Google Doodle Honors Author Jules Verne

Today, Google honors the 183rd birthday of sci-fi author Jules Verne, by turning the Google logo into a Nautilus porthole, which can be navigated to 20,000 leagues … under the sea, I suppose.

“Using CSS3 (and with help from our resident tech wizards Marcin Wichary and Kris Hom), the doodle enables anyone to navigate the Nautilus down (nearly) 20,000 leagues with the simple pull of a lever,” Google doodler Jennifer Horn wrote in a blog post. “And for those using devices with built-in accelerometers and the latest versions of Google Chrome or Firefox, it’s even simpler—just tilt your device in the direction you want to explore and the Nautilus will follow.”

Horn said she has been fascinated by one of Verne’s more popular novels, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” since childhood.

“Looking back, I realize that what fascinated me most was the unknown: a creative spark and the imaginative exploration that followed,” she wrote. “Since then, I’ve become more familiar with his work and still believe that exploration is the essence of Verne’s novels. His stories pull the readers into a world filled with infinite potential—be it in the clouds, on land or under the sea.”

Verne was born February 8, 1828 in France. Other famous literary works include “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” published in 1864, and “Around the World in 80 Days,” published in 1873. He died in 1905.

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