Google doodle celebrates Jules Verne's birthday


February 8, 2011 8:40:25 PM PST
Google celebrated Jules Verne's 183rd birthday Tuesday with an interactive doodle on its homepage that pays tribute to his "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" novel.

Users can pull on the lever to move the picture, but they can also tilt the Apple iPad, newer smartphones and laptops with built-in accelerometers to move the picture.

Users can also use the lever on the Google homepage to see a secret reference to Verne's other renowned work, "Around the World in 80 Days." (Use the down and up controls to leap out of the water and look for a hot air balloon in the sky through the "L" portal.)