Tomorrow, is Frank Zamboni’s 112th birthday. In honor of this, Google has created a very fun interactive Google Doodle. This doodle puts you behind the wheel of a “Zamboni.”
For those of who live in North America and do not want to wait for the latest Google Doodle to go live, you don’t need to wait! Thanks to the “magic” of timezones, you can head on over to http://google.co.uk or http://google.com.au, and immediately enjoy this fun.
This Google Doodle plays likes a video game. Skaters mess up the ice, and it is your job to resurface the ice, using the machine for which Frank Zamboni is known: The Zamboni Ice Resurfacer, more commonly referred to as a “Zamboni.” To navigate, you can either use your up, down, left, right, arrow keys, or you can use your mouse.
Each time you successfully resurface the ice, a new, more difficult, level begins.
Be careful! You may run out of gas. Or, you may drive over a banana peel. Or, if you are unfortunate like me, you may end up killing your driver as you accelerate at speeds unsafe for the ice, and slam your Zamboni into the sides of the arena!
Frank Zamboni was born January 16, 1901 and died of lung cancer in 1988. He invented his ice resurfacing machine in 1949. Since the invention of the Zamboni, more than 10, 000 machines have been sold, with the 10, 000th machine sold to the Montreal Canadiens. Aside from your familiarity with the Zamboni during hockey games and ice skating, in the hit television sitcom Cheers, Eddie LeBec died as the result of an unfortunate Zamboni accident.