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Sesame Street Google doodles coming to a close?

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(Read caption) Sesame Street characters take part in a photo shoot for today's Google doodle commemorating the show's 40th anniversary.

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OK, it was cute – for a while.

But we at Innovation can't be the only ones not exactly sad to see Sesame Street characters make their exit from Google's homepage.

In a post on the company's official blog, Google's Marissa Mayer acknowledged that the furry creatures that Google visitors had seen hanging around the site's homepage were there to celebrate the 40th birthday of Sesame Street, the longest-running children's show on television.

In addition, Mayer invited readers to look through a gallery of high-resolution images of the Sesame Street Google Doodles, including one that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the ensemble image gracing screens today (We've got it at the top of this post, but Mayer encouraged fans to make the doodles their desktop backgrounds and hang them around their cubicles.)

US visitors to Google's homepage saw a line-up that included Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, Oscar, Elmo, and Count von Count, but a look through the gallery reveals that other countries's Google pages hosted a few characters a little less-familiar to US viewers. Ieniemienie from the Netherlands, Boombah and Chamki from India, Abigail from Israel, Kami from South Africa, and Mexico's Abelardo Montoya all posed for their countries' Google hompages last week. (Also, German Google took a break to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall this week and Wallace and Gromit got a nod with a UK doodle celebrating their show's 20th anniversary.)

We first took notice of the furry Google visitors last Monday, when Big Bird's distinctive legs subbed-in for the L in the familiar Google logo. The post got us remembering our favorite clips from show's run, and we collected them in a greatest-hits post (with a little help from YouTube.)

And when we saw that this Sesame Street trend was here to stay (for a few days, at least), we polled readers on who they thought should next get the Google doodle treatment (and boy, did you respond!)

After today, we imagine the Google homepage will be back to normal, but don't be surprised if you see another doodle – or a perplexing disappearing act – sometime soon.

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