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Google doodles Loch Ness Monster, as well as searching for it

Technically Incorrect: Google has gone overboard with the Loch Ness Monster. Yesterday, a Street View search of the loch. Today, a doodle.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Yes, there are secrets that lurk beneath Loch Ness. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Google has become obsessed with monsters.

Perhaps it thinks the European Union is one. Or perhaps in searching for the Loch Ness Monster using Google Street View cameras, the company is just looking to secure a search monopoly of the kind the EU finds so distasteful.

Coinciding with that quest, the company today released a doodle that honors Nessie. More particularly, it honors a photograph published in 1931 that seemed to show a long neck emerging from the loch.

It was said to have been taken by Col. Robert Wilson and was featured in the Daily Mail, when it was an even more respected publication than it is today.

Sadly, the image turned out to be a plastic head shoved on top of a toy submarine.

Google's doodle teases that sad truth, with three alienlike creatures powering the submarine and Nessie's head poking above the waterline.

If you click on the image, it takes you through to the most searched-for photos about Nessie. All of which are real, unless proved otherwise.

We humans do so love our mysteries. Perhaps that's why the EU is taking action against Google. It just wants to know how this search business really works. And whether non-evil intentions really exist at all.