I don’t know if any of you have happened to see the Google customized logo for today but it looks distinctly like it’s missing the letter “l.” Knowing Google’s penchant for obscure mathematical, scientific, and literary references, I did a search on the word “Googe.” Sure enough, I got a wikipedia entry for Barnabe Googe, a 16th century poet mostly famous for the following line:

I did but see her passing by, and yet I love her till I die.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Update: Think this is nifty? Please go digg it so more people learn about it! Share the love on Valentine’s Day!

Update #2: It was just pointed out to me by one of my friends (thanks, Derek) that there’s another, even more direct reference for the day in here – Debbie Googe of “My Bloody Valentine!” Nice find, D!

Update #3: Perhaps we are reading too much subtlety into the Google design. Google’s own blog now has a post stating that “those with true romance and poetry in their soul will see the subtlety immediately.” I still like Derek and my interpretation better so neener neener!

Update #4: And now the disgusting ones from Urban Dictionary via the comment thread from the UK Register article. Warning – these are not “safe” and explicitly reference sexual practices in a “coarse” manner. And this whole post started so innocently!