By Nancy Blair, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO ? Prepare to be completely charmed by Google's Valentine's Day confection: an illustrated audio Doodle with clickable love story snippets from public radio'sThis American Life.
Head toGoogle's U.S. home page, and you'll see six candy hearts. Clicking on them will reveal a simple animation and take you into one of the stories: "Crush;" "Mr. Right;" "First Kiss;" "4Ever Yours;" "Puppy Luv;" or "Blind Date."
Here's a taste:
• "Crush" tells the story of a teenage girl who says she has "had a crush on this one guy for four years." She says: "This one time I sneezed ... and he goes, 'You know, you have a really cute sneeze.' ... I was all day on that sneeze comment. I must have told every one of my friends."
• In "Mr. Right," a woman speaks of waking up the morning after her wedding day with a heavy heart and doubts about her decision to marry. She walked "all day long" to clear her head, worrying her brand new husband. "That was 42 years ago, and since then, I have never questioned."
• "Puppy Luv" takes us to a middle school dance, where much cuteness ensues. "Is there anyone you like at the dance?" the narrator asks. "There is," a young man says. "It just started, like, 20 minutes into this."
Google's Jennifer Hom on the Doodle team says the project began a couple of months ago whenThis American Lifehost Ira Glass visited Google. Glass and his team contributed some archival audio clips and came up with some new ones for the Doodle project.
The idea: To portray love in a host of different "incarnations."
Give it a listen for a sweet start to your Valentine's Day.