The master list of Google Easter eggs worth checking out (pictures)
Google tries hard to maintain a sense of humor through surprises tucked throughout its Web properties. Here are all the best Easter eggs you need to check out.
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.
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
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.)
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.)
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.