Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Decoders say author H.G. Wells is at the center of Google's crop circle-UFO doodle

Google's Crop Circle Mystery: Is HG Wells at Centre?
Guardian, September 15, 2009
By Alison Flood

One hundred and eleven years ago, HG Wells immortalised Horsell Common in Woking, Surrey as the setting for the first Martian landing in his classic novel The War of the Worlds . Today, the unassuming park was pinpointed by Google in what Twitter users believe to be a reference to the birthday of the father of science fiction.

At around 4am this morning, Google tweeted the latitude and longitude "51.327629, -0.5616088" and a link to today's crop circle "Google doodle", complete with a hovering flying saucer and a missing "l". The coordinates are situated on a road running past Horsell Common, which users of Twitter quickly realised was the location for one of the first and best known alien landings in science fiction.

Read the entire article in the Guardian.

Pictured: Part of the Google doodle. Here's the whole doodle.

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