Was The Missing Google ‘O’ Just A Nerd Joke?

On Saturday, Google replaced its logo with a new image. No big deal, right? The company uses commemorative “doodles” all the time to celebrate events.

This doodle, though, didn’t seem to refer to anything obvious. Clicking it brought users to a page for the search term “unexplained phenomenon.”

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After sending the Internet into a tizzy trying to figure out whether Google had inadvertently made contact with ETs, the search engine company Tweeted some numbers which turned out to decode to “All Your O Are Belong To Us.”

Mystery solved, declared the Telegraph. September 5th was the 20th anniversary of the release of Zero Wing, the game that spawned the internet meme “All your base are belong to us.”

But Mashable isn’t buying it and neither are we.

If Google wanted to hat tip Zero Wing, why wouldn’t it have made a more obvious doodle?

Google even released a statement:

We consider the second ‘o’ critical to user recognition of our brand and pronunciation of our name. We are actively looking into the mysterious tweet that has appeared on the Google twitter stream and the disappearance of the ‘o’ on the Google home page. We hope to have an update in the coming weeks.

Our guess (and why this is appearing on this blog)? Google’s hiring. Their infamous game from 04 still sticks in most folks memory, when they created a billboard with a complicated number problem, without mentioning anything about “solve this to get a job” yet anyone who cracked the code would eventually be offered a job at the company.

The billboard recruiting push was looking for math nerds.

This could be the company looking for tech-savvy social media geeks, considering the copious references to popular memes.

We’ll find out in a few weeks, it seems…