Google likes to commemorate various holidays with what are known as "doodles," and has remembered days like Jordan's Independence Day and the 107th birthday of Rachel Louise Carson, the American marine biologist and conservationist whose book is generally credited with advancing the global environmental movement. But Google couldn't be bothered to remember Memorial Day 2014, Weasel Zippers said Monday.
A visit to Google early Monday showed no "doodle," or anything else letting the visitor know the significance of the day, intended to commemorate those who gave their lives in service to the country. Just before this article was published, however, Google managed to place a tiny American flag with a yellow ribbon on its front page, almost as an afterthought.
Google celebrated the Rubik's Cube on May 19, Polish Mother's Day and the 166th birthday of Otto Lilienthal, the man known as the Glider King. The search engine also marked India Counting Day on May 16, Mexico's Teacher's Day and the 104th birthday of Dorothy Hodgkin, a pioneer of the field of X-ray crystallography.
Last year, the site also honored Cesar Chavez on Easter Sunday. But it seems Memorial Day wasn't important enough to Google.
"To give you an idea how petty and vindictive Google is, in the past when I was running Adsense if I posted something even slightly negative about Google it was almost a guarantee I’d get hit with an unrelated policy violation the next day," said a post at the conservative blog Weasel Zippers. Earlier this month, we reported the blog lost its Adsense revenue, prompting others to believe Google is targeting conservative sites.
It's not the first time Google has ignored Memorial Day. In 2007, Newsbusters reported that the search engine ignored the holiday for at least two years in a row. Ironically, a Google search indicated Google routinely ignores Memorial Day.
"Don't the folks at Google think it's important to recognize those that have died for their freedom and helped make them some of the weathiest people on the planet?" Noel Sheppard asked at the time.
Bing, on the other hand, welcomed visitors with a sea of American flags.
"Well done," Jim Hoft wrote at the conservative blog Gateway Pundit.