Google’s UFO Logo Explained – “All Your O Are Belong To Us”

by Klaus on September 8, 2009

in Tech News

Google UFO Logo - All Your O Are Belong To UsWe all know that Google has this habit of changing their logo on their search engine frontpage on special occasions – but recently they put up a very strange looking logo where you see one of the o’s in the logo being pulled up by a UFO.

No more need for more guessing what that meant, Google published the answer in a Twitter update: “1.12.12 25.15.21.18 15 1.18.5 2.5.12.15.14.7 20.15 21.19″.

Don’t worry, there’s no need to find your Da Vinci skills to crack this one – it has already been done. Each number goes to the alphabet so “1” would be “A” and “12” would be “L” etc.

Result: “All your O are belong to us”.

By now you should have figured it out 🙂

“All your O are belong to us” is a reference to an Internet phenomenon based on the game Zero Wing which has a 20 year anniversary this year.

I assume you haven’t missed the whole “All your base are belong to us”-thingy, so here’s a video to relive the good ol’ days…

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[email protected] Bonus September 8, 2009 at 16:24

that’s wonderful video. this is great to read it. thanks. keep sharing.

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[email protected] delivery melbourne September 10, 2009 at 18:28

great to watch.its looking wonderful.
thanks.

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Mushy Brain September 12, 2009 at 18:04

let me spin another angle on this. gamers know (I wish I didn’t stop playing games) another set of meme these are: fail, win, owned, and pwnt.

what if the phrase used by google recently (meme itself) had another meme in it? OWNED. all your O are belong to us = all your o are owned by us. according to the definition of this meme, OWNED means FAIL if someone does it to you, i.e. you’re screwed. now what is O? there can be many meanings, but going back to basics O means a round hole 🙂

so the phrase now reads, we screwed you in all your holes = we screwed you big time = you’re so screwed = we screwed you hard = … well you get the idea 🙂 but, google is not evil right? can this be a new google-moto? let’s see, they used folksonomy, crowdware and other forms of social collaboration on the net as a free labour and then sold it for big profits.

you are owned 🙂

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