If you’ve been to Google’s page today, you’ve no doubt noticed their doodle with an UFO sucking up the second “o” in the word. Apparently Google is not talking about why they have chosen this particular doodle on this particular day. Normally a special doodle will link to a page of related stories. Today it simply links to a page of UFO sites, with no apparent reason for doing it today. My guess is this story which hit the interwebs on Sept. 2:
Japan’s new first lady says rode UFO to Venus
“While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus,” Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of premier-in-waiting Yukio Hatoyama, wrote in a book published last year.
“It was a very beautiful place and it was really green.”
In all fairness, the book came out last year but her alleged abduction took place some twenty years ago when she was married to someone else. Actually it’s not clear she considers the incident an ‘abduction.’ Her then-husband brushed off the incident as a dream. Smart guy. If she thinks Venus is lovely and green, she hasn’t been paying attention to the various missions to Venus, which documented a hostile world and crushing (literally) atmosphere. Clouds of sulphuric acid obscure the surface from our view, and the surface temp is a balmy 870F/465C. According to the Wikipedia entry on Venus, the atmospheric pressure at the surface is 92 times that of Earth’s. The Soviet Union’s Venera 5 and Venera 6 probes arrived at Venus on May 16 and 17, respectively, in 1969, and managed to transmit data for approximately 50 minutes before being crushed by the atmosphere 20km up and crashing into the surface.
Anyway, that’s my guess on today’s doodle.
And since it’s raining today and no bike riding to be done, looks like a good day to go to the bookstore and use up my gift card.