These days it's hard to browse the internet without being greeted with bad news and uncertainty. Will we crash out of Europe? Will Boris become PM? Are we actually living in a dystopian society or is this just a terrible dream? But today, millions of users are being greeted by something uplifting - a Google Doodle of a falafel tucking itself into a pitta.
But why? It's not falafel day. That's June 12, as any fool knows.
Not many people understand the significance of Google celebrating the circular snack but that's just added to the conversation. Some Twitter users like Rachel Green are embracing the little chap:
I'm not entirely sure why the #GoogleDoodle is celebrating #falafel today, but I am enjoying it! pic.twitter.com/5qqx3PaGpF
- Rachel Green (@RachelEAGreen) June 18, 2019
Others have somehow found a way to turn it into a negative:
You can't make this up. Google doodle: D-Day nope, Fathers day nope, Falafel recipes - Hell yeah.
- Jim Landi - Rudedog (@THErealRUDEDOG) June 18, 2019
Falafel, which is a deep fried Middle Eastern dish made from chickpeas, has had a surge of popularity within the UK in recent months. You only have to walk down the high street to find queues of creative types and office workers spilling out of the doors of their favourite falafel takeaway.
This could be due to the rise in veganism over the past few years, with it being a tasty option that could tempt even the most devoted meat eaters. It's easy to see why these little balls of plant protein are quickly becoming a staple in the millennial diet.
Google Doodle themselves have raised a valid question:
Today's #GoogleDoodle celebrates falafel, the best thing that ever happened to chickpeas-with the possible exception of hummus, of course.
Learn more about these crispy balls of fried plant protein. → https://t.co/k1E4I5gKh2 pic.twitter.com/X1bwoyS28H
- Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) June 18, 2019
Falafel doesn't just taste great though. It's a great source of fibre and is filled with vital nutrients like Vitamin C and B, zinc, iron and calcium. Despite the positive health benefits, some people have found themselves slightly disturbed by the doodle.
genuinely quite disturbed by this falafel with its parsley mouth carefully spreading a bed of houmous and salad into which it and two of its friends will tuck themselves so they can be crushed by the undeserving molars of some bro who works at Google pic.twitter.com/FyFbQgx50h
- Anna Kahn (@AnnaCarlaKahn) June 18, 2019
Sorry @GoogleUK. International falafel day was on 12th June.
- Daniel John Lynch (@DanielJohnLynch) June 18, 2019
I guess that raises the question - do we even need a reason to look at a cute video of a falafel? Sometimes it's nice to look at something cute on the internet like the good old days. Remember when we mainly spent our time looking at pictures of cats?
Now it's a constant flow of news articles that remind you that doomsday could be around the corner - which is a brilliant excuse to go and treat yourself to a falafel.