Google Pacman

This was originally a Google Doodle (the best Doodle, in my opinion), celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pacman. Type "Google Pacman" into the search box, and a playable version of Google Pacman will pop up. Play with your arrow keys.

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Zerg Rush!

Type "zerg rush" into Google’s search box, and your search results will be attacked by red and yellow Os acting like zerglings in the real-time strategy game StarCraft. If you do nothing, the Os will quickly eat up all the search results and eventually spell out GG (Good game) on your screen. But you’re not without defense -- click on the Os to shoot them with your mouse before they eat up all your results. A score box on the right side of the screen records your APM (actions per minute) and how many zergling Os you successfully destroy.

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Bacon Number

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon? Type a celebrity’s name plus "Bacon number" into Google, and Google will tell you how many degrees away from Kevin Bacon they are.

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Flip a Coin/Roll a Die

Need to make a rash decision? Type "flip a coin" into Google and a coin-flipping simulator will pop up. Likewise, you can also type "roll a die" into Google to get a die simulator.

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Google in 1998

Type "Google in 1998" into the Google search box, and the Google page will transform into, well...what Google looked like in 1998, when it first launched, complete with 1998’s search results courtesy of the Wayback Machine. (Click "Take me back to the present" to get real search results about Google in 1998.)

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I'm Feeling Lucky?

The Google homepage has an I’m Feeling Lucky button, which takes you directly to the top result for your search query. But if you don’t have a search query, you can roll over I’m Feeling Lucky to get different feelings -- I’m Feeling Artistic, I’m Feeling Puzzled, and I’m Feeling Trendy are just some of the options. Click the button to go to a Google-curated page for each feeling, e.g., I’m Feeling Hungry takes you to the search results for restaurants, while I’m Feeling Wonderful takes you to the Google Cultural Institute and displays a world wonder.

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Conway's Game of Life

A Google search for "Conway’s Game of Life" yields a life simulation. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Conway’s Game of Life is a zero-player game that uses a set of rules to evolve from its initial state. Google’s Game of Life evolves to spell Google (if you watch it for a while).

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Blink HTML

Type "blink HTML" into the search box, and you’ll get a list of blinking search results. (Only the word blink will be blinking, so it probably won’t cause any seizures.)

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Use the Force, Luke

Type "Use the Force, Luke" into the YouTube search box to get a list of results that are being, ahem, affected by the Force -- moving randomly around the page, wavering back and forth, etc.

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Beam me up, Scotty

Type "Beam me up, Scotty" into the YouTube search box, and your results will be beamed down (up?) one by one.

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Google barrel roll

Searching for "do a barrel roll" at Google--or for "z or r twice" produces a dynamically spinning view of the search site.

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Google Maps jet-ski advice

Google Maps has creative solutions for some navigational difficulties. One is its advice to take a jet ski from China to Japan.

(The new version of Google Maps simply says it cannot calculate a route from China to Japan.)

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Google off kilter

A Google search for tilt or askew yields an appropriately off-kilter view of the search site.

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Google 42 search

Ask Google the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything and, in a tribute to "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," you'll get the number 42.

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Google Earth flight simulator

Google Earth has a built-in flight simulator. It helpfully offers to start you out at Kathmandu for some exciting views of the Himalayan mountains.

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Google Earth flight simulator

To load the Google Earth flight simulator, type Ctrl-Alt A or Cmd-Opt A on a Mac. You'll have your choice of planes. Flying is another matter altogether, but the place to get started if you lack a joystick is the Google Earth keyboard controls help page.

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YouTube's Snakey

If you open a YouTube video, click in the frame right after the video starts loading, then immediately type one of the keyboard's arrow keys, you can start playing a game of snakey on the video as it plays. Don't run into the walls!

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Google gravity search

The Google Gravity chrome experiment by Mr. Doob is amusing--especially since the search page still works, with new search results piling up.

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Google ASCII art search

ASCII art is imagery made of monospaced letters named after the storied character encoding scheme. Search for ASCII art on Google and you get a fittingly adapted Google logo.

(This Easter egg no longer works.)

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Google Maps' pegman in Legoland

Google Maps' pegman character, used to signify the perspective of the street view feature, changes on special occasions. And when he shows up at Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif., he turns into a Lego character.

(The new version of Google Maps no longer shows pegman as a Lego character.)

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Google blue moon search

How often does the world experience a blue moon? Google Calculator results in Google search knows and will tell you.

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Google anagram search

Search for anagram at Google and the top result is, in fact, an anagram.

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Ninjas on Google Reader

Google Reader comes with a Ninja Easter egg. To get a look, type the classic video game cheat code: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A.

(Google Reader no longer exists, so this Easter egg is now defunct.)

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Google pirate interface

Buccaneers or those sailing under a letter of marque might feel more comfortable with Google's Pirate interface. There's one for the Muppets' Swedish Chef, too.

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Google hacker interface

Want to experience Google through a l33t interface? Try the Google Hacker page.

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Ooglegay Earchsay

Google comes with a Pig Latin interface if you want it.

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Recursive recursion

Self-reference is just the sort of mathematical amusement that entertains Google nerds. Searching for "recursion" suggests that perhaps you meant to search for "recursion."

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Self-absorbed LMGTFY

This isn't a Google Easter egg, and maybe isn't even an Easter egg at all. Instead it's with the sarcasm-laden Let Me Google That For You site, which people can use when others ask them silly questions easily answered with a search engine. This particular cached LMGTFY page, though, sets things off in an unending loop of reloading.

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