Controversy Over Google's Ice Cream Sundae Logo

Apr 3, 2011 - 3:38 pm 220 by
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Google's Ice Cream Sundae Doodle

As you likely know, Google has a special logo for on all localized Google properties for what they say is the 119th anniversary of the Ice Cream Sundae.

There are two issues that I spotted from users about this special Google Doodle.

(1) Is it really the 119th anniversary of the Ice Cream Sundae? Some say yes, and some say no.

Wikipedia documents the contested origins of the date but says today is the date it was first documented.

The contested dates and locations include:

  • Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1881
  • Evanston, Illinois in 1890
  • Ithaca, New York in 1892
  • Plainfield, Illinois

I spotted a couple people upset about this and one posted their thoughts in a Google Web Search Help thread.

(2) The other issue is that on Google UK you see this Doodle and not a special Doodle for it being Mother's Day in the UK.

Today is the official date that mothers are being celebrated in the UK and Google, for the first time in a long time, doesn't have a special Mother's Day logo on Google UK for this date.

There are a few threads in the Google Help Forums with people upset about this.

Finally, some speculate the reason Google is celebrating today globally with an Ice Cream Sundae logo is because it is the upcoming version of their Android OS, which has become very popular. We are expecting a mid-2011 release for Android 4.x, nick named "Ice Cream."


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