A message to the fine folks at Google: You don’t have to greenlight every idea for a doodle that comes along. Birthdays of famous figures from history we can get behind — we’ve been known to dabble in that a bit ourselves — but celebrating the invention of the term “ice cream sundae?” What?
I could kind of understand if they were celebrating the anniversary of the invention of the sundae itself, but they’re not, because nobody knows when that was. There’s some dispute over when and where the term was invented (though there is general agreement that at first it was “sunday” instead), but Ithaca, New York, has the only claim with any sort of documented evidence, in the form of the first known printed mention of the term, in an 1892 newspaper ad.
[Read the rest of Matt Blum’s excellent and ever-so-slightly controversial article, published on Sunday, and please leave any comments you may have on the original.]