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Google's Les Paul doodle lets you play and listen

In celebration of Les Paul's 96th birthday, Google launches a doodle upon which you can strum and then play back your strumming.

Over the next 24 hours, I wonder how many offices will be filled with the sound of bad guitar playing.

You see, in order to celebrate the 96th birthday (he died in 2009) of the original guitar hero, Les Paul, Google has created a doodle that you can actually strum.

A thing of beauty, it is. And already America's talented have begun to post their Google Doodle Dandies onto YouTube in search of international acclaim. (I have embedded just one specimen.)

All you have to do to create your own little theme and annoy all of those around you is to hover your mouse over the doodle's strings and pluck your way to mellifluousness.

You can even play the fruits of your labors back to anyone who will listen or whom you have first tied down to a chair.

This could even become a simultaneously more fascinating and annoying doodle than the one that had a Pac-Man game that one or two people found somewhat trying. (Especially the old lady who phoned tech support asking them to turn it off.)

Everyone should brace themselves for all kinds of creative and joyous guitar solos ringing through the firmament. Surely someone will attempt the middle part of the Carpenters' "Goodbye to Love."