Google honours Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl with an iconic interactive doodle

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Google homepage has paid a tribute to Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl through an interactive doodle on his birth anniversary today.

Doodle’s iconic illustrations show a Peruvian raft created from balsa wood and other native materials used by Heyerdahl who sailed it thousands of miles in the Pacific Ocean to prove that primitive craft was robust enough for adventurous sea journeys. It is quite surprising that Heyerdahl sailed 8,000km in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands sustaining on the fish.

It was ratified that the nine-balsa-log raft was reasonably maneuverable. The fish that appeared between the nine balsa logs was enough to make the sailors to rely on for hydration even in the absence of fresh water.

The Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who was born on October 6 in 1914, died of brain tumor in 2002 aged 87. He also wrote a book on his adventure which has been translated in many languages and an award winning documentary has been made on his adventure.

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According to Wikipedia, Heyerdahl was involved with many other expeditions and archaeological projects. He remained best known for his boat-building, and for his emphasis on cultural diffusionism.

It is said that Heyerdahl after receiving the diagnosis for brain tumor, he prepared for dying by refusing to eat or take medication. The Norwegian government granted Heyerdahl the honor of a state funeral in the Oslo Cathedral on April 26, 2002.