Google’s Alien Invasion Doodles Finally Explained

google all your o are belong to us

“1.12.12 15 1.18.5 20.15 21.19” That was Google’s Twitter status last September 5, accompanied by a Twitpic link to a screenshot of a Google doodle where one of the o’s is being abducted by an alien craft. The cryptic tweet was a code that was fairly easy to decipher. It read, “All your O are belong to us,” a play on the old Internet meme, “All your base are belong to us.

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“51.327629, -0.5616088” That was Google’s Twitter status ten days later, accompanied by another Twitpic link, this time leading to a crop circle representation of the search engine’s logo. Those numbers turned out to be the coordinates of Horsell Commons, a key location in the science fiction classic, The War of the Worlds.

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“Happy birthday, H.G. Wells!” That was Google’s first tweet Monday, accompanied by a link to another alien invasion-inspired logo and the blog post which officially revealed the reason behind the hitherto mysterious trilogy of doodles: Google actually set out to pay homage to H.G. Wells, author of The War of the Worlds and a slew of other fantastic and influential novels. He was born 143 years ago, on September 21, 1866.