Jacques Cousteau 100th Birthday?

Google paid tribute to Jacques Cousteau on what would have been the French undersea explorer's 100th birthday.
In the home page there is a drawing of a scuba diver. Placing the cursor over the drawing reveals the phrase "Happy 100th Birthday Jacques Cousteau!"
I noticed the letters are all black as if they had oil on them, did they do this on purpose because of the oil spill?

asked by Roger in History | 2252 views | 06-11-2010 at 05:00 PM

I think they're just honoring the man for his birthday.
Jacques Cousteau, born in 1910, would have turned 100 on June 11, 2010. Aside from revolutionizing underwater research and recreation by inventing the aqualung, Jacques Cousteau's film work introduced the world to the wonders of the undersea ecosystem.

This anniversary of Cousteau’s birth seems especially relevant given the recent BP oil spill scandal. He created the Cousteau Society in society in 1973 to support exploration of the seas, helping people “understand and appreciate the fragility of life on our Water Planet”.

Sailing around the world on his iconic ship Calypso, Cousteau captivated audiences with the unknown ocean and inspired future generations of ocean explorers. Friday marks the 100th birthday of Jacques Cousteau, whose legacy still lives on in the quest to unravel the ocean's mysteries.

According to Wikipedia Jacques Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the aqua-lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie francaise. He was commonly known as “le Commandant Cousteau” or “Captain Cousteau“.

Cousteau made great documentaries over the span of over 30 years, and had several television shows. In fact, Cousteau won many awards for his work, including three Oscars, two for Best Documentary and one for Best Short Subject, Live Action. His legacy was such that there are countless pop culture references to him.

answered by Jaida | 06-11-2010 at 05:01 PM

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