An Easter egg is a hidden feature that the programmers have deliberately put in their software, often for their own amusement.
Generally, it is something entertaining but hidden, and has been put there on purpose by the developer.
A true Easter egg needs to satisfy the following criteria,
- Hidden and un-documented
- Not malicious
Google is well renowned for their many Easter Eggs.. and without further ado, here is a list of some of my favorites.
Google Reader’s Secret Ninja Mode
up + up + down + down + left + right + left + right + b + a
.. just repeat these commands to “undo”
Several years ago there was a Chuck Norris phenomenon happening and Google also jumped on board.
In Google search type in “where is chuck norris” then click on <I’m feeling lucky>,
Google’s search result says,
Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.
Answer to Life the Universe and Everything
This is an oldie but a goodie.
The answer to life the universe and everything is 42.. according to Douglas Adams in his book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
In Google search type in answer to life the universe and everything.. then click <Google Search>,
Google knows the answer too,
This Easter egg is for the true geeks..
In Google search type in recursion.. then click <Google Search>,
Google will display,
.. click on this link..
Google will now display,
Searching for ascii art turns Google’s logo into Ascii art,
Number of Horns on a Unicorn
In Google search type in number of horns on a unicorn.. then click <Google Search>,
Once in a Blue Moon
The saying once in a blue moon refers to a period of time in which something doesn’t happen that often.
Technically, it’s when there are two full moons appearing in one calendar month.
When this is Googled,
Google gives the actual period of time in which a blue moon appears.. about once in every 32 months,
Worst Band in the World
Google has a sense of humors with this one.
Google worst band in the world.. then click <Google Search>,
Google will also offer you to see results for Creed (the worst band in the world),
Google Pig Latin
The Google search page for Google Pig Latin,
The Google search page for the Swedish Chef Bork from the Muppets,
The Google search page for Pirates,
The Google search page for Hackers,
Google Elmer Fudd
The Google search page for Elmer Fudd,
The Google search page for Star Trek’s Klingons,
Google Gothic = Googoth
Google google gothic.. then click on <I’m Feeling Lucky>,
Where are my socks?
Google Where are my socks?.. then click on <I’m Feeling Lucky>,
Easter Egg Game
Try to catch the Easter eggs,
French Military Victories
In Google search type in French military victories.. then click on <I’m feeling lucky>,
The result returned is the albinoblacksheep.com’s owner taking advantage of Google’s ranking system,
Niniane Kicks Ass!
Ningana Wang was an engineering manager at Google.. and after winning a bet, her Google colleague Dan Ignore renamed Google’s HQ (Google plex), on Google Maps.. to Niniane Kicks Ass!,
If you enter the word Google into a mobile phone it spells out 466453..
Try entering 466453.com into your address bar,
Martians on Mars
In Google Earth go into Mars mode by selecting View –> Explore –> Mars,
Then search for Meliza,
You will be taken to Meliza the Martian.. and can even converse with it,
If you press Ctrl+Alt+A in Google Earth.. a flight simulator game will appear,
The keyboard controls for the flight simulator can be found here.
Enter the term table into Google Translate from Spanish to English.. translates to “Is there a striptease bar in the town?“,
Enter the term não into Google Translate from Portuguese to English.. translates to “Can I sit in a non-smoking area?“,
The Google employees knew when the Google car drive past whilst mapping out the streets of Mountain View, CA.,
The Street With a View project collaborated with Google during the mapping of Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh,
Google Maps has a nice little Easter egg when asking for driving directions from San Francisco to Tokyo,
When putting Google Chrome into incognito mode.. Google tells you this doesn’t affect the behavior of other people.. especially Surveillance by secret agents and People standing behind them,
iPhone – Bells and Whistles
In Google’s iPhone app there is a hidden feature.. click on Settings,
then continue to scroll UP.. a hidden menu item will appear called Bells and Whistles will appear,
April Fool’s Day
Since 2000 Google have come up with some cool hoaxes on April Fool’s day.. here are some of them.
2000 – Google MentalPlex
Rather than typing your search query, Google Mental Plex reads your thoughts as you stare into the Mental Plex circle,
2002 – Pidgeon Rank
The technology behind Google’s great results is officially explained,
2004 – G-Cheese: Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering
Google said they were interviewing for engineering positions on the moon,
2005 – Google Gulp
You can’t make Google searches smarter.. but you can make the people performing searches smarter.. with Google Gulp,
2006 – Google Romance
Dating is a search problem. Solve it with Google Romance,
Google TiSP (Toilet Internet Service Provider)
Google provides free wireless broadband,
2007 – Gmail Paper
Gmail Paper was part of April Fools Day 2007.. where users could get a hard copy of their Gmail’s,
2008 – AdSense for Conversations
Display Google ads in an unobtrusive screen above your head,
Among other things, allows you to publish text to the web and your most recent blog posts appear at the top of the page..,
Google gDay with MATE
Search tomorrow’s web, today! Google Australia has introduced a new feature, enabling you to search content on the internet before it is created,
Gmail Custom Time
Any email you send to the past appears in the proper chronological order in your recipient’s inbox,
Have YOU found any cool Google Easter eggs?
Let us know!