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The 12 best animated Google doodles and hacks

For wasting your productivity, nothing beats a good Google Doodle or easter egg -- especially the ones that make us smile and teach us at the same time. Here are 12 of our favorites, from video games to interactive melody makers and more.

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Old-school Atari game Breakout is back, thanks to Google. Just type "Atari Breakout" into Google Image Search -- that's images.google.com -- hit enter, and start knocking through the various levels.

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Oct. 15, 2012: An animated storybook-style graphic celebrates the 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay's comic strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland." See it here.

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Those who missed the 2011 total eclipse of the moon -- a rare celestial treat that lasted an unusually long time -- can catch the replay on Google's latest doodle, which offers a full time lapse of the lunar events.

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In commemoration of legendary musician Les Paul, Google’s homepage transformed into an interactive guitar in June, 2011. The doodle featured a stylized guitar that lets you mouse over the strings to make music, and even record your song. Recordings can be up to 30 seconds long and the site gives a URL for the recording so rocker-wannabe’s can show off to their friends.

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Haven't felt Olympics frenzy yet? The newest Google Doodle will have you up and running. Jump over the hurdles by pressing the space bar, and use the arrow keys to speed up in this Doodle honoring the London 2012 Olympics.

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An animated Google Doodle from April 2012 celebrated the 182nd birthday of Edward Muybridge, the father of the moving image. Click here to see his photos of a galloping horse animate into a movie.

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Google Pac-Man

A screenshot of Google's playable Pac-Man logo -- or Google Doodle -- which reportedly cost companies more than $100 million in lost productivity. Read more.

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Google's homepage was turned into an animated, stop-motion tribute to Art Clokey, the creator of Gumby, who would have turned 90 Oct. 12, 2011. Read more

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Google Animated Doodle

A Google doodle from Sept. 2010 showed an animated explosion of colored balls -- but its meaning was a mystery. Google's official statement says merely that "today's doodle is fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be." Read more

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Google, which regularly changes the logo atop its search page for holidays and special events, switched to a fanciful drawing of a royal carriage being led through the streets of Westminster for the 2011 wedding of Will and Kate.

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To celebrate Oct. 8, 2010 -- which would have been the 70th birthday of John Lennon -- Google created its first-ever animated video doodle. The old saying, A picture is worth a thousand words still rings true, the company noted.
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Google Doodle dance

This is the post that ran from Martha Graham Dance Company's website when Google launched a 2011 animated doodle to celebrate Graham's birthday. How do you fit seven decades of American innovation into 15 seconds? That was the challenge the company Google faced. See it here

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The 12 best animated Google doodles and hacks

For wasting your productivity, nothing beats a good Google Doodle or easter egg -- especially the ones that make us smile and teach us at the same time. Here are 12 of our favorites, from video games to interactive melody makers and more.

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