Google is celebrating British logician John Venn's 180th birthday today with a Google Doodle game involving those fun overlapping circles that descibe relationships in data. The game asks users to select two categories and Google will fill in the intersecting segment. For example: With the two categories of "Musical" and "Thrives in cold," the intersect is: An ice cream truck.
Venn -- who first explored Eulerian circles in his "On the Diagrammatic and Mechanical Representation of Propositions and Reasonings" published in the Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science in 1880 -- probably didn't expect his illustrations to be used for comedic purposes, but jokes using Venn diagrams have become a popular Internet meme.
Below are some of the Internet's best odes to inventor John Venn:
In honour of John Venn's 180th birthday, here's my favourite Venn diagram: the Venn pieagram. pic.twitter.com/dX9qhluk45
— Ryan Nelson (@RyanJohnNelson) August 4, 2014
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) August 4, 2014