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Google doodles a nerdy Dad for Father's Day

To celebrate Father's Day, Google creates a doodle in which a robot delivers a mug to Dad. Well, sort of.

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

We have much for which to thank Richard Nixon.

If it wasn't for him, the phenomenon that is the Google Father's Day doodle might never have occurred.

For it was one of America's more dramatic presidents who signed Father's Day into law in 1972. So now we can look forward to Google celebrating it the way it forgot to celebrate Flag Day earlier this week.

Generally, Google has looked upon fathers in a traditional manner. Last year, it offered Dad a necktie.

This year, we see Dad in need of a mug of coffee (it might be Irish coffee, or even tea, I suppose).

It arrives with the help of a remote-controlled robot, which works at the command of the letter "e."

Instead of being a large man in a lumberjack shirt and a mood to down a large Bushmills, Dad here is portrayed as a glasses-wearing nerd.

Of course, one might speculate that he's wearing Google's famed glasses and he's secretly surfing for excitement within them.

On the other hand, it's a pity that he's been shown in this nerdy way, as a deep survey has just explained that very few family members think Dad is the guy who knows anything about gadgets.

Still, I am sure that many fathers will be glad that Google is attempting to persuade children -- who are merely waiting for the car to be handed down or the trust fund to be disbursed -- to offer a little love to their downtrodden, and perhaps financially pressured parent.