FROM THE SEEDS of inspiration, six squat and beautiful sculptures are born.
In some countries, Google is celebrating Halloween on Monday with a very entertaining time-lapse video short.
The â€œGoogle Doodleâ€ on the home search page features company employees and friends who carve their way onto the global digital landscape by carving out a half-dozen uber-plump pumpkins. The video â€” which reveals a certain fun and lively â€˜esprit-de-gourdâ€™ â€” was shot at Googleâ€™s Mountain View, Calif., campus.
(And yes, as we all know: Pumpkins and gourds are only related â€” zaftig cousins of the Cucurbita.)
During the course of the daytime carving, some of the eclectically dressed workers pose and make a human â€œpyramid,â€ a couple of staffers in costume as Santa Claus and Uncle Sam. (Meanwhile, the funky Balkan brass of New Yorkâ€™s Slavic Soul Party! is piped into our eardrums.)
By nightfall, the six jack-oâ€™-lanterns can be seen enchantingly illuminated from within â€” spelling out the word â€œGoogle.â€
While some link Halloween â€” or All Hallowsâ€™ Eve â€” to ancient Pomona and Parentalia festivals, the holiday is traditionally traced to Samhain (or Samuin, meaning â€œsummerâ€™s end), the festival upheld by the Celts and Gaels beginning in the 10th or 11th century.
â€œHalloweenâ€ is said to be a Scottish variant of â€œAll-Hallows-Evenâ€ â€” or â€œevening.â€
Last year, Google celebrated All Hallowsâ€™ Eve with a â€œScooby Doodleâ€ â€” a progression of five mystery-solving images featuring the cartoon characters from â€œScooby Doo.â€
This year, the Google video reportedly was posted early before being quickly taken down. According to one NBC site: â€œYouTube sent an email notification to subscribers of Googleâ€™s official channel Friday. The message read â€œGoogle just uploaded a video: â€˜Pumpkins ALL v5 FINALâ€™ â€.â€™
Whether that trick was intentional or not, Google, thanks for the visual treat.
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