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Transporting! Google's sneaky, squeaky Star Trek doodle

For the 46th anniversary of the original "Star Trek" series, Google offers a doodle bursting with fun sounds and brimming with fabulous hair.

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

There must have been some who, crawling out of bed this morning, told themselves that surely this is the 46th anniversary of "Star Trek."

I don't think I know any of these people. Perhaps I've seen them in bars, perched over their Kindle Fires, reading science fiction.

However, Google has decided that this is the time to create a touchingly quirky doodle featuring some of the great characters of the original series -- all made out of letters and shiny wigs.

In fact, the actual anniversary of the first episode -- alluringly entitled "The Man Trap" -- isn't today. It's tomorrow.

But Google told Mashable that this pert interactive joy has been launched a day early so that dedicated Trekkies and the slower-witted can have a day playing around it to work out all the little storylines and references that are buried within.

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It would be unfair to spoil your joys by telling you everything you can achieve by playing with this doodle.

Personally, though, I enjoyed the sound as much as the vision.

The squeaks, the high-pitched whistley noises and the idiosyncratic elevator door sound just add to the hugely entertaining flavor of the whole thing.

There is more than one location in this tale. You just have to keep clicking around to see where it takes you.

There are tears. There is beaming down. There is even violence.

There is always something hugely uplifting when the doodle team decides to go boldly. This is one of their finest.

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET
Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET
Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET