If you happen upon Google today, you’ll no doubt notice the tasty looking doodle staring back you. It’s in the form of an ice cream sundae, the two “o”s having been replaced by scoops of ice cream, one with a cherry on top for good measure.
Aside from testing your willpower, Google is paying homage to the sundae. It turns out that today is the 119th anniversary of the chilly treat which originated in Ithaca, N.Y, although that fact is up for debate. Especially if you live in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
For according to PC Mag, each of those two cities lay claim to the ice cream sundae. But as the site points out, it looks as if Google is siding with Ithica.
“On April 3, 1892, the Rev. John M. Scott visited the Platt & Colt Pharmacy and its owner Chester Platt in Ithaca after services at the Unitarian Church. Platt served up two bowls of vanilla ice cream, but decided to jazz it up with cherry syrup and candied cherry, according to What’s Cooking America. The duo were so pleased with the creation that Scott suggested it be named after the day it was created, and the ‘Cherry Sunday’ was upon us.”
But what about Two Rivers, you might be wondering? That story puts the discovery of the ice cream sundae in 1881 when a patron of Ed Berner’s Ice Cream Parlor wanted an ice cream soda, but since such drinks were frowned upon on the Sabbath, Berners slathered the ice cream in chocolate sauce instead of soda. Yet according to birth records in the state of Wisconsin, Berners would have only been 17 years old in 1881, and thus unlikely at such a young age to be the sole proprietor of the parlor. Accordingly, the account is called into question.
Google honors all types of things with their doodle. Most recently, Google honored Robert Bunsen (who created the Bunsen Burner) on what would have been his 200th birthday. And while I like science just fine, I like ice cream more.
Which is why I’m glad to learn of the important anniversary today. I think I’ll celebrate by taking the family to our favorite ice cream place, Bruster’s. I wonder if the folks there know about the significance of today. Kinda cool it’s a Sunday, no?