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February 11, 2011

Thomas Edison tribute from latest Google doodle

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by Darren Allan

Google’s has scribbled up another doodle, just a few days after the search engine displayed an interactive celebration of Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday.

This time the subject of the doodle is inventor Thomas Edison, who was born on this day in 1847, 164 years ago.

Edison is famous for the sheer amount of inventions he managed to pack into his 84 years of life. Over 1,000 US patents were made out in his name, and he held many in the UK and Europe to boot.

In contemporary times, he’s featured in an episode of Family Guy and The Simpsons, the latter being the “Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”, where Homer becomes obsessed with trying to beat Edison’s massive number of inventions.

Edison’s more famous inventions include the motion picture camera, phonograph, and a practical, long-lasting light bulb. The animated doodle shows all these innovations, with the light bulb glowing on and off, over on the right-hand side.

His very first invention was an electric vote recorder, patented when he was 21. Politicians didn’t welcome the device, however, and it taught him an important lesson – invent where there’s a demand for an item.

And don’t ever trust politicians. Presumably the electric vote recorder wasn’t in favour, because it might just have made fiddling that much more difficult…

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  1. well done google loving there doodles

    Comment by Adam — February 11, 2011 @ 10:57 am

  2. Wow, Edison was an animator too?

    He was way ahead of his time if he made an episode of Family Guy. :P

    Comment by Yzer — February 11, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

  3. Heh… Yes, I could’ve phrased that better :)

    Comment by Darren Allan — February 11, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

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