List of Google easter eggs

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Google has added many Easter eggs to its products and services to entertain and amuse users.

Search engine[edit]

  • Searching for "<blink>" or "blink html" includes samples of the blink element in the results.[1]
  • Searching for "hodor" shows randomly generated "hodor" text, including capital and lowercase versions of the word "hodor".[2]
  • Searching for "recursion" includes a "Did you mean: recursion" link back to the same page.[3]
  • Searching for "do a barrel roll" causes the result page to do a Star Fox-style barrel roll.[4]
  • After searching for "askew" or "tilt," the results page is tilted, leaning down, left to right.[5]
  • Searching on "zerg rush" will cause an army of google o's to attack the search results, which can be defeated by clicking on them.[6]
  • By doing a Google image search on "Atari Breakout", one can play "Image Breakout", using google image results as bricks. After the game is won, another level will commence using a random search term.[7]
  • Searching for "webdriver torso" turns the Google logo into the moving colored blocks.
  • Searching for "Nintendo Super Mario Bros" shows an info card for Super Mario Bros. Clicking on the flashing question mark generates a coin and 200 points. After 100 coins, you get the 1UP sound.
  • Searching "flip a coin" makes a virtual coin flip at the top of the screen.
  • When going to a page on the domain that does not exist, you will get a 404 error not found page, all are titled "Error 404 (Not Found)!!1", which is a reference to common internet slang.[citation needed]
  • Searching "Google in 1998" will generate a layout similar to the one Google used for its search engine in 1998.
  • Typing into your search bar will bring you to a page that says "418. I'm a teapot" among other things. Clicking on the teapot will make it tip over and pour out.
  • Searching ""Roll a dice"" makes a six-sided dice image roll at the top of the screen.
  • Searching "Conway's Game of Life" generates a running configuration of the game to the right of the search results. The process can also be stopped and altered by the user.

Google Maps and Google Earth[edit]

  • If the user goes to Loch Ness, the lake can be seen from a street view. The Pegman also looks like the Loch Ness Monster.[8]
  • For April Fools' Day 2015, when in certain areas in Google Maps, there is a Pac-Man button. When clicked (if one's in a suitable area for it to work), a Pac-Man game starts, using the roads as paths for Pac-Man to go. Controllable by arrow keys.[9]
  • In early test versions of Google Maps, searching for a route between locations separated by expanses of water (e.g. Paris and New York) provided road directions to the coast of the destination 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.[10]
  • Dragging the Google Street View "Peg man" onto Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA used to display him with a tie-dyed shirt. Also, while in street view on Telegraph Avenue, one can enter and have a look around some of the shops. He is also given special clothing for some widely observed special occasions: for Halloween he rides a broomstick; for Valentine's Day he stands upon a heart; and during Christmas week, he becomes a snowman.[11] Around February 8, the launch day of Google Maps, he appears dressed as a birthday cake. When viewing past street views, he turns into Emmett Brown, one of the protagonists from Back to the Future. When dragged into LegoLand in Carlsbad, the "Peg Man" turns into a LEGO Minifigure. When dragged into Street View in Sun Valley, Idaho, he becomes a skier. When dragged onto the vicinity of the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, "Peg Man" becomes a tennis player holding a racket. Dragged near the Kennedy Space Center, "Peg Man" becomes an astronaut. Also when using "Peg man" around "Groom Lake" in Nevada or "Area 51", he will turn into a UFO.
  • The Mars Feature of Google Earth used to allow users to speak to a primitive ELIZA clone on the planet, by searching for "Meliza", but it later vanished, either taken away or it has disappeared. It is back as of October 28, 2013.[12]
  • There is a place on the southern point of Half Moon Island, Antarctica that has blue "roads". When the "Peg Man" is dragged on this spot, the "Peg Man" turns into a penguin and users can explore the area the same as a road. As of 2015 this easter egg has either vanished or was taken away. Penguins and a research team in red parkas can be seen at various points on these roads.[13]
  • Another 3D buildings easter egg involves the famous bridge jump scene from The Blues Brothers, which is recreated in Google Earth at the Tacony–Palmyra Bridge linking New Jersey and Philadelphia.[10]
  • In Google Maps, when "The Shire" or "Rivendell" is entered as the start point and "Mordor" as the destination and the walking directions button is clicked, the directions return the warning: "Use caution – One does not simply walk into Mordor." Works on Chrome (older) version of Google Maps. However, does not with the newer engine.[14]
  • 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. 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. Zooming to the closest level in Google Moon used to show that the moon was made of cheese.[15]
  • In Street View, on Earls Court Rd, London, United Kingdom, a TARDIS from the famous science fiction series Doctor Who is on display. Street View allows one to enter the TARDIS where it is "Bigger on the Inside" and explore the set actually used in the show.[16]
  • When navigating from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons, one can choose a Dragon.[17] That takes 37 minutes.

Google homepage[edit]

  • From May 21–24, 2010, Google replaced its usual homepage with a playable Google-style Pac-Man game to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The easter egg here was that by pressing Insert Coin (which replaced the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button) a second time, users could play a 2-player version of Pac-Man, starring both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man (moving in WASD) in the same game. This was a first in the history of Pac-Man[18] by the creators of Google Pac-Man at the 2011 Google I/O conference. Google's game is still playable.[19]


  • Since the Gingerbread (2.3) version of Google's Android operating system an easter egg containing a funny animation 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 5.X (lollipop) In the Settings application, in the About phone section, by repeatedly tapping the Build number a popup will be activated stating, "You are 2 steps away from becoming a developer." When you tap it again the popup says "You are 1 step away from becoming a developer." Then with each subsequent tap the popup says "No need, you are already a developer."
    • 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 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) a color circle appears, if continually tapped it'll turn into a lollipop. When tapped the lollipop changes the color. If you long press the lollipop, a copy of Flappy Bird, known as L Land, appears with the Android mascot instead of Flappy Bird.[20]
  • On the Android TV platform (5.1), users can play an Android Lollipop themed version of Flappy Bird by tapping on the version number in the 'About' section, three times in succession.
  • On YouTube Creator Studio, swiping down the screen repeatedly will show a cat on the top of screen

Android applications[edit]

  • In Google+, if the device is shaken, 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.[21]
    • This is no longer possible as it was removed in an update.
  • 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. Select one and one's phone will play the music and show the words.[22]
  • On the Google Play Games app, if the player swipes the Konami Code, a box will appear with a B button, and A button, and a ► button. Pressing B, A and then the ► in that order unlocks a secret achievement called "All your games are belong to us.", a reference to the well known "All your base are belong to us" phrase.[23]
  • On Google Chrome Beta for Android launched on 29 October 2014, if the user is not connected to the Internet and tries to browse the Internet, a message will be displayed telling the user that they are not connected to the Internet with a little dinosaur. On tapping this little dinosaur the browser turns into a game in which the user has to protect the running dinosaur from obstacles by tapping on the screen to jump.[24]


  • The model numbers for the Chromecast unit and its power adapter read H2G2-42 and MST3K-US, respectively.[25]


  • Adding "&wadsworth=1" to a video URL will apply Wadsworth's constant, skipping the first 30% of the video.[26]
  • Searching for "doge meme" on YouTube changes the font on the search result page to pastel color Comic Sans.[27]
  • Searching for "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 is a reference to the Webdriver Torso mystery. Google has confirmed that it is behind the "Webdriver Torso" mystery, it is one of many tests channels used by YouTube to ensure video quality.[28]
  • Searching for "beam me up scotty", a reference to "Star Trek", will cause the search results to beam down onto the screen, as in Star Trek.
  • Searching for "use the force luke" causes the search results to levitate, as if being levitated by the fictional force mentioned in "Star Wars".[7]
  • Searching for "do the harlem shake", will cause the harlem shake song to play and the results to dance around.


  • Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Y in Picasa will cause a teddybear to appear on the screen.[29]
  • In Google's iPhone and iPod touch search application, swiping downwards (past About) repeatedly in the Settings interface brings up a hidden menu item, called Bells and Whistles, allowing customization of colors, sounds and more within the app. This is now standard on the newest update.[30]
  • Going to "" gives a Java applet with an interactive jumping heart under the Google logo of the search page. The applet was made in 2000 by Ken Perlin.[31]
  • In Google I/O 2013 page, can click letter I or O to input password, for example, when input OIIIIIII then press enter will enter a page with ASCII code. When the user inputs OOIOIOIO, the user will enter a space themed page.[32]
  • In Google Glass, tap Settings -> Device info -> View licenses, then tap Google Glass's touchpad 9 times, will show Tap Meet Team option, then tap last time, will show Google Glass's develop team's photo.[33]
  • Any photograph with Christmas lights uploaded to Google+ will be turned into an animated GIF, showing sparkling lights.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNamara, Paul (February 24, 2014). "Google Easter Egg Leads to Story Behind 'Blink' Tag". Network World. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Abad-Santos, Alex (14 November 2014). "Hodor from Game of Thrones got the Google Easter egg he deserves". Vox. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "17 amazing Google Easter eggs (1)". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "17 amazing Google Easter eggs (17)". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Granger, Lauren (May 24, 2012). "13 more of the coolest hidden Google tricks". Memeburn. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "The best Google "easter eggs" hidden in plain sight (pictures)". ZDNet. 
  7. ^ a b "The best Google "easter eggs" hidden in plain sight (pictures)". ZDNet. 
  8. ^ MicahSingleton. "Google Maps lets you search for the Loch Ness Monster from your couch". The Verge. Vox Media. 
  9. ^ Fiona MacDonald. "You can play Pac-Man in Google Maps right now". ScienceAlert. 
  10. ^ a b Moore, Matthew (September 17, 2009). "Google easter eggs: 15 best hidden jokes". London: Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ Spring, Tom (March 18, 2008). "Google's Top 17 Easter Eggs, Gags, and Hoaxes". PC World. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Chat With a Martian in Google Earth 5". Google system. Google. February 3, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ Moore, Matthew (September 17, 2009). "Google easter eggs: 15 best hidden jokes". London: Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Google Maps 'Lord of The Rings' Easter Egg". The Presurfer. Google. December 21, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ Haines, Lester (July 20, 2005). "Google finds sense of humor on surface of Moon". The Register. United Kingdom. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ Hamill, Jasper (22 November 2013). "Google puts Dr Who's Tardis onto Street View – and you can get INSIDE". The Register. 
  17. ^ "Want a faster way to get from #Snowdon to #BreconBeacons? It's 37 minutes by dragon you know... →". Google. 
  18. ^ "Google I/O 2011: The Secrets of Google Pac-Man: A Game Show". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  19. ^ "30th anniversary of Pac man", Doodles (game), Google 
  20. ^ "A Guide to Android Daydream: How to Setup and Unlock Hidden Features". Techmunchie. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Google+ Turns Your Smartphone Into a Snow Globe". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "Google Easter Egg Brings Christmas Carols to Mobile". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Konami Code Easter Egg Discovered In Google Play Games". 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  24. ^ Rahul Kasana. "Bored in no coverage area? Latest Chrome Beta for Android has an Easter Egg for you to play around ~ Tech Siddhi". 
  25. ^ "Googe Chromecast's Geeky Easter Eggs". Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  26. ^ Whitson, Gordon (October 13, 2011). "Skip Past the Boring Intro on YouTube Videos with the Wadsworth Constant Bookmarklet". Lifehacker. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  27. ^ Chitu, Alex (2013-11-20). "YouTube Easter Egg for Doge Meme". Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  28. ^ "Google behind Webdriver Torso mystery". BBC News. 
  29. ^ Amy-Mae Elliott 369 (March 13, 2010). "5 Must-See Google Easter Eggs". Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Google Reveals Hidden Menu in iPhone App". Cult of Mac. January 2, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  31. ^ to heart, on Ken Perlin personal page
  32. ^ 开战时刻:2011年11月01日 00:00 (2013-03-13). "Google I/O 2013 页面暗藏密码彩蛋,可进入神秘页面(附密码全收集) | 谷奥——探寻谷歌的奥秘". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  33. ^ 开战时刻:2011年11月01日 00:00 (2011-03-28). "Google Glass 内置彩蛋被发现,可观看整个眼镜团队全景照片 | 谷奥——探寻谷歌的奥秘". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 

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