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Google began its St Patrick’s celebrations in 2000 with a green logo sporting a jaunty leprechaun’s hat.

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Top of the morning to you! Today is Saint Patrick’s Day and here at Mashable we’re celebrating with a gallery of all the Doodles Google has ever posted on March 17.

There’s plenty of different shades of green, a good few shamrocks and yes, you guessed it, a leprechaun or two to be spotted in our ultimate Saint Patrick’s Day Google Doodle collection.

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So, don an oversized green hat, grab yourself a Guinness and take a look through our image gallery. Let us know in the comments below how you’ll be celebrating St. Paddy’s special day this year.

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Google continued its practice of spotlighting innovators who are obscure to the general public on Wednesday with a tribute to Akira Yoshizawa, the “grandmaster of origami.”

Yoshizawa, who would have been 101 years old on Wednesday, is credited with raising origami – the technique of folding paper into decorative forms — from craft to art. For much of his early life, Yoshizawa toiled in obscurity, but he got his big break in 1951, when a Japanese magazine hired him him to fold the 12 signs of the Japanese zodiac. Over his lifetime, he created more than 50,000 origami models and wrote 18 books detailing his designs. Yoshizawa died in 2005.

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The tribute for the Japanese-born Yoshizawa — in the form of paper figures spelling out the Google logo — comes almost exactly a year after the March 11, 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan.

In addition to being Yoshizawa’s birthday, Wednesday, March 14 (3/14) is Pi Day. Google celebrated that date in 2010 with a Pi Day Doodle. That logo contained not only the famous πr2 formula, but five other uses of π: measuring the volume of a sphere (V = 4⁄3 πr3), computing the circumference of a circle (C = 2πr), measuring the volume of a cylinder (V = πr2h), Archimedes’ calculation of pi (223/71 < π < 22/7), and the periodic function of sin(x).

 

The Christmas Google Doodle

Each package gets larger with a mouse-over, and a click on it returns search results pertinent to a specific country or the particular items featured in a scene. This one is from December 24, 2010.

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2000

Google’s first ever Doodle for Valentine’s was a cutesy cartoon cupid.

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. And one thing we definitely adore about the holiday is Google‘s love-themed Doodles.

The first V-Day-inspired Google Doodle appeared in 2000, and we’ve seen classic designs ever since. We’ve taken a look back at all the love-themed logos Google has shared over the last 12 years.

SEE ALSO: 10 Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Special Tech Geek

Take a look through our gallery. Let us know in the comments if you prefer this year’s video design over the still images from years gone by.

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1999

Google’s first ever holiday Doodle was a simple snowman.

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Google has thrilled us with some excellent Doodles this year, and it’s ending the year on a high by revealing 2011′s festive design, decked out in Christmas lights. To celebrate Google style, let’s take a look back at all the holiday Doodles since the very first simple snowman design in 1999.

SEE ALSO: Where Do Google Doodles Come From?

Take a look through our gallery, which documents the evolution of Google’s Holidays Doodles. Let us know in the comments which year’s creation is your favorite.

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Since Google’s latest Thanksgiving-themed Doodle went live, people have been playing around with the interactive logo trying to find all 12 Easter eggs the search giant hinted at.

To save you hours of clicking through the various combinations, here we have gathered up the entire delicious dozen of special designs that appear — with a puff of smoke — when you hit on just the right combo of parts.

Take a look through the gallery for a slideshow of all the fun designs the Google Doodle team came up with. We think we’ve got them all, but let us know in the comments if you’ve found any others.

1. Astronaut

Cycle through to select silver feathers, set the hair to the plain black style and then click through the footwear options — you will soon see astro-turkey! Cosmic!

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1998

Google’s second ever Doodle (following the “Burning Man” Doodle that started it all) celebrated Thanksgiving. Note also that this early logo still boasts the exclamation mark.

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Happy Thanksgiving! We are celebrating the holiday here at Mashable with a look back at all the Thanksgiving-themed Google Doodles since the search giant launched.

With a penchant toward poultry-themed designs, every single year Google has presented a special Doodle to mark the occasion. Here you can see them all in one place.

Take a look through our gallery. Let us know in the comments which is your favorite Doodle — and why.

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1999

A duo of pumpkins greeted Google users for the first ever Halloween illustration.

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Here at Mashable, we love Google’s homepage “Doodles.” The online giant is well-known for its Halloween-themed logo each year.

For your viewing pleasure, we have collected all of Google’s October 31 homepages into a great gallery.

Join us in celebrating Halloween the Google way and take a look through the images above. Let us know in the comments which is your favorite — and why.

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This month marks Google’s 13th anniversary. The exact date Google celebrates this occasion has changed over the years, according to the company, “depending on when people feel like having cake.”

However, in recent years Sept. 27 is the day the celebratory Google Doodle appears; since 2002 Google has put up a different doodle each year. To celebrate, we’ve taken a look back at every birthday doodle posted — starting with today’s.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Animated Google Doodles | Happy Birthday Google: Making Sense of the Web for 13 Years | 10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

Take a look through the image gallery below. Shout out your felicitations to Google in the comments below.

2011




Google’s gone old school this year with a retro-styled birthday party snapshot.

2010

Last year Google borrowed a Wayne Thiebaud cake to mark its 12th year in business.

2009

Google kept things simple in 2009; it replaced the “L” of the logo with the number 11.

2008

For Google’s 10th anniversary the logo reverted to the original design from 1998. Apparently the server rack symbolizes what Google had hoped to receive as a birthday present.

2007

Google’s second “G” was replaced with a colorful piñata in 2007, appropriately shaped like a number nine to mark that special day.

2006

A cute cupcake greeted Google users on Sept. 27, 2006.

2005

Seven scrumptious-looking slices of cake decorated the logo to occasion Google’s seventh year in business.

2004

In 2004 Google selected Sept. 7 to celebrate its six-year milestone.

2003

The company also chose Sept. 7, 2003 as the date to cut the cake for Google’s fifth birthday.

2002

Finally, the very first doodle celebrating Google’s birthday appeared on September 27, 2002. It marked the search engine’s 4th anniversary.

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Blown away by the interactive Google Doodle for guitarist/inventor Les Paul’s birthday? So are we, and it’s left us hungry for more. The Google Doodle design team has created more than 700 works of art, many of them are moving in more ways than one.

SEE ALSO: 7 Les Paul Google Doodle Tunes From Mashable Readers

The graphic at the top of this story is one of Google’s first animated doodles, written in Javascript and commemorating the 366th birthday of Isaac Newton on January 3, 2010.

Follow along in our gallery, and you’ll see nine more of the best-moving Google doodles. Some are animated, some are interactive, some are videos, but all are engaging.

The Christmas Google Doodle

Each package gets larger with a mouse-over, and a click on it returns search results pertinent to a specific country or the particular items featured in a scene. This one is from December 24, 2010.

Charlie Chaplin Google Doodle

The Google Doodle team stars in an homage to the silent film era’s greatest star’s 122nd birthday, April 15, 2011.

Google Logo Repelled by Cursor

This one’s done in HTML5 and was published Sept. 7, 2010. To get the full effect, here’s one you can interact with.

John Lennon Google Doodle

This Doodle commemorated John Lennon’s 70th birthday in October 2010.

Martha Graham

Debuting May 10, 2011, this Google Doodle marks dance choreographer Martha Graham’s birthday.

Robert Bunsen

Commemorated the birthday of the inventor of the Bunsen burner, German chemist Robert Bunsen on March 31, 2011.

Thomas Edison

The great inventor’s birthday was honored on February 11, 2011.

Independence Day

Marking Independence Day 2010.

Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversary

A real crowd pleaser was this playable Pac-Man game, which appeared on May 21. 2010. Here’s a playable version.

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The second Sunday in May is when the United States, Canada and a great many other countries around the world honor their mothers, celebrate motherhood and thank moms for all they do.

Since 2000 Google has marked the occasion every year with one of its infamous Google “Doodles,” transforming the classic homepage to a tribute to moms everywhere.

We’ve looked back this Mothering Sunday over a decade of mom-themed Doodles. Take a look through our gallery below and let us know which Doodle you’d like to dedicate to your mom in the comments below or via one of the share options to the top left.

2011

For this year, Google goes with a lovely yet simple design.

2010 — United States

Last year saw a great Google homepage for the United States made up of quirky glass vases…

2010 — Global

…While the rest of the world enjoyed a tulip-themed effort.

2009

The logo was pretty in pink in 2009 with a lovely bunch of blooms making up the “l.”

2008

This sweet scene sees a mother duck and two chicks decorating the famous logo.

2007

Children’s hand-drawn pictures are a cute touch on 2007’s Mother’s Day Doodle.

2006

Google said it with roses and entwined “os” back in ’06.

2005

The search giant keeps the floral theme going in 2005.

2004

A single pink rose adorns 2004’s offering.

2003

Another Mother’s Day, another vase of posies, again neatly taking the place of the “l.”

2002

A single red rose was Google’s offering to moms everywhere in 2002.

2001 & 2000

The original Mother’s Day Google Doodle appeared in the year 2000 and remained unchanged the next year. It linked to a tribute page to the then Googler’s moms.

A Tribute to Our Moms

And here is a grab of part of that page, still live today at Google.com/moms. With the sweet statement that “no search could find better moms than these,” Google illustrated the lyrics of Howard Johnson’s song M-O-T-H-E-R with portraits. Aw!

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