Pony Express Google Doodle

Today, April 14, is the 155th Anniversary of the Pony Express! To celebrate the Google Doodle on the google main search page is a game that you can play.


You are the pony express rider trying to make it through 3 different legs of your journey while avoiding obstacles and collecting as many pieces of mail as possible along the way.


At the end you are welcomed into town and get a score which helps the overall global score of everyone playing together and which you can share with your friends:


You can see I did not do every well, but it was my first time!

Here is the video Google made about the Pony Express and what went into making this game:

Hope you get to play the game and good luck!

Google Doodle

Have you seen today’s Google Doodle (the picture on the front page of Google featuring their name)?

It features Eadweard J. Muybridge’s The Horse in Motion. If you click the picture on Google you can see the horse running. Below is how the actual set of pictures looked that make up the moving image:

Eadweard J. Muybridge was an English photographer who used multiple cameras to take pictures of animals and people in motion, and then project them as moving pictures before film with a zoopraxiscope. His work helped to better understand how people and animals move.

The Horse in Motion was created to settle a common question of the day scientifically: were all four of a horses hooves on or off the ground while at a trot? Art leading up to this point in history often featured the horse at a trot with all legs off the ground, the front legs out in front off the ground and the back legs out behind the horse and off the ground. He set up a series of cameras to take pictures as the horse trotted past. It took only a single picture to actually solve the debate: a horse does have all four hooves off the ground at once, when all legs are tucked up under the animal while switching between pulling forward with the front legs and pushing forward with the back legs, not as artists had depicted.

Here are a couple more examples of movement photography by Muybridge:

Horse Jumping


Buffalo Running

(Animal Locomotion, Plate 700, 1887)


(found here)