The Google Doodle first appeared in 1998 when co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin hit up the infamous Burning Man festival. Larry and Sergey boldly announced Google's arrival by temporarily adjusting Google's logo on their homepage. The two replaced the second "O" in Google with a stick figure, spawning the first Google Doodle from the sands of Nevada.

Today, the Google Doodle pays tribute to various people, holidays and anniversaries from around the world. Artists like Takashi Murakami have even contributed doodles, adding to the hundreds of works from throughout the year. There were plenty of praiseworthy displays from 2011, and we saved you some time and energy by hooking you up with a collection of our favorites. Check out the best-of-the-best and countdown The 25 Coolest Google Doodles of 2011.