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The technology company Google has added Easter eggs and April Fools' Day jokes and hoaxes into many of its products and services, such as Google Search, YouTube, and Android since at least 2000.[1]

Easter eggs are hidden features or messages, inside jokes, and cultural references inserted into media. They are often well hidden, so that users find it gratifying when they discover them, helping form bonds between their creators and finders. Google's employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time for projects of personal interest, and Easter eggs are sometimes created during this. Google avoids adding Easter eggs to popular search pages, as they do not want to negatively impact usability.[2][3]

An Easter egg in Google Maps warned users asking for walking directions from "The Shire" to "Mordor" that they should "Use caution – One does not simply walk into Mordor."

Search engine[edit]

As Google searches are case insensitive,[4] search terms are listed in lower case except where case sensitivity is explicitly referenced.

A Google web search for:

  • "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away" resulted in the same tilted, scrolling style that the introductions to the original Star Wars movies were presented in.[5] This included the music,[5] which was muted but could be heard by clicking on or selecting the muted speaker icon on the page. However, this no longer worked as of June 28, 2017.[6]
  • "anagram( see it )" shows "Did you mean: nag a ram".[7]
    • "define anagram( see it )" shows "Did you mean: nerd fame again".[8]
    • "anagram" and "define anagram" also work in other languages. For example, a Google ES search for "anagrama" shows Quizás quisiste decir: gama rana".[9]
  • "askew( see it )" causes the results page to be tilted, leaning down, left to right.[10][11]
  • "binary", "hex", "hexadecimal" and "octal" shows the number of search results in the respective numeral system.[12][13]
  • "bletchley park( see it )" shows the name of the attraction being decoded in the Knowledge Graph.[14]
  • "<blink>( see it )", "blink tag", or "blink html" includes samples of the blink element in the results.[15]
  • "christmas( see it )", "hanukkah( see it )", and "kwanzaa( see it )" will show decorations next to the search bar for each respective holiday. The feature is only active during the month of December. Each year, new decorations are shown.[16][17]
    • Certain words related to these holidays, such as "candy cane( see it )" and "menorah( see it )" will also bring up these decorations.[citation needed]
  • "conway's game of life( see it )" on a desktop browser 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.[18][2]
  • "do a barrel roll( see it )" or "z or r twice" causes the result page to do a Star Fox-style barrel roll.[19][20][21]
  • "drag queen" causes a rainbow to display next to the search results.[22]
  • "festivus( see it )" shows an image of the Festivus pole beside the search results and the message "A festivus miracle!" next to the number of search results.[23][20][21]
  • "gay pride( see it )", "homosexuality", "stonewall" and other LGBT related searches, at times of gay pride festival activity, cause the results page to have a rainbow themed header.[24]
  • "google in 1998( see it )" on a desktop browser will generate a layout similar to the one Google used for its search engine in 1998.[25][21]
  • “is google down( see it )” returns with "No".[26]
  • "kerning( see it )" will add spaces between the letters of the word "kerning" in the search results. Kerning refers to the process of adjusting the space between letters in a word.[27]
    • "keming( see it )" will remove spaces between the letters of the word "keming".[27] This refers to improper kerning,[28] particularly when not enough space is used between letters, which can cause mistakes like "kerning" to be read as "keming".[29]
  • "<marquee>( see it )", "marquee tag", or "marquee html" will apply the marquee element to the results count at the top of the results.[30][31]
  • "pluto( see it )" describes Pluto as "Our favorite dwarf planet since 2006" in the Knowledge Graph.[32]
  • "recursion( see it )" includes a "Did you mean: recursion" link back to the same page.[19]
  • "sonic the hedgehog( see it )" and "green hill zone" will give a Knowledge Graph with Sonic waiting. Clicking on Sonic will make him jump; if clicked on 25 times,[failed verification] Sonic will transform into Super Sonic.[33]
  • "superb owl( see it )" (a misspelling of Super Bowl) used to result in an infobox of Super Bowl LIII titled "Superb Owl" with an image of an owl wearing a crown.[34][35]
  • "super mario bros( see it )" shows a Knowledge Graph for Super Mario Bros. that contains a flashing "?" block which generates a coin and 200 points when clicked. After 100 coins are collected, the "1UP" sound plays.[36]
A frame from Google's webdriver torso logo. See original animated image
  • "text adventure( see it )" or "google easter eggs"[failed verification] using most popular modern browsers (except Safari)[37] and opening the browser's developer console will trigger a text-based adventure game playable within the console.[38][39]
  • "thanos( see it )" and "infinity gauntlet" display a Knowledge Graph with the Infinity Gauntlet on it. Clicking it will cause its fingers to snap, disintegrating half of the links and images on the page, as well as counting down the number of results to half. This is a reference to the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War, in which the character Thanos destroyed half of all life in the universe with the Gauntlet on his hand by snapping his fingers. It was added in celebration of its sequel – Avengers: Endgame. Clicking the gauntlet again restores the previously disintegrated results' content.[40][41]
  • "webdriver torso( see it )" turns the Google logo into moving colored blocks. This is a reference to an automated YouTube channel made by Google to test YouTube's performance. This does not work on mobile devices or when there is a Google Doodle on that day.[42][21]
  • "wizard of oz( see it )" will display a pair of ruby slippers. Clicking on them will cause the page to spin in a tornado-like effect while an audio file of Judy Garland saying "there's no place like home" is heard. After the effect finishes, the page is seen in black and white only.[citation needed] If the tornado is clicked, an audio file from the movie when the tornado hits plays, the page spins again and returns to colour.
  • During FIFA World Cup 2010, search queries including "World Cup" and "FIFA" caused the "" page indicator at the bottom of every result page to read "!" instead.[43]
  • "wubba lubba dub dub( see it )" results in Google's Search asking "Did you mean: i am in great pain please help me".[44] When using Google Assistant, it responds with "Are you in pain? How can I help?", "Sorry, I don't speak Birdperson" or "Morty, let's get Schwifty", referencing the adult animated science fiction sitcom Rick and Morty.[45]
  • "zerg rush( see it )" causes an army of Google Os to attack and destroy the search results, which can be defeated by clicking on them.[46] Once you are defeated (as victory is impossible[47]), the Os form two Gs (GG), meaning "Good Game".[48][21]

Friends characters[edit]

For the 25th anniversary of the TV series Friends, Google embedded Easter eggs for Chandler Bing( see it ), Phoebe Buffay( see it ), Monica Geller( see it ), Ross Geller( see it ), Rachel Green( see it ) and Joey Tribbiani( see it ) in their respective Knowledge Graphs.[49][50][51]

Embedded tools[edit]

A Google web search for:

  • "breathing exercise( see it )" will have a 60-second breathing exercise.[52][53]
  • "bubble level( see it )" on a mobile device will have an interactive spirit level.[54]
  • "color picker( see it )" or "rgb to hex" will provide a color picker and a conversion between RGB and hexadecimal color values. Selecting "Show color values" will also show conversions to the CMYK, HSL and HSV color models.[55][56]
  • "flip a coin( see it )" will flip a coin: heads or tails.[57][21]
  • "fun facts( see it )" or "i'm feeling curious" will show a fun fact. Once a search result has been given, clicking on "Ask another question" will show another question. It will show a short fact in about 1-3 sentences and a link to the website where the fact was found within a featured box at the top of the search results.[57][58]
  • "metronome( see it )" will have a metronome that can be adjusted from 40 to 218[failed verification] BPM.[59]
  • "pac-man( see it )", "google pacman" or "play pacman" will show the Pac-Man related interactive Google Doodle from 2010.[31][60] Clicking Insert Coin twice will enable a second player, Ms. Pac-Man.[61]
    The initial configuration of Google's Pac-Man banner.
  • "play dreidel( see it )" will spin a dreidel, landing on one of four letters of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (He) or ש (Shin).[62][63]
  • "random number generator( see it )" or "rng" will generate a random number. The starting range is between 1 and 10, but the maximum and minimum can be adjusted. Changing the maximum or minimum to a number with more than 10 digits will generate a dizzy face emoji 😵.[31] Changing both the maximum and the minimum to 100 will generate a hundred points symbol 💯.[64]
  • "roll a die( see it )" will roll a six sided dice.[57][21]
  • "snake( see it )", "play snake", "snake game" and "snake video game" will result in a "Play Snake" card. By selecting Click to Play, the user can play the game on both desktop and mobile.[65]
  • "solitaire( see it )" will have a playable game of solitaire. Users can select between two modes: easy and hard.[57][21]
  • "spinner( see it )" will have an interactive spinning wheel and a fidget spinner[66] which can be toggled via the switch. For the spinning wheel, a dropdown menu can change the number of numbers on the wheel: from 2 to 20.[67] Whereas, for the fidget spinner, users have to mimic a rotating motion[66] in order for the spinner to spin.
  • "stopwatch( see it )" and "timer( see it )" will provide interactive timing methods; the stopwatch counting up and the timer counting down. Both tools are shown for each search term. Variants such as "set a timer for 10 minutes" can be used.[68]
  • "tic tac toe( see it )" will show a playable game of tic-tac-toe. Users can select to play against the browser at different levels – "easy", "medium" or "hard" (called "impossible") – or against a friend.[57][69][21] An alternative way to find the game is to search "shall we play a game".[citation needed]
  • "what sound does a dog make( see it )" will sound out what a dog will make. The word "dog" can be replaced with other animals in the search query.[57]
  • "google logo history( see it )" results in a slideshow of the changes to the Google logo, starting with the logo used today and ending with one of the first logos from 1998.[70]
  • "Atari Breakout" search this and click on the images tab to open the classic Atari game.[71][72]

Google birthday surprise spinner[edit]

Searching for "google birthday surprise spinner( see it )" will result in a wheel that spins to one of a selection of playable Google Doodles, tools (see above) and games. Whichever is randomly selected may be opened, or the wheel may be spun again. It was added in celebration of Google's 19th birthday.[52]


In late 2011 Google added a graphical calculator to search results,[73][74] using natural language processing to determine that search results might be mathematical in nature.[75][76] Woven into this feature are several, not entirely academic, results which might be considered Easter eggs.[77]

A Google web search for:

The result of multiple Easter eggs may be calculated; for example: "the number of horns on a unicorn plus the answer to life the universe and everything( see it )" will return "43".[78]

Image search[edit]

  • A Google image search for "atari breakout( see it )" starts a game of Breakout, using the gallery of image results as bricks. Once the bricks are destroyed, a random phrase is automatically searched, the player will add the extra ball, and the game will restart.[81][21]

Google Maps and Google Earth[edit]

  • The world of the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may be explored with Google Street View. Visit New York City in 1926 as brought to life in the film, as well as the real locations today. Fans can visit MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA); Steen National Bank, where Newt first meets Jacob Kowalski; the underground speakeasy The Blind Pig; and the magical apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein, two of the film’s key characters.( see it )[82]
  • Another 3D buildings Easter egg involves a scene involving a bridge jump from The Blues Brothers, which is recreated in Google Earth at the Tacony–Palmyra Bridge linking New Jersey and Philadelphia.[79]
  • With the release of Google Earth 5, the Mars feature allowed users to speak to a primitive ELIZA clone on the planet, by searching for "Meliza".[83]
  • 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. Zooming to the closest level used to show that the Moon was made of cheese.[84] 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.[84]
  • In Street View, on Earls Court Rd, London, United Kingdom, a TARDIS from the science fiction series Doctor Who is on display. Street View allows one to enter the TARDIS( see it ) where it is "Bigger on the Inside" and explore the set actually used in the show.[85][86]
  • When navigating from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons( see it ), the user can choose to travel by dragon, which takes 21 minutes.[87]
  • When navigating from Urquhart Castle to Fort Augustus( see it ), the user can choose to travel by the Loch Ness Monster, which takes 25 minutes.[88]
  • When navigating from Magdalene College to President's Lodge Queens College( see it ), the user can choose to be punted, which takes 45 minutes.[89]
  • Searching for public transportation from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace( see it ) will offer the Royal Carriage option.[90]
  • In celebration of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, users could explore Bruce Wayne's residence and the Batcave.[91]
  • For April Fools' Day 2015, in certain areas in Google Maps, there was a button which started a game of Pac-Man, controlled by arrow keys and using the roads as paths for Pac-Man to travel along.[92]
    • A similar feature was brought back for April Fools' Day 2017, allowing users to play a version of Ms. Pac-Man upon clicking the icon on the Google Maps webpage or mobile app.[93]
  • In early test versions of Google Maps, searching for a route between locations separated by expanses of water (for example, Paris and New York City) provided road directions to the coast of the embarkation 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.[79]
  • While Google Maps' walking directions were in beta, requesting them from the start point of "The Shire" or "Rivendell" to the destination of "Mordor", the directions returned the warning: "Use caution – One does not simply walk into Mordor."[94]
  • Searching for "R'lyeh" would take users to the coordinates of the sunken city. It was listed as a "Place of worship".[95]
  • Visiting "Salford Lads' Club" with 3D buildings activated will show Morrissey of The Smiths at the entrance. The club was featured in the cover art of the Smiths' album The Queen Is Dead.[96]
  • On Mario Day (March 10[97]) 2018, Google and Nintendo had partnered up to bring Mario into Google Maps mobile app worldwide for a week. A yellow icon with a question mark would show up at the bottom of the directions page, next to the start navigation button. Tapping on the icon would allow the user to have Mario and his kart as the navigation arrow. Tapping the icon 100 times would activate a 1-UP sound like in Nintendo's games.[98]


Google Translate[edit]

  • On Monday, November 29, 2010, Reddit user "harrichr" posted details of "how to make Google beatbox for you!" and soon after, Robert Quigley reported the discovery in an article on "" (now The Mary Sue), stating that he was "Not sure if this falls in the category of Easter Egg or clever manipulation" and that although he had "No idea why", it transpired that using Google Translate to translate nonsense text of all consonants from German to German and clicking Listen would result in machine generated speech that sounded like beatboxing. As time went on, redditors and other interested parties experimented with translation combinations, posting their results on sites including Hacker News where reader "iamdave" is reported to have posted "a pretty comprehensive Google Translate beatboxing guide".[116][117] Three years later Time magazine published an article indicating that Google had acknowledged the existence of this feature with an Easter egg "Beatbox" tooltip when hovering over the "speaker icon" button after setting everything up to the aforementioned specification.[118]
  • When using Google Translate to translate the German version of The Funniest Joke in the World ("Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!( see it )") to English, the result will be "[FATAL ERROR]".[119]

Google homepage[edit]

  • Rolling over the I'm Feeling Lucky button causes the button text to spin, landing on a random phrase. Clicking on the button without text in the search bar will serve the corresponding web page.[120][121][122]
I'm feeling Result
Doodley Random Google Doodle
Adventurous Random Google search for fun activities[failed verification]
Artistic Random Google art project
Hungry Google search for "restaurants"
Puzzled "A Google A Day" home page
Trendy Google Hot Trends
Stellar Google Earth homepage
Playful Random interactive Google Doodle
Wonderful Random "World Wonder" project
Generous Google "One Today" homepage
Curious Google search for "I'm Feeling Curious"[failed verification]

Google languages[edit]

Google offers interfaces for several different fictional languages. Users can set any language (except pig latin) as their preferred language in their search settings.[123]

Language URL
Pirate see it )
Hacker (Leet) see it )
Bork see it )
Klingon see it )
Pig Latin see it )
Elmer Fudd see it )

Google subpages[edit]

The teapot found at Google's 418 error page.
  • When Ken Perlin visited Google February 2000, Sergey Brin asked him for a version of an interactive jumping heart character he'd created as a Java applet to be put on the Google site for Valentine's day. "" will redirect to an archived page which is a preservation of the old, but still functional, Google interface, complete with the Valentine's heart and a banner that states "This site is an old friend from Google’s past, kept in its original form. Enjoy!"[124][self-published source?]
  • " see it )" is a simple plain text file serving to remind its readers that Google is created by a large team of humans using many technologies. It asks for interested readers to visit their careers page.[125]
  • "" is a plain text file in robots.txt format.[126]
  • " see it )" states, "418. I’m a teapot. The requested entity body is short and stout. Tip me over and pour me out." Clicking on the picture of the teapot or tilting the mobile device will result in an animation of it pouring tea into a teacup. The web page is a reference to the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol.[127]


Android Easter eggs
  • Since the version 2.3 (Gingerbread) of Google's Android operating system an Easter egg 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.[128]
    • In 2.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) there is a painting of an Android next to a zombie gingerbread man, surrounded by zombies using cellphones.[129]
    • In 3.0 – 3.2.6 (Honeycomb) there is a blue honeybee. Below it, there is the text "REZZZZZZZ…" as a reference to Tron: Legacy.[citation needed]
    • In 4.0 – 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) there is pixel art of an ice cream sandwich android. Long-pressing it will result in many ice cream sandwich androids flying across the screen, dubbed the "nyan droid" as they are a tribute to Nyan Cat.[citation needed]
    • In 4.1 – 4.3.1 (Jelly Bean) a red jelly bean appears, which if pressed will show its face along with the OS version. If this jelly bean is then long-pressed, an interactive jelly bean mini-game will appear. This is where one can fling the jelly beans around.[citation needed]
    • 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 or twisted with two fingers 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.[130]
    • In 5.x (Lollipop) and 6.x (Marshmallow), a colored circle appears (or a circle with a stylized M inside in Marshmallow). If continuously tapped, it will turn into a lollipop with the text lollipop inside (or the M changes into a marshmallow in 6.x). Tapping the circle changes the color. When long-pressed, a game of Flappy Bird starts with the Android mascot instead. In Marshmallow, tapping the plus sign adds extra players (up to five), which can be controlled by the user or other players.[131][132]
    • In 7.0 (Nougat), an "N" appears, which will enable another Easter egg if tapped. This Easter egg, titled "Android Neko" as a reference to the cat collecting mobile game Neko Atsume, can be accessed from the Quick Settings menu, and allows the user to create virtual treats, which will eventually attract kittens. The kittens can be viewed in a gallery-style screen. Additionally, long-pressing on the aforementioned "N" repeatedly will alternate between displaying the no symbol and the cat face emojis, respectively toggling the Easter egg on and off. "No" and "cat" is a mondegreen for "nougat".[133]
    • In 8.0 (Oreo), instead of the normal way of going to the Easter egg, heading to System > About Phone and tapping on the Android version repeatedly will launch the Easter egg. An orange circle appears, representing an "O" for Oreo. Long pressing on the center will open a blue screen representing a sea with an octopus floating around. The "O" in octopus represents Oreo while the eight legs on the octopus represent the version (8.0). The octopus can be moved by dragging the head around.[134]
    • In 9.0 (Pie), the Easter egg is found by going to System > About Phone > Android version and then tapping three times on the Android version on the next screen. A white, extended "P" will then appear, usually with concentric colored circles disappearing into the "P". Each time the Easter egg is invoked, it displays different colors. The animation can be pinched to zoom.[135]
    • In 10.0, the text "android 10" will appear, where each of the texts "android", "1", and "0" can be moved and rotated. Rotating "1" and merging with the digit "0" will result in the "android Q" text. In this state, tapping the "Q" several times will reveal a Nonogram game, where the resulting pictures are various icons of Android.[137]
  • "Spells" may be "cast" on an Android phone by saying "Ok Google" followed by "Lumos" or "Nox" to turn the flashlight on and off, or "Silencio" to silence the ringer and notifications.[82]

Android applications[edit]

  • In the Google Play Games app, if the player swipes the Konami Code, a box will appear with three buttons – a B, an A and an . Pressing B then A then unlocks a secret achievement called "All your game are belong to us", a reference to the well known "All your base are belong to us" phrase.[138]
  • In the Google Allo app, sending the Konami Code to the Google Assistant by typing "up up down down left right left right b a start" will respond with "Cheat mode enabled". Typing it again will respond with random statements relatable to the code.[citation needed]
  • In the Google Phone (Dialer) app, inputting the "Emergency Number" "0118 999 881 999 119 725 3", advertised to replace "999" in The IT Crowd's season 1 episode "Calamity Jen", will cause the phone to vibrate and the call button to flash blue and red. The feature is supported to work on stock Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat[139][140][141], and is still present on Oreo (8.1) devices.
  • In Google+, if the device is shaken while viewing a photo, 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.[142]
  • 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. The phone will play the music and show the words if one of them is selected.[143]
  • On YouTube Creator Studio, swiping down the screen repeatedly will show a cat at the top of the screen.[144]
  • Entering the tabview on the Google Chrome App and swiping up on a tab five times will cause the tab do a backflip.[145]
  • Opening more than 99 tabs in the Google Chrome App will result in ":D" shown instead of the number of opened tabs.[145]
  • Tapping on the dinosaur, which is shown if the Google Chrome App is not able to connect to internet, will start a "jump and run" game.[145] (See also the Chrome section below)


  • On YouTube for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and on YouTube TV, holding rewind (left on a gamepad thumbstick, left or J on a keyboard) for a few seconds while at the beginning of a video, will cause an animated image of a small dog to run across the video's progress bar.[146][147]
  • On a video published by Numberphile on June 22, 2012, titled "Why do YouTube views freeze at 301?( see it )", the view count was frozen at 301,[148][31] referencing the bug in the now-changed subject behavior.[149]
  • Adding "&wadsworth=1" to a video URL would apply "Wadsworth's constant", skipping the first 30% of the video.[150]
  • Whilst viewing any video, typing "awesome" makes the progress bar and other player elements flash multicolored. Typing "awesome" again stops it.[151]
  • YouTube's robots.txt file at " see it )" states that it was "Created in the distant future (the year 2000) after the robotic uprising of the mid 90's which wiped out all humans."[152] This is an ostensible reference to the song "Robots" by Flight of the Conchords.[153]
  • When the live-stream countdown reaches 24 hours before it is scheduled to start, a "Dawn of The Final Day -24 Hours Remain-" is shown along with a sound effect, referencing the video game The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.[citation needed]
  • On December 12, 2015, in celebration of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the progress bar was changed in order to look like a Lightsaber. By signing up to a specially created page, users were able to follow the Light Side (which would change the progress bar to blue) or the Dark Side (which would change the progress bar to red). Account users had the option to return the effect to normal. Google disabled it for all users, February 1, 2016.[154] Along with this, mousing over the volume controls would play a lightsaber sound like it was turned on, and mousing off of it would play a power off sound.[citation needed]
  • A Snake game could be activated in the Adobe Flash player by pressing a combination of arrow keys whilst videos were paused or playing. Once started, the snake could be controlled by further use of the arrow keys, directing it to "gobble up dots" to increase its size. If the snake hit the edges of the video window, the game ended.[155][156] The feature no longer works with the HTML5 video player.[157]
  • When watching a video with "fidget spinner" in the title, the buffering icon would change into a spinning fidget spinner.[158]
    The Fidget Spinner that replaces the buffering icon
  • The title of the video "Too Many Cooks( see it )", a surreal dark comedy short by Adult Swim, is yellow and in the Georgia font, mimicking the video's theme.[citation needed]


A YouTube search for:

  • "beam me up scotty", a reference to Star Trek, would cause the search results to beam down onto the screen, as in Star Trek.[159]
  • "doge meme" changes the font on the search result page to pastel color Comic Sans typical of the Doge meme.[160]
  • "do the harlem shake" will cause the Harlem Shake song to play and the results to dance around.[161]
  • "use the Force luke" causes the results to levitate, as if by the Force mentioned in Star Wars.[46]
  • "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 Easter egg is a reference to the Webdriver Torso mystery. Google has confirmed that it is behind the Webdriver Torso mystery; it is one of many test channels used by YouTube to ensure video quality.[162]
  • Searching "yanny" shows "Did you mean: laurel", and vice versa. This is a reference to Yanny or Laurel, an auditory illusion that became popular in May 2018.[citation needed]


Lonely T-Rex
  • If the user tries to browse when offline, a message is shown that they are not connected to the Internet. An illustration of the "Lonely T-Rex" dinosaur is shown at the top, designed by Sebastien Gabriel.[163][164][21] From September 2014, tapping the dinosaur (in Android or iOS) or pressing space or (on desktop) launches a browser game called "T-Rex Runner" in which the player controls a running dinosaur by tapping the screen (in Android or iOS) or pressing space, or (on desktop) to avoid obstacles, including cacti and, from June 2015, pterodactyls. In 2016, another feature was added to the game. When the player reaches 700 points the game begins to switch between day (white background, black lines and shapes) and night (black background, white lines and shapes). During September 2018, for Google Chrome's 10th birthday, a birthday cake causing the dinosaur to wear a birthday hat when collected was added.[165] Reaching a score of 900 will switch the colour scheme back to day, and the switch back and forth will occur at further subsequent milestones.[164][166][167][168] The game is also available at the "chrome://network-error/-106( see it )" and "chrome://dino"[failed verification] pages.[169] The game's code is available on the Chromium site.[167]
  • In the Apps splash page at "chrome://apps( see it )", a comment can be found under the body header that reads "A div to hold all the templates, and in the darkness bind them". This is a reference to the One Ring featured in The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien.[citation needed]
  • In the About Chrome page at "chrome://settings/help", clicking on the Chrome icon will cause it to spin.[citation needed]

Chrome OS[edit]

  • In the Camera app, activating caps lock and typing "CRAZYPONY" will open the files app and prompt the user to select a video file. Users can then add filters and take screenshots of the video.[145]
  • The keyboard shortcut ctrl+alt+⇧ Shift+refresh causes the current window to spin (Barrel Roll).[170]


"PRIDE" Easter Egg in Google Sheets being demonstrated
Google I/O 2013
Password Page theme
OOIOIOIO outer space
IOOOIOOO synthesizer
OIIIOIOI bowling
OOIIIOOI hamburger
IOIOIOIO metaball
  • Pressing Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Y in the Picasa desktop application will cause a teddy bear to appear on the screen. Note that the Picasa application no longer exists, as it was replaced by Google Photos.[171]
  • In the Google I/O 2013 page, " see it )", one can click the letters "I" and "O" to input passwords.[172][173][174]
  • In Google Glass, tapping Settings -> Device info -> View licenses, then tapping the touchpad 9 times, will show a Tap Meet Team option. Tapping again will show a photo of the Google Glass development team.[175]
  • Any photograph with Christmas lights uploaded to Google+ will be turned into an animated GIF, showing sparkling lights.[143]
  • On the Google Play Store, clicking the search button with a blank search field will search "unicorns".[176]
  • 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. However, this no longer works as of the newer app updates.[177]
  • On Google Forms, entering the table flip emoticon "(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻" as the title will cause the interface to flip and replace the title with "┬─┬ノ(°_°ノ)"[citation needed]
  • The model numbers for the first generation Chromecast unit and its power adapter read H2G2-42 and MST3K-US, respectively.[178]
  • The password for Project Fi data only SIM cards is h2g2, another reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.[179]
  • In Sheets, as to celebrate LGBT pride, typing "PRIDE" in cells A1-E1 with each individual letter in each cell will make change the fill color of columns to make a rainbow.[180][181]

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