Google Homepage an 'Unexplained Phenomenon'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2009 10:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Google’s home page presents a extraterrestrial quandary today, the Telegraph reports. The “doodle”—the sporadic reworking of the Google artwork that usually marks a specific event—depicts one “O” being abducted by a UFO. Mouse over the alien spacecraft and click, and you’re taken to a Google search for “unexplained phenomenon,” which is now No. 1 on Google trends. Still, nobody quite knows what's up with the UFO.

Device Magazine suggests it may be connected to today’s UFO Festival in Exeter, NH. And there’s this clue: Google posted a coded message to Twitter that, translated, reads: “All Your O Belong to Us”—a reference to a bad translation in a Sega game (All Your Base Are Belong to Us) that became an Internet meme years ago. The image’s file name? go_gle.gif (note the missing O). "Maybe someone at Google is just bored and wanted to play a game, or maybe they just saw District 9," writes MG Siegler of Tech Crunch. "The truth is out there."