Rants In Our Pants

Google’s Got Balls (and Other Background Art)

Google gave users the chance to add backgrounds to its classic stark search page. Meet Google as brought to you by Ballmer, Jobs, & some smokin’ hot Swedish twins.

By (@tynanwrites)

June 11, 2010

Yesterday Google made a slight change in its classic no-nonsense search interface. For 24 hours, it added customizable background art — just Google’s little way of sending a cheerful "fuck you" in Bing’s direction.

This was, apparently, a mistake. You could hear knickers twisting all over the InterWebs. eSarcasm partner in Snark JR Raphael collected some of the over-the-top tweets people spewed out in response. From the uproar, you’d think somebody tried to paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa or put underwear on Lindsay Lohan.

Personally, we liked the background art. Mostly because we weren’t limited to the safe choices Google provided, but could upload our own devious creations. Here are a few we came up with before Google pulled the plug:

"Hey, the iPad is just another computer, Google is just another search engine, and Megan Fox is just another brunette. I’m just sayin’."

You just know Ballmer fantasizes about this every night before he goes to sleep. It’s his ‘happy place.’

And this is Eric Schmidt’s nightmare. Is it just our imagination, or is the Steve in the middle just slightly taller?

We understand this is now the default search page for all TechCrunch employees. And if they don’t like it, they have to spend an hour in the Pain Closet with Michael.

Wait, what were we searching for again? We’ve completely forgotten. And suddenly don’t care.

Don’t know about you, but we find it much harder to surf for porn when Marissa’s watching.

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