Today’s February 14 Google Doodle covers some territory by integrating the celebration of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.’s birthday (154th) and Valentine’s Day. George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an American engineer who created the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. His design challenge was to “Out-Eiffel Eiffel,” the structure of the Paris International Exposition of 1889.
I thoroughly and somewhat obsessively enjoyed exploring all the various interspecies dates depicted in this interactive animation. Since their compatibility or lack of was not based on the animals signs in the Chinese Zodiac I stretched my imagination for the connections. The Tortoise and The Hare was the only pair I was familiar with based on a classic story. And this theory may be far-fetched but the choice of these typically taboo couples may be related to the popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine which claims he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. If you have any thoughts on the choices of these animal pairings please share. (Google Doodle explanation)
My foodcentric focus then zeroed in on the Valentine’s dates that are food-related: