Valentine's Day Google doodle

by Preetha 2013-02-14 10:41:05

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Google has posted an interactive doodle on its homepage in rememberance of George Ferris's birthday. Ferri is renowned for inventing the Ferris wheel, which is featured in the doodle.

Ferris was born on February 14, 1859, in Galesburg, Illinois, USA to George Washington Gale Ferris Sr. and Martha Edgerton Hyde. In 1864, five years after Ferris was born, his family moved to Nevada.

Ferris responded with a proposed wheel from which visitors could view the entire exhibition. He called it a wheel that would "Out-Eiffel Eiffel." However, the planners weren't convinced as they feared his design for a rotating wheel towering over the grounds could not possibly be safe.

When built, the Ferris Wheel had 36 cars, each fitted with 40 revolving chairs and able to accommodate up to 60 people, giving a total capacity of 2,160. When the fair opened, the Ferris Wheel was the star attraction. It carried around 38,000 passengers daily, taking approximately 20 minutes to complete two revolutions, the first involving six stops to allow passengers to exit and enter and the second a nine-minute non-stop rotation.

Valentines day is an auspicious day celebrated all around the world by lovers with their special ones.

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