Loch Ness Serpent Dragon, via PixabayThe folks over at Google have a remarkable sense of humor. One of the ways they express it is through their “Google Doodles,” or graphics/animations/minigames they show, just for one day, on their main home page.

Today’s Doodle is a rather amusing choice — given its circumstances. It involves the Loch Ness Monster … and more specifically, the so-called “Surgeon’s Photograph” which made Nessie the most famous nonexistent creature on the planet:

Google Doodle for 4/12/2015 — Loch Ness Monster

Google Doodle for 4/12/2015 — Loch Ness Monster

Google further adds to the amusement by allowing folks to use its “Street View” feature to roam Lake Ness itself to search for “Nessie.”

Here’s the “Surgeon’s Photo” itself, in case you don’t recall it:

'Surgeon's Photo' of Loch Ness Monster / by Robert Kenneth Wilson, published in Daily Mail (UK) on 4/21/1934 / via Buzzfeed (URL: http://www.buzzfeed.com/brendanklinkenberg/explore-loch-ness-with-google-street-view#.fkQNdV7zq)

‘Surgeon’s Photo’ of Loch Ness Monster / by Robert Kenneth Wilson, published in Daily Mail (UK) on 4/21/1934 / via Buzzfeed

The most endearing part of all of this is that the photo this Doodle commemorates — which for many constitutes unassailable “proof” there’s a monster in the Scottish lake — is actually a hoax, as Time magazine explains (WebCite cached article). Yes, I’m sorry to break it to all of you who actually think it’s a real photo of an actual lake monster, but it truly is not. It is, instead, a small serpent’s head that had been attached to a toy submarine.

The cold fact is that every search that has ever been done for “Nessie” — and there have been a number of them, including some using technology that was state-of-the-art in their times, the most recent in 2008 — has utterly failed to find anything like the fabled lake monster. That’s right … there is absolutely no foundation to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Bupkis. No amount of insisting it “must” be there, because it’s been reported to be there, can ever make this so.

Photo credit: Pixabay.

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