Happy Easter, did you find the eggs the easter bunny has hidden?
If you did, did you find the easter eggs that Google and Pixar hide online?
Easter eggs are a long standing tradition in (digital) media. Easter eggs are then intentional inside jokes, hidden messages, or features in a work such as a computer program, movie,book, or crossword (wikipedia).
Two of my favorite examples were hidden in Office 1997, a pinball in Word:
A flight simulator in Excel:
I used to check the Eeggs.com website, but any update seems already old today.
Some examples in Google:
- Searching for “askew.” or “tilt.” Using Google will cause the search results to be displayed at a slight angle.
- Searching for “Atari Breakout” and then clicking Images will start a game of Breakout using the image results as bricks.
- Searching for “Do a barrel roll” or “z or r twice” will cause the search result to rotate 360 degrees when showing. This is often connected with Nintendo’s Star Fox games.
- Searching for “zerg rush” causes a bunch of Google “o”s to attack the result page and eventually destroy it; the user can, however, fight back by clicking on them. After destroying the results, the “o”s then arrange themselves into two capital ‘G’s, representing the acronym for “good game”.
- Searching for “Bletchley Park” will cause the title of the info card to appear as if it was being deciphered by Google. This is a reference to the fact that Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was the central site of the United Kingdom’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which during the Second World War regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers.
- Searching for “kerning” will increase the spacing between every letter in the word kerning by 1 pixel whenever it shows up in the search results page. Conversely, searching for “keming” (a common example of unfortunate kerning) will decrease the spacing between letters of the word when it shows up in the search results page.
- Type any actor’s name followed by “bacon number” to get the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon value.
Do you want to find more google easter eggs, check Wikipedia.
And Pixar, well their movies are full of easter eggs.
Although sometimes the jokes can get a bit really dark: