My day started like many other days, with a Google search, and I was met with a retro-ish doodle, desktop computer from the past, balloons, party hat and all. I immediately knew we were going down memory lane today! And it turns out, its all about Google today as the internet giant marks 17 years.

Here are some bits from the 17th birthday doodle:

“In the world of computer programming, 17 is widely considered the least random number. To assume we made it this far without a little luck, though, would be like assuming lava lamps, turtlenecks, and servers held together by building blocks are harbingers of success. For our 17th birthday, we offer a glimpse into our humble beginnings, when branded hockey jerseys were cool and Savage Garden had a number-one single.”

Sometimes you just gotta work with what you have. That’s how you end up with a server made up of toy building blocks.
Sometimes you just gotta work with what you have. That’s how you end up with a server made up of toy building blocks.
Not sure what’s more of a relic from a bygone era, the lava lamp or the computer monitor.
Not sure what’s more of a relic from a bygone era, the lava lamp or the computer monitor.
Inside Google’s first office, also known as Larry and Sergey’s Stanford dorm rooms. They had to find alternative arrangements when the Stanford IT department complained they were sucking up all the bandwidth.
Inside Google’s first office, also known as Larry and Sergey’s Stanford dorm rooms. They had to find alternative arrangements when the Stanford IT department complained they were sucking up all the bandwidth.
Google’s first homepage (It worked better than it looked.
Google’s first homepage (It worked better than it looked.
The 16th birthday doodle
The 16th birthday doodle

Happy 17th Birthday Google!