I just checked it on Google.co.nz because I thought it was a joke.
Yes, ugly.... but not from google
<< Happy 12th Birthday Google by Wayne Thiebaud. Image used with permission of VAGA NY. >>
Is it from 70's....
I'm seeing a Chinese language alt-text even though I'm on otherwise-English google.com. Google a while ago started to localize the logos independent of which site I'm at (so I'm now regularly getting Chinese celebration logos even though I'm on google.com).
I just noticed this too when visiting Google.com in Finland.
I think it's nice. Simple and beautiful.
("Google Doodle History: How did it get started?")
Taken from Google.com's HTML source:
alt="Hyvää 12-vuotissynttäriä, Google. Doodle-design: Wayne Thiebaud, kuva julkaistu VAGA NY:n luvalla." title="Hyvää 12-vuotissynttäriä, Google. Doodle-design: Wayne Thiebaud, kuva julkaistu VAGA NY:n luvalla."
google started a few weeks ago using geo-info for showing doodle on google.com
eg. the Oktoberfest-Doodle was available at google.com from germany with german alt-title.
that is just the first time you see this.
Yeah, I saw this first time on Monday.