Google Doodle Commemorates Largest Snowflake

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Google simulates a wintertime country scene in its latest Doodle commemorating a very large snowflake that supposedly fell 125 years ago.

It's hard to imagine a snowstorm in which the snowflakes are more than a foot in diameter. But on January 28, 1887, a snowflake observed in Fort Keogh, Montana, was logged at nearly 15 inches in diameter.

Visit Google's home page for a fitting scene to remember the world's largest snowflake.

Once there, wait a few seconds and a huge snowflake falls into the picture, acting as the center "O" in Google's name. The "G" is half-buried in snow and a water tower in the background serves as the "L." With the landing of the snowflake some little black birds fly away and a cow takes note by lifting and turning its head.

Click on the Doodle and you'll get search results for "World record for the largest observed snowflake" but other than a few Wikipedia pages, most of what you’ll see are news stories covering the fact that Google has created another Doodle.

While some might wonder why a new Doodle counts as news considering Google has made so many of them over the years, the fact remains that plenty of people still get a kick out of them. And for the search engine giant, it works out to be a pretty good trick for getting masses of people stopping by its site.

Saturday's Doodle also serves to help Google get word out about the changes it is making to its privacy policy. Under the Doodle are these words, "We're changing our privacy policy and terms. Not the usual yada yada. Learn more."

Not usual, indeed.

The news that Google will be rolling out a consolidated privacy policy on March 1 has been criticized by people who have privacy concerns because by combining its more than 70 privacy documents and making user data available across Google products, Google has more access to user information while at the same time users can't opt out.

Google says the changes will result in a simpler and more intuitive experience for users, one in which nifty things will be possible. For example, Maps could automatically provide driving directions based on an appointment you've just made in Calendar.

Read more: Google's New Privacy Policy: Why You Should Care

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