The new "Pirate Times" doodle on the Google home page commemorates neither a holiday nor a celebrity --- it is the doodle created by Wisconsin second-grader Dylan Hoffman, who emerged the winner in the Doodle 4 Google contest this year!
There were as many as 114,000 submissions for the Doodle 4 Google contest - an annual competition among student artists - this time round; and after announcing 50 state winners in early May, Google had opened the contest up for public voting to select four national finalists.
Hoffman's winning doodle is an attractive artwork which has all the buccaneer accouterments - including a skull flag, bandana, parrot, treasure, and a deserted island - and everything fits perfectly into the classic Google logo. The doodle renders a pirate as the Google logo's second "G;" a coconut tree as the "L"; and a treasure chest as the "E."
According to an official Google blog post, Hoffman said, with reference to his doodle, that he would sail a pirate ship in search of treasure, and enjoy stunning sunsets from deserted islands in the company of his colorful pet parrot.
Noting that Hoffman "has come into some treasure of his own," Google revealed that his win brings for him "a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook computer and a $50,000 technology grant for his school." Google also added that as a bonus, Hoffman's "Pirate Times" doodle "will grace the front of a special edition of the Crayola 64-crayon box, available this fall."