Last week, Google’s playable guitar doodle in honor of what would have been Les Paul’s 96th birthday quickly went viral, earning a second-day holdover and its own permanent URL. According to some estimates, over 5 million hours and $100 million worth of productivity were wasted on the doodle on the first day alone. This, of course, depends on how you define the word “wasted.” Besides being an ideal procrastination tool, the doodle produced a number of compositions ranging from the Beatles and Lady GaGa to the Indian national anthem.
Of course, other doodles have wasted our time or brightened our days over the past few years. Let’s look at some of them, starting with the second-most popular one (after Les Paul’s guitar).