Google Doodle Hard at Work on 2012 Resolutions

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Google's first Doodle of 2012 shows a series of tasks that are sure to play out in many households this year -- listening to headphones, exercising, playing a guitar, reading a book and cleaning up a mess.

Now that the party is over, some of those resolutions you've promised to fulfill are displayed on the Internet search leader's website. Each letter of Google’s name is doing something productive.

The big G, with headphones on, is possibly learning how to say "hello" in multiple languages. The Os, exercising, appear to be getting in shape, something millions of people will be trying to do.

The small G, on a guitar, is strumming a tune -- because, after all, you can't exercise without music. The L, with its nose in a book, looks to be learning or taking up literature. And because somebody has to do it, the E is cleaning up a mess, possibly the one made the night before on New Year's Eve.

The letters aren't actually animated or interactive like many of Google's Doodles.

But clicking on them will bring you to a Google search results page for "New Year's Day," where you can learn about New Year's Day news such as the earthquake that rocked Tokyo earlier Jan. 1, or find out things like the Rose Parade is never held on Sunday, so it'll be pushed off until Monday and this last happened in 2006.

Want to compare Sunday's New Year’s Day Doodle with the 2011 version?

Just check out the recently revamped Google Doodle website, which lets you search for them by year and country and even offers a Doodle store where you can buy posters, t-shirts, coffee mugs, skateboard decks, and other paraphernalia featuring your favorite Doodles over the years since the first one surfaced in 1998.

(See also "20 Notable Google Doodles.").

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