A series of mysterious doodles featuring crop circles and unidentified flying objects appeared between 5th September and 21 September 2009. For some conspiracy theorists, this was Google’s cryptic way of saying “We made contact, finally". For others, this was a tribute to a classic video game or a movie. On 5th September 2009, the Google homepage unveiled a logo with a flying saucer abducting the second O. when users clicked the logo, they landed on a search page of unexplained phenomenon displaying news and results for all purported UFO landings and hoaxes.
On September 15 2009, a new doodle emerged on the Google homepage and was as mysterious as the first one. The logo had a cornfield with the word Google etched in the format of crop circles and a UFO hovering above it. The mysterious crop circle-themed Google homepage image took the user to a search page for crop circles. Speculations became rife as someone from the Google team tweeted a string of co-ordinates within a few hours of revealing this logo. The coordinates pointed to Woodham Road, Surrey. While users were still perplexed by the logo and the following tweet, some enlightened minds quickly figured out that the doodles had something to do with H.G. Wells, as Woodham Road was the place of the first extraterrestrial landings in War of the Worlds, Wells’ classic sci-fi novel.
The third doodle confirmed the speculations as it featured Tripods, one of the alien characters from H.G. Wells’ classic science-fiction novel. Later, the Google Team revealed the three doodles were designed to celebrate the 143rd birthday of H.G. Wells. The series of UFO Google logos was one of the most mysterious doodles to date.