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Easter eggs are hidden features or messages, inside jokes, and cultural references inserted into media. They are often well hidden, so that users find it gratifying when they discover them, helping form bonds between their creators and finders. Google’s employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time for projects of personal interest, and Easter eggs are sometimes created during this. Google avoids adding Easter eggs to popular search pages, as they do not want to negatively impact usability.
A Google web search for:
- “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away” resulted in the same tilted, scrolling style that the introductions to the original Star Wars movies were presented in. This included the music, which was muted but could be heard by clicking on or selecting the muted speaker icon on the page. However, this was discontinued on June 28, 2017.
- “ascii art” showed the logo as if it was created with ASCII characters.
- “askew ” causes the results page to be tilted, leaning down, left to right.
- “pele“, or “Pelé” causes the Goooo…gle page indicator at the bottom of the page to read Gooo..al instead, with the last “o” replaced by a soccer ball. This Easter egg was made to honor the legendary soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who is casually known by his soccer alias, Pelé.
- “binary“, “hex”, “hexadecimal” and “octal” shows the number of search results in the respective numeral system.
- “cha cha slide ” adds a glittering microphone next to the link to the official music video. Click it through each stage, and it will recreate the main chorus in the browser.
- “chess” cause the “Goooo…gle” page indicator at the bottom of every result page to show chess pieces instead.
- “christmas“, “hanukkah“, and “kwanzaa” will show decorations next to the search bar for each respective holiday. The feature is only active during the month of December. Each year, new decorations are shown.
- “conway’s game of lifethe game to the right of the search results. The process can also be stopped and altered by the user. ” on a desktop browser generates a running configuration of
- “diwali” will show a lamp which when clicked starts a lamp lighting game.
- “do a barrel rollStar Fox-style barrel roll. ” or “z or r twice” causes the result page to do a
- “drag queen“, “gay pride“, “homosexuality“, “stonewall” and other LGBT-related searches, at times of gay pride festival activity, cause the results page to have a rainbow themed header.
- “dvd screensaverGoogle logo on the top right corner of to bounce around the screen, shifting colors between blue, red, yellow, and green every time it hits the page boundaries.
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- Every time the tab currently engaged in the Easter egg is returned to after being clicked out of, the bouncing logo will always be in a position where it hits perfectly into a corner.
- “festivusFestivus pole beside the search results and the message “A festivus miracle!” next to the number of search results. ” shows an image of the
- “fifa” and “world cup“, during FIFA World Cup 2010, caused the “Goooo…gle” page indicator at the bottom of every result page to read “Goooo…al!” instead.
- “fireworksfourth of july” and other search terms containing “firework”, on US Independence Day – July 4th, will display simulated multi-colored fireworks for several seconds. “, “
- “google in 1998 ” on a desktop browser will generate a layout similar to the one Google used for its search engine in 1998.
- “is google down ” returns with “No”.
- “ipl” will display yellow and blue fireworks in celebration of Chennai Super Kings victory over Kolkata Knight Riders during the 2021 Indian Premier League.
- “kerningKerning refers to the process of adjusting the space between letters in a word. ” will add spaces between the letters of the word “kerning” in the search results.
- “ramadanRamadan will allow the initiation of a search of an image of a night sky for a crescent Moon by clicking an image of a crescent Moon in the Knowledge Panel. Upon finding the crescent Moon, the user is congratulated with the message “You found it! Ramadan Kareem to you and your loved ones!” as lanterns drop into view. This also worked during Eid al-Fitr month, but the message at the end was changed to “You found it! Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones!” ” during the month of
- “star warsStar Wars Day) summons a splash of confetti, some confetti being characters/items from the Star Wars series. ” and other Star Wars related search terms on May 4 (
- “suez canal” or “ever given” showed an emoji of a boat scrolling across the top of the screen, referencing the ending of the 2021 Suez canal obstruction.
- “super bowlTampa Bay Buccaneers victory over Kansas City Chiefs. ” in February 2021 showed a black and red firework display in celebration of
- “superb owlSuper Bowl will show a Knowledge Graph for the Super Bowl, along with a games’ information panel titled “Superb Owl” with an image of an owl wearing a crown, in response to an ongoing joke amongst redditors about the common misspelling of “Super Bowl”. ” around the time of the
- “text adventureSafari) and opening the browser’s developer console will trigger a text-based adventure game playable within the console. Responding “no” to “[w]ould you like to play a game” will print “the only winning move is not to play” in the console, referencing WarGames. ” using most popular modern browsers (except
- “webdriver torsomoving colored blocks. This is a reference to an automated YouTube channel made by Google to test YouTube’s performance. This does not work on mobile devices or when there is a Google Doodle on that day. ” turns the Google logo into
- “zerg rusharmy of Google Os to attack and destroy the search results, which can be defeated by clicking on them. Once defeated (as victory is impossible), the Os form two Gs (GG), meaning “Good Game”. ” causes an
Did you mean
A Google web search for:
- “alex trebek“ shows “Did you mean: who is alex trebek” in reference to Jeopardy!.
- “anagram ” shows “Did you mean: nag a ram“.
- “assistant regional managerThe Office (American TV series). ” shows “Did you mean: assistant to the regional manager“, referencing
- “emacsvi vs emacs editor war. ” shows “Did you mean: vi“, and vice versa when searching “vi “. This is a reference to the
- “groundhog daygroundhog day“, linking to the same search over and over again. ” shows “Did you mean:
- “han shot firstthe infamous change made to Star Wars in 1997. ” shows “Did you mean: greedo shot first” and vice versa, referencing
- “recursionrecursion” link back to the same page. ” shows a “Did you mean:
- “steamed hamsThe Simpsons episode “22 Short Films About Springfield“. ” shows “Did you mean: steamed clams“, referencing
- “the one ringcitation needed] ” shows “Did you mean: my precioussss” in reference to Gollum’s name for it in The Lord of the Rings.[
- “war in ba sing seAvatar: The Last Airbender, in which characters try to prevent the rumors of war. ” shows “Did you mean: there is no war in Ba Sing Se“. This is a reference to the show
- “wubba lubba dub dub When using Google Assistant, it responds with “Are you in pain? How can I help?”, “Sorry, I don’t speak Birdperson” or “Morty, let’s get Schwifty”, referencing the adult animated science fiction sitcom Rick and Morty. ” shows “Did you mean: i am in great pain please help me“.
A Google web search for:
- “bletchley parkthe attraction being decoded in the Knowledge Graph. ” shows the name of
- “frank kameny“ will show a LGBTQ heart with confetti and flags falling across the search results.
- “fresh prince of bel-airthe TV show‘s first airing in 1990, displayed a replica of the “FRESH” license plate in the Knowledge Graph. Clicking on the license plate caused a taxi to move by the screen, and the search results to acquire a 90s theme with various references to and jokes in reference to people and places across the TV show via audio clips and animations. Clicking the bar at the top of the page reverted the display to its original results and design. “, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of
- “holi“, around the time of the festival, shows a picture of bowls of colored powder in the Knowledge Graph which, when clicked, will simulate throwing a gob of powder at the page where clicked. Further clicks on the page will simulate further gobs of colored powder being thrown to that point. A raindrop icon appears which, when clicked, will cause the page to be washed clean of colored powder.
- “legally blonde“ shows a pink purse next to the Knowledge Graph, which when clicked, has protagonist Elle Woods’ pet chihuahua Bruiser jump out of the purse and walk to a pink salon chair which dresses him in his “signature sweater”. He then walks back and jumps into the purse, with Elle saying, “Hi, I’m Elle Woods, and this is Bruiser Woods, and we’re both Gemini vegetarians.” Once the animation is complete, the color of the links on the page change from their usual blue to pink to match Elle’s “signature look”.
- “mars 2020Ingenuity helicopter that when clicked, flies around the screen. ” will show the
- “new year’s eve”, on New Year’s Eve 2020, showed a cannon next to the Knowledge Graph which once clicked, made confetti explode.
- “plutoPluto as “Our favorite dwarf planet since 2006” in the Knowledge Graph. ” describes
- “sonic the hedgehog gameSonic waiting. Clicking or tapping Sonic will make him spin; if clicked or tapped 25 times, Sonic will transform into Super Sonic. ” and “green hill zone” will give a Knowledge Graph with
- “super mario brosSuper Mario Bros. that contains a flashing “?” block which generates a coin and 200 points when clicked. After 100 coins are collected, the “1UP” sound plays. ” shows a Knowledge Graph for
- “thanos” and “infinity gauntlet” displayed a Knowledge Graph with the Infinity Gauntlet on it. Clicking it will cause its fingers to snap, disintegrating half of the links and images on the page, as well as counting down the number of results to half. This is a reference to the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War, in which the character Thanos destroyed half of all life in the universe with the Gauntlet on his hand by snapping his fingers. It was added in celebration of its sequel, Avengers: Endgame. Clicking the gauntlet again restores the previously disintegrated results’ content. As of 2020, that option is no longer available.
- “wizard of ozruby slippers in the Knowledge Graph. Clicking on them will cause the page to spin in a tornado-like effect while an audio file of Judy Garland saying “there’s no place like home” is heard. After the effect finishes, the page is seen in a sepia tone only. If the tornado is clicked, an audio file from the movie when the tornado hits plays, the page spins again and returns to color. ” will display a pair of
For the 25th anniversary of the TV series Friends, Google embedded Easter eggs for Chandler Bing , Phoebe Buffay , Monica Geller , Ross Geller , Rachel Green and Joey Tribbiani in their respective Knowledge Graphs.
A Google web search for:
- “breathing exercise ” will have a 60-second breathing exercise.
- “bubble levelmobile device will have an interactive spirit level. ” on a
- “color pickercolor picker and a conversion between RGB and hexadecimal color values. Selecting “Show color values” will also show conversions to the CMYK, HSL and HSV color models. ” or “rgb to hex” will provide a
- “flip a coin ” will flip a coin: heads or tails.
- “fun facts ” or “i’m feeling curious” will show a fun fact. Once a search result has been given, clicking on “Ask another question” will show another question. It will show a short fact in about 1-3 sentences and a link to the website where the fact was found within a featured box at the top of the search results.
- “google doodlescitation needed] ” will result in showing a random playable Google Doodle and also show an archive of other playable Doodles.[
- “google logo historyGoogle logo, starting with the logo used today and ending with one of the first logos from 1998. ” results in a slideshow of the changes to the
- “metronomemetronome that can be adjusted from 40 to 218[failed verification]BPM. ” will have a
- “pac-manPac-Man related interactive Google Doodle from 2010. Clicking Insert Coin twice will enable a second player, Ms. Pac-Man. “, “google pacman” or “play pacman” will show the
- “play dreideldreidel, landing on one of four letters of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (He) or ש (Shin). ” will spin a
- “random number generator” or “rng” will generate a random number. The starting range is between 1 and 10, but the maximum and minimum can be adjusted. Changing the maximum or minimum to a number with more than 10 digits will generate a dizzy face emoji 😵. Changing both the maximum and the minimum to 100 will generate a hundred points symbol 💯.
- “roll a diedie, and since c. August 2019, four, eight, ten, twelve or twenty-sided dice individually or as multiples in user selected combinations, all with an optional modifier to either add or subtract from the roll total. ” will roll a six-sided
- “snakethe game on both desktop and mobile. “, “play snake”, “snake game” and “snake video game” will result in a “Play Snake” card. By selecting Click to Play, the user can play
- “solitaire ” will have a playable game of solitaire. Users can select between two modes: easy and hard.
- “spinnerfidget spinner which can be toggled via the switch. For the spinning wheel, a dropdown menu can change the number of numbers on the wheel: from 2 to 20. Whereas for the fidget spinner, users have to mimic a rotating motion in order for the spinner to spin. ” will have an interactive spinning wheel and a
- “stopwatch ” and “timer ” will provide interactive timing methods; the stopwatch counting up and the timer counting down. Both tools are shown for each search term. Variants such as “set a timer for 10 minutes” can be used.
- “tic tac toetic-tac-toe. Users can select to play against the browser at different levels – “easy”, “medium” or “hard” (called “impossible”) – or against a friend. ” or “terni lapilli” will show a playable game of
- “translateGoogle Translate tool in the search results, and in advance of Thanksgiving 2020, a turkey language was added to the selection of languages to which translations could be made. An example translation provided by sources for “how’s it going” results in “gobble’gobble gobble gobble”. All results are “Poultry Verified”. ” will show an embedded version of
- “what sound does a dog make ” will sound out what a dog will make. The word “dog” can be replaced with other animals in the search query.
Google birthday surprise spinner
Searching for “google birthday surprise spinnersee above) and games. Whichever is randomly selected may be opened, or the wheel may be spun again. It was added in celebration of Google’s 19th birthday.” will result in a wheel that spins to one of a selection of playable Google Doodles, tools (
In late 2011 Google added a graphical calculator to search results, using natural language processing to determine that search results might be mathematical in nature. Woven into this feature are several, not entirely academic, results which might be considered Easter eggs.
A Google web search for:
The result of multiple Easter eggs may be calculated; for example: “the number of horns on a unicorn plus the answer to life the universe and everything” will return “43”.
- A Google image search for “atari breakout” or just “breakout” would start a game of Breakout, using the gallery of image results as bricks. Once the bricks were destroyed, a random phrase was automatically searched, the player got an extra ball, and the game restarted. The Easter egg was added in 2013 in celebration of the 37th anniversary of the original Atari game. As of May 2020 the game is no longer embedded on Google’s Image Search.
Google Maps and Google Earth
- In early test versions of Google Maps, searching for a route between locations separated by expanses of water (for example, Paris and New York City) provided road directions to the coast of the embarkation country (in this case, the west coast of France) before suggesting “Swim the Atlantic Ocean (3,500 miles)” or another ocean for a different distance.
- While Google Maps’ walking directions were in beta, requesting them from the start point of “The Shire” or “Rivendell” to the destination of “Mordor“, the directions returned the warning: “Use caution – One does not simply walk into Mordor.”
- When navigating from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons, the user would choose to travel by dragon, which took 21 minutes.
- When navigating from Urquhart Castle to Fort Augustus, the user would choose to travel by the Loch Ness Monster, which took 25 minutes.
- When navigating from Magdalene College to President’s Lodge Queens College, the user would choose to be punted, which took 45 minutes.
- Searching for public transportation from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace would offer the Royal Carriage option.
- For April Fools’ Day 2015, in certain areas in Google Maps, there was a button which started a game of Pac-Man, controlled by arrow keys and using the roads as paths for Pac-Man to travel along.
- On Mario Day (March 10) 2018, Google and Nintendo had partnered up to bring Mario into Google Maps mobile app worldwide for a week. A yellow icon with a question mark would show up at the bottom of the directions page, next to the start navigation button. Tapping on the icon would allow the user to have Mario and his kart as the navigation arrow. Tapping the icon 100 times would activate a 1-UP sound like in Nintendo’s games.
- With the release of Google Earth 5, the Mars feature allowed users to speak to a primitive ELIZA clone on the planet, by searching for “Meliza”.
- On July 20, 2005, the 36th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon, Google debuted a version of Google Maps that included a small segment of the surface of the Moon. It is based entirely on NASA images and includes only a very limited region. Panning causes the map to tile. Zooming to the closest level used to show that the Moon was made of cheese. The map also gives the locations of all Moon landings, and the Google Moon FAQ humorously mentions a connection to the Google Copernicus hoax, which Google claimed to be developing. Supposedly, by 2069, Google Local will support all lunar businesses and addresses.
|Trigger location or occasion||Pegman’s appearance||Reference|
|Dragged onto Legoland in Carlsbad||Lego minifigure|||
|Dragged onto Sun Valley, Idaho||Skier|||
|Dragged onto the coast of Hawaii or Florida||Mermaid|||
|Dragged onto Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA||Wearing a tie-dyed shirt|||
|Dragged near the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park||Tennis player holding a racket|||
|Dragged near the Kennedy Space Center||Astronaut|||
|Dragged around Groom Lake in Nevada and Area 51||UFO|||
|Dragged around the southern point of Half Moon Island, Antarctica, where Streetview is available||Penguin|||
|Loch Ness||Green Loch Ness Monster wearing a tartan hat|||
|Around some royal residences, such as Buckingham PalaceThe Palace of Holyroodhouse and Hillsborough Castle(and the surrounding palaces),||A representation of Queen Elizabeth II, “PegMa’am”|||
|For the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Star Wars Stormtrooper or X-wing fighter pilot|||
|For the release of the video game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U||Link holding a Master Sword and a Hylian Shield|||
|Around February 8, the launch day of Google Maps||Dressed as a birthday cake|||
|For Google Street View‘s 10th birthday||As if he is celebrating a birthday, wearing a red and white striped miniature party hat and holding three pastel violet, pink, and blue balloons in his right hand|||
|Viewing past Street Views||Emmett “Doc” Brown, one of the protagonists from the Back to the Future universe|||
|Halloween||Rides a broomstick|||
|Valentine’s Day||Stands upon a heart|||
- On Monday, November 29, 2010, Reddit user “harrichr” posted details of “how to make Google beatbox for you!” and soon after, Robert Quigley reported the discovery in an article on “geekosystem.com” (now The Mary Sue), stating that he was “Not sure if this falls in the category of Easter Egg or clever manipulation” and that although he had “No idea why”, it transpired that using Google Translate to translate nonsense text of all consonants from German to German and clicking Listen would result in machine generated speech that sounded like beatboxing. As time went on, redditors and other interested parties experimented with translation combinations, posting their results on sites including Hacker News where reader “iamdave” is reported to have posted “a pretty comprehensive Google Translate beatboxing guide”. Three years later Time magazine published an article indicating that Google had acknowledged the existence of this “feature” with an Easter egg “Beatbox” tooltip when hovering over the “speaker icon” button after setting everything up to the aforementioned specification.
- In January 2018, a Reddit user posted a discovery that when using Google Translate to translate the Funniest Joke in the World (“Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!”) from German to English, the result was “[FATAL ERROR]”.
- Rolling over the I'm Feeling Lucky button causes the button text to spin, landing on a random phrase. Clicking on the button without text in the search bar will serve the corresponding web page.
- When Ken Perlin visited Google February 2000, Sergey Brin asked him for a version of an interactive jumping heart character he’d created as a Java applet to be put on the Google site for Valentine’s Day. “www.google.com/heart” will redirect to an archived page which is a preservation of the old, but still functional, Google interface, complete with the Valentine’s heart and a banner that states “This site is an old friend from Google’s past, kept in its original form. Enjoy!”[self-published source?]
- “www.google.com/humans.txt ” is a simple plain text file serving to remind its readers that Google is created by a large team of humans using many technologies. It asks for interested readers to visit their careers page.
- “www.google.com/killer-robots.txt” is a plain text file in robots.txt format.
- “www.google.com/teapotI’m a teapot. The requested entity body is short and stout. Tip me over and pour me out.” Clicking on the picture of the teapot or tilting the mobile device will result in an animation of it pouring tea into a teacup. The web page is a reference to the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol. ” states, “418.
- Since the version 2.3 (Gingerbread) of Google’s Android operating system an Easter egg has been hidden. The Easter egg can be accessed through the “Settings” application, in the “About phone” section, by repeatedly tapping the “Android version” section. The animation is different in every version of the OS.
- In 2.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) there is a painting of an Android next to a zombie gingerbread man, surrounded by zombies using cellphones.
- In 3.0 – 3.2.6 (Honeycomb) there is a blue honeybee. Below it, there is the text “REZZZZZZZ…” as a reference to Tron: Legacy.
- In 4.0 – 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) there is pixel art of an ice cream sandwich android. Long-pressing it will result in many ice cream sandwich androids flying across the screen, dubbed the “nyan droid” as they are a tribute to Nyan Cat.
- In 4.1 – 4.3.1 (Jelly Bean) a red jelly bean appears, which if pressed will show its face along with the OS version. If this jelly bean is then long-pressed, an interactive jelly bean mini-game will appear. This is where one can fling the jelly beans around.
- In 4.4 (KitKat) a rotating letter “K” appears, which if continually tapped turns into the text “Android” in the styling of a KitKat logo. If the Android logo is then long-pressed or twisted with two fingers a tile interface, known as “a daydream” called “Dessert Case”, loads with icons from all previous versions of Android. It appears to be a mock of the Windows Phone interface.
- In 5.x (Lollipop) and 6.x (Marshmallow), a colored circle appears (or a circle with a stylized M inside in Marshmallow). If continuously tapped, it will turn into a lollipop with the text lollipop inside (or the M changes into a marshmallow in 6.x). Tapping the circle changes the color. When long-pressed, a game of Flappy Bird starts with the Android mascot instead. In Marshmallow, tapping the plus sign adds extra players (up to five), which can be controlled by the user or other players.
- In 7.0 (Nougat), an “N” appears, which will enable another Easter egg if tapped. This Easter egg, titled “Android Neko” as a reference to the cat collecting mobile game Neko Atsume, can be accessed from the Quick Settings menu, and allows the user to create virtual treats, which will eventually attract kittens. The kittens can be viewed in a gallery-style screen. Additionally, long-pressing on the aforementioned “N” repeatedly will alternate between displaying the no symbol and the cat face emojis, respectively toggling the Easter egg on and off. “No” and “cat” is a mondegreen for “nougat”.
- In 8.0 (Oreo), instead of the normal way of going to the Easter egg, heading to System > About Phone and tapping on the Android version repeatedly will launch the Easter egg. An orange circle appears, representing an “O” for Oreo. Long pressing on the center will open a blue screen representing a sea with an octopus floating around. The “O” in octopus represents Oreo while the eight legs on the octopus represent the version (8.0). The octopus can be moved by dragging the head around.
- In 9.0 (Pie), the Easter egg is found by going to System > About Phone > Android version and then tapping three times on the Android version on the next screen. A white, extended “P” will then appear, usually with concentric colored circles disappearing into the “P”. Each time the Easter egg is invoked, it displays different colors. The animation can be pinched to zoom.
- In 10.0 (Queen Cake), the text “android 10” will appear, where each of the texts “android”, “1”, and “0” can be moved and rotated. Rotating “1” and merging with the digit “0” will result in the “android Q” text. In this state, tapping the “Q” several times will reveal a Nonogram game, where the resulting pictures are various icons of Android.
- In 11.0 (Red Velvet Cake), a dial will show up. It can only go up to 10. If a user turn it to the max three times, it will go up to 11. After this is done, a virtual cat Easter egg is unlocked. This one is also called “Android Neko”, much like the Easter egg in Nougat releases.
- In 12.0 (Snow Cone), a clock will show up. Setting it to the 12 o’clock position will show many circles with the colors of Material You. This Easter egg may trigger Trypophobia in some users, as the spots are close together.
- “Spells” may be “cast” on an Android phone by saying “Ok Google” followed by “Lumos” or “Nox” to turn the flashlight on and off, or “Silencio” to silence the ringer and notifications.
- In the Google Play Games app, if the player swipes the Konami Code, a box will appear with three buttons – a B, an A and an ►. Pressing B then A then ► unlocks a secret achievement called “All your game are belong to us”, a reference to the well known “All your base are belong to us” phrase.
- In the Google Phone (Dialer) app, inputting the “Emergency Number” “0118 999 881 999 119 725 3”, advertised to replace “999” in The IT Crowd‘s season 1 episode “Calamity Jen“, will cause the phone to vibrate and the call button to flash blue and red. The feature is supported to work on stock Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat, and is still present on Oreo (8.1) devices.
- In Google+, if the device is shaken while viewing a photo, snow will fall; if the device is shaken again it will save an animated GIF of the image with falling snow to the pictures directory.
- Searching for “let’s go caroling” or “let’s go carolling” on Google Now will result in an extra card which displays a list of Christmas carols. The phone will play the music and show the words if one of them is selected.
- On YouTube Creator Studio, swiping down the screen repeatedly will show a cat at the top of the screen.
- Entering the tabview on the Google Chrome App and swiping up on a tab five times will cause the tab do a backflip.
- Opening more than 99 tabs in the Google Chrome App will result in “:D” shown instead of the number of opened tabs.
- Tapping on the dinosaur, which is shown if the Google Chrome App is not able to connect to internet, will start a “jump and run” game. (See also Dinosaur Game)
- On YouTube for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and on YouTube TV, holding rewind (left on a gamepad thumbstick, left ← or J on a keyboard) for a few seconds while at the beginning of a video, will cause an animated image of a small dog to run across the video’s progress bar.
- On a video published by Numberphile on June 22, 2012, titled “Why do YouTube views freeze at 301? “, the view count was frozen at 301, referencing the bug in the now-changed subject behavior.
- Adding “&wadsworth=1” to a video URL would apply “Wadsworth’s constant”, skipping the first 30% of the video.
- Whilst viewing any video, typing “awesome” makes the progress bar and other player elements flash multicolored. Typing “awesome” again stops it.
- YouTube’s robots.txt file at “www.youtube.com/robots.txt ” states that it was “Created in the distant future (the year 2000) after the robotic uprising of the mid 1990s which wiped out all humans.” This is an ostensible reference to the song “Robots” by Flight of the Conchords.
- On December 12, 2015, in celebration of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the progress bar was changed in order to look like a Lightsaber. By signing up to a specially created page, users were able to follow the Light Side (which would change the progress bar to blue) or the Dark Side (which would change the progress bar to red). Account users had the option to return the effect to normal. Google disabled it for all users, February 1, 2016.
- A Snake game could be activated in the Adobe Flash player by pressing a combination of arrow keys whilst videos were paused or playing. Once started, the snake could be controlled by further use of the arrow keys, directing it to “gobble up dots” to increase its size. If the snake hit the edges of the video window, the game ended. The feature no longer works with the HTML5 video player.
- When watching a video with “fidget spinner” in the title, the buffering icon would change into a spinning fidget spinner.
A YouTube search for:
- “beam me up scotty”, a reference to Star Trek, would cause the search results to beam down onto the screen, as in Star Trek.
- “doge meme” changes the font on the search result page to pastel color Comic Sans typical of the Doge meme.
- “do the harlem shake” will cause the Harlem Shake song to play and the results to dance around.
- “use the Force luke” causes the results to levitate, as if by the Force mentioned in Star Wars.
- “webdriver torso” will return the results but with a red background and a blue rectangle around some videos. It also says “
aqua.flv – Slide 000[0–9]” at the bottom left of the page. This Easter egg is a reference to the Webdriver Torso mystery. Google has confirmed that it is behind the Webdriver Torso mystery; it is one of many test channels used by YouTube to ensure video quality.
- If the user tries to browse when offline, a message is shown that they are not connected to the Internet. An illustration of the “Lonely T-Rex” dinosaur is shown at the top, designed by Sebastien Gabriel. From September 2014, tapping the dinosaur (in Android or iOS) or pressing space or ↑ (on desktop) launches a browser game known as the “dinosaur game” in which the player controls a running dinosaur by tapping the screen (in Android or iOS) or pressing space, ↑ or ↓ (on desktop) to avoid obstacles, including cacti and, from June 2015, pterodactyls. In 2016, another feature was added to the game. When the player reaches 700 points the game begins to switch between day (white background, black lines and shapes) and night (black background, white lines and shapes). During September 2018, for Google Chrome’s 10th birthday, a birthday cake causing the dinosaur to wear a birthday hat when collected was added. Reaching a score of 900 will switch the color scheme back to day, and the switch back and forth will occur at further subsequent milestones. The game is also available at the “chrome://network-error/-106” and “chrome://dino”[failed verification] pages. The game’s code is available on the Chromium site. If an administrator of the computer disables the dinosaur game, when a player attempts to play the game, he or she will receive an error messages with an illustration of a meteor coming after the dinosaur saying that the administrator of that computer has turned off the dinosaur game.
- In the Camera app, activating caps lock and typing “CRAZYPONY” will open the files app and prompt the user to select a video file. Users can then add filters and take screenshots of the video.
- The keyboard shortcut ctrl+alt+⇧ Shift+refresh causes the current window to spin (Barrel Roll).
- After downloading a picture, then deleting it in the files app, but leaving the notification; when clicking on the notification it will say “This file has wandered off somewhere”.
- Inputting the Konami Code on a Chromebook Pixel causes the lights on an LED strip on the lid of the computer to blink rapidly.
- Pressing Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Y in the Picasa desktop application will cause a teddy bear to appear on the screen. Note that the Picasa application no longer exists, as it was replaced by Google Photos.
- In the Google I/O 2013 page, “instrument.github.io/google-io-2013/ “, one can click the letters “
I” and “
O” to input passwords.
- In Google Glass, tapping Settings → Device info → View licenses, then tapping the touchpad 9 times, will show a Tap Meet Team option. Tapping again will show a photo of the Google Glass development team.
- Any photograph with Christmas lights uploaded to Google+ will be turned into an animated GIF, showing sparkling lights.
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