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The Big List of 50+ Google Easter Eggs and How to Access Them

SEJ   2021-04-15 09:02:29

AnagramSuperMarioBrosAskewSecretcodeandBletchleyParkTheanswertolife,totheuniverseandtoeverythingBreathingexerciseWarinBaSingSeCha-chaslideAlovelettertoPlutoConway"sGameofLifeDinosaurGame(Chromeonly)TextualadventureorinteractivefictionRolloverThefunniestjokeintheworldFestivusFidgetSpinnerSpinnerOnceinabluemoonGreenHillareaFlipacoinFunfactsIfeelcuriousGooglein1998GoogleLogoHistoryKerningMarqueeHTMLBHTMLPirate,HackerorBorkBorkLanguageMetronomePAC-MANGoogleDoodlePlaySnakeRandomnumbergeneratorRecursionRolladiceSolitaireDreidelTic-tac-toeWebdriverTorsoTimerWhatsounddoesthisanimalmake?WubbaLubbaDubDub3DEasterEggServerStatus418:I"mateapotThenumberofhornsonaunicornSpiritlevel(mobileonly)LoneliestnumberBaconnumberSpellingnumbersPlayMinesweeperValentine"sEasterEggEarthDayQuizFriends+CharacterPRIDEinGoogleSheetsPiRetiredEastereggsWhohidesEastereggsbesidesGoogle?HaveyouspottedanewGoogleEasterEgg?Asidefromthedeliciouschocolatecandiesthatmanyofuslovetoeatinthespringtime,“Eastereggs"haveawholedifferentmeaningwhentheycomefromgoogle.AnEasterEggisanunexpectedfeatureingames,movies-andinthiscase,Googlesearchoranotherofitsproducts.Thesesecretgoodiesareusuallydiscoveredbywordofmouthorbyaccident.InthiscolumnyouwilllearnhowtoactivateatonofdifferentGoogleEastereggs.Seehowmanyyoualreadyknewandhavefunactivatingtheonesthatarenewtoyou.Butfirst,wheredidthisfuntraditionofhidingcheatsandgamesincodestart?LongBeforeGoogleEasterEggsBecomeAtariSteveWright,formerdirectorofsoftwaredevelopmentatAtari,hasbeencreditedwiththetargetinventingtheterm"Easteregg"forthisparticularuse.HediditafterbeingupsetEmployeeWarrenRobinettsnuckhisnameintoagameheprogrammedbutwasnotcredited.Anelatedgamerdiscoveredthissecretcommunicationhiddeninahiddenchamberinthegameandwrotetoexpresshowmuchtheylovedfindingit.Initially,thesuperiorsofAtariwerefuriousandconsideringreworkinggofthegame,butWrightwasabletoconvincethemotherwise.Hesuggestedturningthisboo-boointoagodsendbymakingitcompanypolicytoincludehiddenfeaturesinfuturegames.Afterall,whatkidwouldn"tlovetohuntthoselittle"Eastereggs"?Hewasright,butnoonecouldhavepredictedhowmuchofaculturalphenomenonEastereggswouldbecome.Today,hiddenlinks,postsandfeaturescanbefoundeverywhereandeverywhere-includingGooglesearch.SpecialthankstoAbbyVillarica,editorialassistanthereatSearchEngineJournal,forhelpingtotestthemandcapturetheEasterEggvideosbelow.Grabadrink,makeyourselfcomfortableandcheckouttheseGoogleEastereggs.Seewhichonesarenewtoyou!1.AnagramHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[anagram]or[defineanagram]intoGoogle.Whathappens:Googledisplays,Didyoumean:NagARam.2.SuperMarioBrosHowtotriggerthiseggEaster:type[supermariobrothers]intoGoogle.What"sthematter:GoogleEasterEggscanreallybringnostalgia.Example:Searchingfor[supermariobrothers]triggersaglitteringblockofcoinstoappearintheconpanelbirths.Clickonittogetyour200pointsandberewardedwiththisdeliciousSuperMarioBros.coinsound.Itlookslikeyoucanclickthisindefinitely...IkeptgoinguntilIheardaOne-Upsound,thenclickedsomemore.Eventuallythedogsbarkingatmydeskmademestop.3.AskewHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[wrong]intoGoogle.What"sgoingon:theGoogleSERPtiltsslightly;it"sgoingawry.6.BreathingexerciseHowtotriggerthatEasteregg:type[breathingexercise]intoGoogle.Whathappens:takeaminute(literally)andresetwithaconsciousbreathingexercisefastatthetopoftheSERP.7.WaronBaSingSeHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:enter[WaronBaSingSe]inGoogle.What"sgoingon:herearesomeonefromAvatar:TheLastAirbender.Query[warinbasingse]andGooglewilltrytocorrectyou."Didyoumean:THEREISNOwarinBaSingSe"searchresultslinksforthisphrase.8.Cha-chaslideHowtotriggerthatEasteregg:type[cha-chaslide]intoGoogle.What"shappening:Simplythebestthingeveriswhatishappening.Checkit,clickontheiconstocontinue,andmakesureyoursoundisenabled.9.AlovelettertoPlutoHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:enter[pluto]inGoogle.What"sgoingon:ItmightnottechnicallybeanEasterEggasitisn"tgamifiedinanyway,butit"sabitoffunwithsomeone"spersonality"anotherwiseinformativesearchresultsspace.Ifyou"reGenXoraXennialcrossoverlikeme,youmightrememberwhenPlutowasdemotedfromplanetarystatusandwewereforcedtoquestioneverythingweeverlearnedinelementaryschool.Googlepayshomageto"our"favoritedwarfplanetintheknowledgepanelofthisfunEasteregg.10.Conway"sGameofLifeHowtotriggerthisEasterEgg:Type[TheGameofConway"sLife]inGoogle.What"sHappening:Looktotherightandyou"llseeananimationthatshowshowthepopulationismultiplyingandhowalllifebegan.EggEasterBonus:Conway"sGameofLifealsoauto-populatesinGoogleDocsusing[Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E][Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C]onWindows,or[⌘+Option+Shift+E][⌘+Option+Shift+C]onMac.13.RolloverHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[rollover]inGoogle.Whathappens:GoogletracksyourorderandtheentireSERProllsover.14.ThefunniestjokeintheworldHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[WennistdasNunstuckgitundSlotermeyer?Ja!BeiherhunddasOderdieFlipperwaldtgersput!]InGoogleTranslate.What"sHappening:World"sFunniestJokeorKillerJokeisfromMontyPython,andasthelegendsays,anyonewhohearsthejokewillquicklydieoflaughter.SearchingthisinGoogleTranslatereturns[FATALERROR]inEnglish.Dead.15.FestivusHowtotriggerthisEasterEgg:Type[festivus]intoGoogle.What"shappening:It"savacationforallofus!George"sfatherFrank"sobsessionwiththeChristmasalternativewasacommongagonthe"Seinfeld"TVshow.WiththisEasterEgg,theopportunityisheadingtotheSERPswithaFestivuspolecoveringthepage,toptobottom,left.22.I"mFeelingCuriousHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[I"mfeelingcurious]intoGoogle.What"sHappening:Muchlikethe"FunFacts"EasterEggabove,Googlerandomlydisplaysfactsthatyoucanbrowsetosatisfyyourcuriosity(andboredom,let"sfaceit.honest).23.Googlein1998HowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[Googlein1998]inGooglesearch.What"sgoingon-he:look…itwasyourgooglesearchexperimentin1998!ClickonaresulttogototheWaybackMachine.I"mdiggingthelogo.Click"Bringbackmeinthepresent"torestoreordinaryandeverydayGoogle.26.MarqueeHTMLHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[marqueeHTML]or[marqueetag]inGoogle.Whathappens:Thetextindicatingthenumberofresultswillscrollfromrighttoleftlikearealrectangle.27.BHTMLHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[bHTML]intoGoogle.Whattodohappening:allinstancesof"B"and"HTML"inSERPsflashforaslongasyouareonthepage.28.Pirate,hackerorBorkBorklanguageHowtotriggertheseEastereggs:changethelanguagesettings(p>Searchp>p>Showmore)toenjoythe"eGooglePirate,HackerorBorkBorksearchexperience.What"shappening:HackerorLeetSpeaklanguage(13375p34k)replacesthenormallettersofthealphabetwithdifferentASCIIcharacters.YoumayrememberBork!Bork!AsacommonrefrainfromTheSwedishChefon“TheMuppets."Notethemenuoptionsfor“Imeges"and“Shoeppeeng"-Ibetyoujustreadthisinthevoiceofthechef!29.MetronomeHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[metronome]intoGoogle.What"shappening:UAmetronomeappears,allowingyoutokeeparhythmof40to218BPMatthetopofthesearchresults.30.PAC-MANGoogleDoodleHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:enter[pac-man]inGoogle.What"shappening:theclassicPAC-MANappearsinacodesnippet.Onclickingplay,itopensasaninteractiveGoogleDoodlewhichyoucanplayusingthearrowkeys.Becareful…it"snoisy!Weleftthesoundoutofourvideoincaseyou"resupposedtobeworking,butifyou"replayingonlineyou"llgetthefullexperience.31.PlaySnakeHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[playsnake]inGoogle.WhatHappens:ASnakeGameAppearsinSearchResults.ClickonPlayanditexpands;Usethearrowkeystocollecttheappleswithoutcrashingintothewalls.32.RandomnumbergeneratorHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:enter[randomnumbergenerator]inGoogle.What"sgoingon?Google"srandomnumbergeneratortoolappearsatthetopofsearchresults.Bydefault,itgeneratesanumberbetween1and10,butyoucanadjusttherangeaccordingtoyourneeds.Butdon"tgetcarriedaway.Lockontoomanyzerosandyou"llkillthepooremojiman.33.RecursionHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[recursion]intoGoogle.What"sgoingon:Thisoneiscute.Inprogramming,recursionisdefinedas"theprocessofdefiningaproblem(orsolutiontoaproblem)intermsof(asimplerversionof)itself.Forexample,wecandefinetheoperation"findyourwayhome"asfollows:Ifyouareathome,stopmoving."Search[recursion]onGooglescreens,didyoumean:recursion?Clickingonitreloadsthesamesetofresults.34.RolladiceHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[rolladice]or[rolladice]inGoogle.Whathappens:Aninteractivesnippetappearsatthetopofthesearchresults.Choosea4,6,8,10,12oreven20sideddieandclicktoaddmoretothegame.ClickRolltoshakethemup,yourtotalisdisplayedinthebox.35.SolitaireHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[solitaire]intoGoogle.What"shappening:ApreviewofGoogle"ssolitairegameappearsatthetopofsearchresults.ClickplaytoopenthegamebyoverlayingtheSERPsandchooseyourlevelofdifficulty:EasyorHard.36.DreidelHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[dreidel]intoGoogle.Whathappens:Aspinningdreidelappearsinsearchresultsinaninteractivedisplaythatyoucankeepplaying.37.Tic-tac-toeHowtotriggerthateggEaster:type[tic-tac-toe]intoGoogle.What"sgoingon:Here"sanotherfuntime-suckgamehiddeninGooglesearch.Tic-Tac-toeletsyouplayagainsttheamachineorafriend(onthesamedevice),andchooseEasy,MediumorImpossiblegamelevels.38.WebdriverTorsoHowtotriggerthatEasteregg:type[webdrivertorso]intoGoogle.What"shappening:In2013,aYouTubechannelisappearedandpostedthousandsof11-secondvideosmadeupofredandbluerectangleswithbeeps.Mystified,theinternetdiditsmagicandspokeofeverythingfromalienstoalienspiestoexplainthechannel.BythetimeGooglefinallyrevealedthiswasatestchannel,webdriverlegendTorsohadtakenalifeofhisown.EventheBBCreportedonthis.Today,activatethisGoogleEasterEggandyouwillseeananimatedseriesoftheiconiccoloredshapestotheleftofthesearchbox(onthedesktop).39.TimerHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[timer]inGoogle.What"sgoingon:Areyoutryingtocooktheperfectegg?Maybeyou’redoingawritingsprinttogetthisblogpostout.Eitherway,querying[timer]takesGoogle"shandytimertooltothetopoftheSERPs.40.Whatsounddoesthisanimalmake?HowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[whatsoundsadog](withoutquestionmark)inGoogle.What"shappening:Aninteractivepanelofanimalmapsappearsinsearchresults.Scrolldownandclickonthedog,penguin,baldmouse,tiger,orothercreaturetohearthesounditmakes.ThedownarrowonthepanelopensupmoreGooglegames,toys,andtools(manyofwhicharefeaturedinthisarticle).Clickon"Moresounds"toopenapanelwithmorethan50animalsthatyoucanhearontheSERP.41.WubbaLubbaDubDubHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[wubbalubbadubdub]intoGoogle.What"sHappening:"RickandMorty"fansaregoingtolovethisone.SearchingforthisseeminglyabsurdqueryleadsGoogletowonder:"Didyoumean:Iamintremendouspain,pleasehelpme"fromExplanationofBirdmanoftheterm.HowtotriggerthisEasteregg:.Whathappens:theteapotpageisa418Responsecode.Mozillaexplains:44.ThenumberofhornsonaunicornHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[thenumberofhornsonaunicorn]intoGoogle.What"sgoingon:Similartothejoke"Hitchhiker"sGuidetotheGalaxy",searchfor"thenumberofhornsonaunicorn"andthesearchenginewillshowyouthecalculatorwiththeanswer“1."45.Spiritlevel(mobileonly)HowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[bubblelevel]intoGoogleonyoursmartphone.Whathappens:justsearchfor"bubblelevel"onyoursmartphoneandyouwillinstantlyhaveaninteractiveleveleronyourmobilephone.HowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[loneliestnumber](alllowercase)intoGoogle.Whathappens:findthe"loneliestnumber"inthesearchboxandtheGooglecalculatorwillshowyoutheanswer"1".47.BaconnumberHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:Type[baconnumber]+thenameofanyfamouspersonintoGoogle.What"sHappening:SixDegreesofKevinBaconisagamethatshowsusallconnectedinonewayoranother-anditallcomesbacktothefamousactor.Whenaresultistriggered,acodesnippetappearsatthetopoftheSERPexplainingtheperson"sBaconnumberandreferringtothesourceofthatinformation.48.SpellnumbersHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[anynumber=english]intoGooglesearch.What"sgoingon-it:Googlespecifiesthenumberforyou.Note:Themaximumvolumeofnumbersis13.Youcan"tgoanyhigher;trustme,Itried.49.PlayMinesweeperHowtotriggerthatEasterEgg:Search[minesweeper]onGoogle.What"shappening:OnepreviewappearsatthetopofSERPs.Clickingonitopensaminesweepergame(withmuchlowerqualitygraphics,Imustsay)50.EastereggforSt.ValentinHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:tosearchfor[sqrt(cos(x))*cos(300x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01,sqrt(6-x^2),-sqrt(6-x^2)from-4.5to4.5]onGoogle.WhatHappens:Aswiththe3Degg,enteringamathematicalformulatriggersagraph.Likethe3Degg,itdoesn"tappearonasearchresultspage,butonitsown.51.EarthDayQuizHowtotriggerthisEasterEgg:enter[EarthDayquizearth]onGoogle.What"sgoingon?AnswerthemultiplechoicequestionsillustratedinthisfunandsimpleGooglegametofindoutwhichanimalyouare(I"maheadmantis,forthosewhoaredyingtoknow).52.Friends+characterHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:enter[friends+ross,phoebe,monica,etc.]ongoogle.What"shappening:CheckouttheknowledgepanelforeachFriendscharacter.Thereisadifferenticonforeachwhichtriggersanactionuniquetothischaracter.Monica"sknowledgepanel,forexample,animatesthespongethatcleansthelist(anodtoMonica"scompulsivehousekeeping).ClickingtheguitaronthePhoebepanelturnstheSERPsintothebackdropforacatjumpingandstruttingacrossthescreentoPhoebe"siconicsong"SmellyCat".53.PRIDEinGoogleSheetsHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:inGoogleSheets,type"PRIDE"witheachletterinaseparateworksheetcolumn.WhatHappens:TriggerRainbowColumnsandPayHomagetoLGTBQ2SRightsbyputtingPRIDEastheheader.54.PiHowtotriggerthisEasteregg:type[pi]inGooglesearch.Quehappens:acalculatorappearswiththevalueofPi.RetiredEasterEggsEasterEggssuchasZergRush,AtariBreakout,ThanosandtheInfinityGauntletnolongerseemtoworkonGooglesearch-atleast,notregularlyenoughformetodoso.SomecanstillbefoundinWhohidestheEastereggsbesidesGoogle?Disneyfrequentlyinsertsiconiccharactersorelementsintoitsfilmssothateagle-eyedviewerscanspotthem.TwooftheseexamplesHereisthegenieofAladdinpullingSebastianfromtheLittleMerma idfromacookbookandRapunzelfromTangledattendingElsa"scoronationinFrozen.StephenSpielberg"srecentoffering"ReadyPlayerOne"crammedintoEastereggsreferencingeverythingfrom"BacktotheFuture"to"StarWars"andevennoddingtotheAtariAdventuregamethatpopularizedthewholeconceptinthefirstplace.ThisdoesnotmeanthatRobinettwasthefirstpersontoincludeSecretEggsinhismedia.TheprogrammerswhoworkedonTheFairchildChannelFconsole,whichpredatedthegamebyfouryears,addedtheirnamesinthedemogame,andmovielegendAlfredHitchcockwasknownformakingbriefcameosinhisownfilms.Thelistgoeson…Whatisclearisgivingpeopletheopportunitytobeinterestingthingsinunexpectedplacesaddsanotherdimensiontoaalreadyenjoyableactivityorcanhelpbrightensomeone"sday.AndIdon"tknowaboutyou,butmydayscoulddefinitelyusesomesolacewiththegoodnessofEasterEggslately.Die-hardgamersandTVjunkiesareparticularlyreallythrilledtodiscovertheseeggs,oftenspendinghours,weeks,monthsdoingso.However,whiletherearesomethingshiddeninsoftwareandgamesmaybeshouldbelefttothosewithmoretechnicalminds,orjustthosewithalittlemorefreetime,therearequickandeasytospoteggseverywhere.HaveyouspottedanewGoogleEasterEgg?Wheredidwemissone?ShareyourfavoriteorbrandnewGoogleEastereggsinthecommentsandyoucanseeitaddedtothispost!Imagecredits:Allscreenshotsandvideofromtheauthors,April2021