If you think Google’s just a world dominating search engine then you’re pretty much spot on. The brains behind its working, however, also have a sense of humor and offer plenty of hidden tricks to surprise the uninitiated and shock regulars. You can use these Easter Eggs through.
Here is a list of the very best examples or “Easter Eggs”, as they’re known; use them wisely during your lunch break, or message links to friends providing a momentary jolt through the working day! To have a look at them simply type the phrases in the headlines below into Google search and enjoy the carnage.
Do a barrel roll
This is the best way to introduce the tricks and flicks of Google! Type this phrase into the search bar and you’re in for a surprise. The phrase, if you’re wondering, comes from Nintendo’s 1997 video game Lylat Wars.
If you’d like a go at the classic arcade game during a lunch break then this is for you!
This is a game, of sorts, which is triggered when you type the above phrase into Google. You have to fend off an army of Google “o”s which rains down on your search results. They destroy everything in their path, but you can kill them by clicking with your cursor. Try and build up a big score!
Mr. Doob’s Google Gravity is a tool which sees gravity fail the Google user. All of your searches will come crashing down on one another, and you can even (via your mouse) launch bits of the searches across the screen! Great fun.
Let Me Google That For You
If you’ve ever been annoyed by someone on a computer asking you ridiculous questions, send them this handy link that will display how silly they’re being. It will display the simplicity of Google in action. Educational and humiliating all at once.
Epic Google – For When You Feel Excessive
Epic Google is an excellent prank involving the use of a normal Google search and transforming it into a huge search engine of shocking proportions. When you arrive on the page the search buttons and the logo slowly balloon in size and continue to get bigger as you type in your search query. At this point it’s time to panic; the Zombie Apocalypse awaits!
Weenie Google – When You’re Feeling Inadequate
Epic Google has a little sibling called Weenie Google. Once the page fully loads you can see Weenie Google’s logo become gradually smaller while you’re trying to search the “I’m Feeling Inadequate” Google database.
A Romantic Gesture
If you have a crush and you are too scared to tell them then why not terrify them to their core with this Easter egg? One Google search can reveal a hidden surprise that is a great way to tell someone how you feel. When the person Googles the long phrase “sqrt(cos(x))*cos(300x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(6-x^2), -sqrt(6-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5″ a romantic heart appears on the screen.
Clearly Google can self-referentially mock; the Interplanetary Reporting tool pokes fun at their search engines Analytics software. Access it to keeps tabs on human and extraterrestrial users who on a different planet.
Gmail Tap lets mobile phone users navigate the screen with only two buttons, a dot, and a dash, and replaces the normal keyboard option. You can use the series of dots and dashes to create a binary language only other geeks would know. Still, it would be fun to create personalised codes between friends; “..” could mean “lunch in 10 minutes”.
Multitask lets you browse the web with multiple cursors at the same time. The website theorises people can use both their hands to juggle activities online, and therefore Chrome Multitask can increase your productivity. Get to it!
8 bits Google Maps
If you’ve ever played Legend of Zelda, you would love this Google prank! It converts the Google Maps homage design to replicate the Nintendo 8 bit graphic version of the video game’s world.
Google Go Ro
Rotary phones get the swipe here. If you’re too young to remember them, then check out this trick, where Google contemplate how mobile phones are becoming obsolete. After all, technology is cyclical! So Google offers a guide for people finds a localised rotary professional.
Google Tilt or Askew
Go to this website and search for the words “askew” or “tilt” “tilt” on a Chrome or Safari browser and the web browser automatically shifts to an angle when you receive your search results.
Google updates and changes Easter Eggs all the time, so some will become obsolete fairly quickly. For instance, during the London Olympics, you could play numerous sporting events on the search engine. Sadly they’re now gone but keep an eye out for future one-offs by the company. They’re regular occurrences and help break up the more monotonous moments in your day.