Google commemorates the 80th anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz' with a head-spinning surprise

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Dorothy's stolen ruby red slippers from the "Wizard of Oz" have been recovered by FBI after 13 years. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Posted: Aug 25, 2019 8:20 AM
Updated: Aug 25, 2019 8:20 AM

If you open up a Google window and search "The Wizard of Oz," the results page may seem pretty average.

That is until you click on the ruby slippers, appearing next to the movie's name.

Voila! You've been whirl-winded back in time to a search results page far, far away that appears in black and white.

Oh my! This is terrifying! Take me back to the present where there's color on my screen!

Fear not. Just hit that little twisting tornado, and that will send you back to where you came from.

Why is Google playing games with our search page? August 25 is the 80th anniversary of the classic musical fantasy.

Judy Garland starred as Dorothy Gale, the girl from Kansas who had dreams of going "somewhere over the rainbow." She and her dog Toto made an enemy -- the Wicked Witch of the West -- after her dreams came true and sent her to a magical world through a tornado.

But she also got to snag a pair of sparkly ruby slippers (which, by the way, they were stolen in real life but found 13 years later).

"The Wizard of Oz" was the winner of Academy Awards for the classic song, "Over The Rainbow" and for best score.

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