World News – US – Google Doodle celebrates the German Dachshund bobblehead or « Wackeldackel »


Google Doodle celebrates the bobblehead dachshund, or as it is called in German, the « Wackeldackel » The Weiner dog breed – which is a German symbol – was first mentioned on this day in 1723, in Johann Friedrich von Flemming’s book, Der vollkommene teutsche Jäger, ou The Complete German Hunter

The dachshund is recognized as a German symbol and its status was further enhanced in the 1970s with the creation of the Weiner dog doll with a wobbly head The dachshund bobblehead, or Wackeldackel, was originally an accessory of vehicle and can be found perched on the rear dashboard of traditional German cars

In the late 1990s, the Wackeldackel was featured in a German advertisement and as a result, 500,000 were sold in eight months, reigniting the popularity of the Weiner dog doll

Google Doodle sees the dachshund’s head nodding as the car rolls down the highway, with the Bavarian Alps in the distance Keep an eye out for a German flag hot air balloon and other classic German symbols back -plan

It was an important part of the Doodle, according to Chief Engineer David Lu, who said: « Because this Doodle celebrates a German icon, my inspiration was all German culture »

The interactive Google Doodle also allows users to stroke the head of the nodding dachshund causing the dog to smile and share love with yellow hearts

Google says, « Keep an eye out for those four-legged passengers on the road! You never know when you might spot a hot dog in the back of a hot rod »

Lu also said that as an engineer he was interested in the physics involved in the action figure: “Not only is the Wackeldackel a celebration of an iconic German dog breed, it is also an example of German DIY

« I spent hours debating the implementation of the bobble; whether it was to be a spring, a pendulum, or a simple sine wave It was worth relearning the grade 10 physics just for this Doodle « 

Although he admits that he learned the word Wackeldackel in the creation of this Doodle, Lu says he wants « all non-German speakers to appreciate the word Wackeldackel, which perfectly sums up what this Doodle is. It’s also much more descriptive than «  German Bobblehead Wiener dog ‘ »

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