Apart from being known for its impressive doodles, there are a number of gags and hidden messages within the search engine giant, Google, which are popularly called as Easter Eggs. An Easter egg is a hidden feature that the developers or “geeks” have intentionally put in their software, often for their own amusement, and when it comes to Google developers, they have implanted several Easter eggs in their software, ranging from Google Earth to Google search to Google Reader.
We had earlier compiled a list of awesome Google Search tricks, including the hoax page that Google had created on April Fool’s Day. We also saw that searching for the phrase “do a barrel roll” became a viral sensation last week, when users found about it and posted tweets and blog posts. However, if you liked “do a barrel roll” Easter egg, then I’m sure you would love the other hidden ones as well. And if you haven’t liked it, here’s something which will make you laugh – Click here
So here’s a list of Google’s best hidden Easter eggs and gags –
Go to Google Reader and type in the famous Konami code: up up down down left right left right B A. This will bring up a ninja on the left side of the Reader with the text “Ninja!” written in the search box. Interestingly, this works with the new Google Reader design.
Type the word “askew” in Google’s search box and voila! This is more like a command which tilts your search results slightly towards the right. It’s pointless, but it’s all fun.
Steve Irwin wrestling with a Crocodile
Do you remember the late wildlife expert and adventurer Steve Irwin? Of course you should. Everybody knows about him. Well, go to Google Earth and spin around to the waterfront side of the Sydney Opera House in Australia. What do you see? Well, its Steve Irwin wrestling with a crocodile.
Chat with Martin in Space
Google Earth 5 allows users to explore the Red Planet, Mars and along with that, you can chat to locals too. Well, sort of. Type “Meliza” into the search box and you will be transported to Meliza’s dusty domain, where you can strike a conversation with the chat bot. However, Meliza isn’t as funny as Apple’s Siri ;)
Google Earth Flight Simulator
Google has this very interesting Easter egg hidden in Google Earth. Using the flight simulator, you can fly around the globe in Google Earth by simply pressing Ctrl + Alt + A. This activates the flight simulator and allows you to fly an F-16 fighter jet anywhere in the world. This, however, was originally inserted as an Easter egg but now has become one of the official features of Google Earth.
Play Snake on YouTube
Snake is one the most popular mobile phone games, which you can also play on Google’s YouTube player. When you are viewing a video on YouTube, press the up arrow key when the video is loading or buffering. However, Gmail has a Labs feature called “old Snakey”, which allows you to play the game inside Gmail.
There are several other Google Easter eggs, which are mostly known. However, if you think that I’ve missed something, then please do share it with us by adding your comments below.