It looks like the claim put fourth by San Narciso "video game expert" Meyrian Dofskelge and The Bennington Vale Evening Transcript that Thursday's Google Houdini Doodle contained secret animation was a hoax.
Michel Wester of DoodleCollect.com, who originally confirmed for us that the doodle was genuine, contacted Google about the secret animation and received a prompt response from an official Google spokesperson:
"No secret animation in the Houdini doodle."
It's baffling what anyone thought they would gain from this. Guess I should have been suspicious when Dofskelge refused to explain how he "unlocked" the animation. "Like any good magician, I keep my secrets," he said.
The real secret was that he was lying.
UPDATE: The Bennington Vale Evening Transcript as now added a disclaimer to the site and story: "All stories are works of satire and parody."