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How Julius Richard Petri revealed just how gross the world really is (+video)

The latest Google doodle honors Julius Richard Petri, who would have turned 161-years-old today. 

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The Google homepage today depicts six Petri dishes colored in the familiar blue, red, green, and yellow hues of the Google logo. Click on the small play button in the center of the doodle, and a gloved hand will swab down the dishes. A few seconds later, the bacteria begins to grow – lumpy, clotted, yellowy, viscous bulbs of bacteria. Appetizing, it isn't. 

In fact, on the scale of palatable Google doodles, we'd rank this far behind the mouth-watering Julia Child illustration (created on the occasion of what would have been the famous chef's 100th birthday); the chocolatey cake doodle of 2012 (created on the occasion of Google's 14th birthday); and any number of the recent Thanksgiving doodles (this one still occupies a special place in our hearts). 

Then again, the latest Google doodle isn't meant to make us hungry. It's meant to honor the memory of bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri, who would have turned 161-years-old today. So who was Mr. Petri, exactly? Well, he was a pioneering scientist, for one – and also the guy who gifted the world with the only thing you probably still remember from biology class. 


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