Everything from Dilbert to Pac-Man has shown up in Google's legendary doodles. Here are a few of the most notable throughout the years.

Many people visit Google's home page on bank holidays, birthdays and anniversaries in hopes of finding a Google 'doodle'.

Meticulously designed by a chief doodler (that's right, Google has had a chief doodler since the early days) and a team of four additional doodlers, Google's doodles have featured everything from Dilbert strips to playable Pac-Man games.

Here are 20 of the most notable Google doodles throughout the years.

Burning Man - August 30, 1998

The first-ever Google doodle appeared in the summer of 1998, when cofounders Larry Ellison and Sergey Brin wanted to alert the world that they were at the Burning Man festival. The official story is that they wanted to send an out-of-office message to people "in case the site crashed and someone wanted to know why nobody was answering the phone."

Dilbert - May 24, 2002

Google's Dilbert doodle is a tribute to every working person's favourite comic strip. This doodle actually ran for five days - Monday through Friday - and featured a different comic panel for each day (together they made up an entire strip, of course).

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