List of Google Easter eggs
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.
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. This included the music, which was muted but could be heard by clicking on or selecting the muted speaker icon on the page. However, this was discontinued on June 28, 2017.
- "alex trebek" shows "Did you mean: who is alex trebek" in reference to Jeopardy!.
- "anagram " shows "Did you mean: nag a ram".
- "ascii art" showed the logo as if it was created with ASCII characters.
- "askew " causes the results page to be tilted, leaning down, left to right.
- "binary", "hex", "hexadecimal" and "octal" shows the number of search results in the respective numeral system.
- "bletchley parkthe attraction being decoded in the knowledge panel. " shows the name of
- "<blink>blink element in the results. ", "blink tag", or "blink html" includes samples of the
- "cha cha slide " adds a glittering microphone next to the link to the official music video. Click it through each stage, and it will recreate the main chorus on your browser.
- "christmas", "hanukkah", and "kwanzaa" 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.
- Certain words related to these holidays, such as "candy canecitation needed] " and "menorah " will also bring up these decorations.[
- "conway's game of lifethe game to the right of the search results. The process can also be stopped and altered by the user. " on a desktop browser generates a running configuration of
- "diwali" will show a lamp which when clicked starts a lamp lighting game.
- "do a barrel rollStar Fox-style barrel roll. " or "z or r twice" causes the result page to do a
- "drag queen", "gay pride ", "homosexuality", "stonewall" and other LGBT related searches, at times of gay pride festival activity, cause the results page to have a rainbow themed header.
- "emacsvi vs emacs editor war. " shows "Did you mean: vi", and vice versa when searching "vi ". This is a reference to the
- "festivusFestivus pole beside the search results and the message "A festivus miracle!" next to the number of search results. " shows an image of the
- "fifa" and "world cup", during FIFA World Cup 2010, caused the "Goooo...gle" page indicator at the bottom of every result page to read "Goooo...al!" instead.
- "fireworksUS Independence Day – July 4th, will display simulated multi-colored fireworks for several seconds. ", "fourth of july " and other search terms containing "firework", on
- "google in 1998 " on a desktop browser will generate a layout similar to the one Google used for its search engine in 1998.
- “is google down ” returns with "No".
- "kerningKerning refers to the process of adjusting the space between letters in a word. " will add spaces between the letters of the word "kerning" in the search results.
- "<marquee>marquee element to the results count at the top of the results. ", "marquee tag", or "marquee html" will apply the
- "new year's eve", on New Year's Eve 2020, shows a cannon next to the knowledge panel which once clicked, makes confetti explode. 
- "plutoPluto as "Our favorite dwarf planet since 2006" in the knowledge panel. " describes
- "recursionrecursion" link back to the same page. " shows a "Did you mean:
- "sonic the hedgehog gameSonic waiting. Clicking or tapping Sonic will make him spin; if clicked or tapped enough times, Sonic will transform into Super Sonic. " and "green hill zone" will give a knowledge panel with
- "steamed hamsThe Simpsons episode "22 Short Films About Springfield". " shows "Did you mean: steamed clams", referencing
- "superb owlSuper Bowl) used to result in an infobox of Super Bowl LIII titled "Superb Owl" with an image of an owl wearing a crown. " (a misspelling of
- "super mario brosSuper 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. " shows a knowledge panel for
- "text adventureSafari) and opening the browser's developer console will trigger a text-based adventure game playable within the console. Typing "no" when it asks if you want to play a game will print "the only winning move is not to play" in the console, referencing Wargames. " using most popular modern browsers (except
- "thanos" and "infinity gauntlet" display a knowledge panel 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. As of 2020, that option is no longer available.
- "the one ringcitation needed] " shows "Did you mean: my precioussss" in reference to Gollum's name for it in The Lord of the Rings.[
- "war in ba sing seAvatar: The Last Airbender, in which characters try to prevent the rumors of war. " shows "Did you mean: there is no war in Ba Sing Se". This is a reference to the show
- "webdriver torsoGoogle 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. " turns the
- "wizard of ozruby slippers in the knowledge panel. 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 a sepia tone only. If the tornado is clicked, an audio file from the movie when the tornado hits plays, the page spins again and returns to color.  " will display a pair of
- "wubba lubba dub dub 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. " shows "Did you mean: i am in great pain please help me".
- "zerg rusharmy of Google Os to attack and destroy the search results, which can be defeated by clicking on them. Once you are defeated (as victory is impossible), the Os form two Gs (GG), meaning "Good Game". " causes an
For the 25th anniversary of the TV series Friends, Google embedded Easter eggs for Chandler Bing , Phoebe Buffay , Monica Geller , Ross Geller , Rachel Green and Joey Tribbiani in their respective knowledge panels.
A Google web search for:
- "breathing exercise " will have a 60-second breathing exercise.
- "bubble levelmobile device will have an interactive spirit level. " on a
- "color pickercolor 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. " or "rgb to hex" will provide a
- "flip a coin " will flip a coin: heads or tails.
- "fun facts " 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.
- "metronomemetronome that can be adjusted from 40 to 208BPM. " will have a
- "pac-manPac-Man related interactive Google Doodle from 2010. Clicking Insert Coin twice will enable a second player, Ms. Pac-Man. ", "google pacman" or "play pacman" will show the
- "play dreideldreidel, landing on one of four letters of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (He) or ש (Shin). " will spin a
- "random number generator" 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 😵. Changing both the maximum and the minimum to 100 will generate a hundred points symbol 💯.
- "roll a diedie. Since 2019, you can also roll 4, 8, 10, 12 and 20-sided dices, roll multiple dices at once, and add a modifier that either adds or subtracts from the roll total.  " will roll a six sided
- "snakethe game on both desktop and mobile. ", "play snake", "snake game" and "snake video game" will result in a "Play Snake" card. By selecting Click to Play, the user can play
- "solitaire " will have a playable game of solitaire. Users can select between two modes: easy and hard.
- "spinnerfidget spinner 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. Whereas, for the fidget spinner, users have to mimic a rotating motion in order for the spinner to spin. " will have an interactive spinning wheel and a
- "stopwatch " and "timer " 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.
- "tic tac toetic-tac-toe. Users can select to play against the browser at different levels – "easy", "medium" or "hard" (called "impossible") – or against a friend. An alternative way to find the game is to search "shall we play a game". " or "terni lapilli" will show a playable game of
- "what sound does a dog make " will sound out what a dog will make. The word "dog" can be replaced with other animals in the search query.
- "translateGoogle Translate tool in the search results, and in advance of Thanksgiving 2020, a turkey language was added to the selection of languages to which translations could be made. An example translation provided by sources for "how's it going" results in "gobble'gobble gobble gobble". All results are "Poultry Verified". " will show an embedded version of
- "google logo historyGoogle logo, starting with the logo used today and ending with one of the first logos from 1998. " results in a slideshow of the changes to the
Google birthday surprise spinner
Searching for "google birthday surprise spinnersee 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." will result in a wheel that spins to one of a selection of playable Google Doodles, tools (
In late 2011 Google added a graphical calculator to search results, using natural language processing to determine that search results might be mathematical in nature. Woven into this feature are several, not entirely academic, results which might be considered Easter eggs.
A Google web search for:
- "baker's dozenbaker's dozen = 13" " shows the additional result "1
- "once in a blue moononce in a blue moon = 1.16699016 × 10−8 hertz". " will give the additional result of "
- "the answer to [the ultimate question of] life the universe and everythingDouglas Adams novel series, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". It is believed to be the first Google Easter egg, predating the calculator in which it is now revealed. " provides the answer "42" as a result in reference to the
- "the number of horns on a unicorn" shows the number "1" on the calculator.
- "what is the loneliest number " shows the number = "1" in the calculator.
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" will return "43".
- A Google image search for "atari breakout" or just "breakout" would start a game of Breakout, using the gallery of image results as bricks. Once the bricks were destroyed, a random phrase was automatically searched, the player got an extra ball, and the game restarted. The Easter egg was added in 2013 in celebration of the 37th anniversary of the original Atari game. As of May 2020 the game is no longer embedded on Google's Image Search.
Google Maps and Google Earth
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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. 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.
- 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 where it is "Bigger on the Inside" and explore the set actually used in the show.
- When navigating from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons, the user would choose to travel by dragon, which took 21 minutes.
- When navigating from Urquhart Castle to Fort Augustus, the user would choose to travel by the Loch Ness Monster, which took 25 minutes.
- When navigating from Magdalene College to President's Lodge Queens College, the user would choose to be punted, which took 45 minutes.
- Searching for public transportation from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace would offer the Royal Carriage option.
- In celebration of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, users could explore Bruce Wayne's residence and the Batcave.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- Searching for "R'lyeh" would take users to the coordinates of the sunken city. It was listed as a "Place of worship".
- 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.
- On Mario Day (March 10) 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.
- A search for "Ericsson's Fault" directs to a point on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix street circuit. This is a reference to Romain Grosjean's post retirement radio message in which he said Marcus Ericsson had hit him, although he had crashed on his own during lap 40 of the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
- If the user navigates to Loch Ness, the lake can be seen from a street view and the Pegman looks like a green Loch Ness Monster wearing a tartan hat.
- He is 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 and on certain hashtags like the #prideforeveryone hashtag he gets a certain object like a rainbow cape.
- Around February 8, the launch day of Google Maps, he appears dressed as a birthday cake.
- When viewing past street views, he once turned into Emmett "Doc" Brown, one of the protagonists from the "Back to the Future" universe.
- When dragged into Legoland in Carlsbad, the Pegman turns into a Lego minifigure.
- When dragged into Street View in Sun Valley, Idaho, he becomes a skier.
- On Election Day the Pegman is wearing an Uncle Sam's hat and an "I voted" button.
- When dragged onto the vicinity of the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Pegman becomes a tennis player holding a racket.
- When dragged near the Kennedy Space Center, Pegman becomes an astronaut.
- When dragging Pegman around Groom Lake in Nevada or Area 51, he will turn into a UFO.
- When viewing some royal residences, such as Buckingham PalaceThe Palace of Holyroodhouse and Hillsborough Castle, the Pegman turns into a representation of Queen Elizabeth II, "PegMa'am". (and the surrounding palaces),
- When dragged onto Hawaii or Florida, the Pegman becomes a mermaid, but only when close to the ocean. The figure reverts if dragged too far inland.
- Dragging the Google Street View Pegman onto Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA used to display him with a tie-dyed shirt.
- There is a place on the southern point of Half Moon Island, Antarctica that has blue roads. When the Pegman was dragged on this spot, the Pegman turned into a penguin and users could explore the area as if on roads. Penguins and a research team in red parkas can be seen at various points on these roads.
- For the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Pegman on Google Maps was a stormtrooper or an X-wing fighter pilot.
- For the release of the video game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U, the Pegman was Link holding a Master Sword and a Hylian Shield.
- For Google Street View's 10th birthday, the Pegman appears on both Maps and Street View as if he is celebrating a birthday, wearing a red and white striped miniature party hat and holding three pastel violet, pink, and blue balloons in his right hand.
- 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 "geekosystem.com" (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". 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.
- 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! ") to English, the result will be "[FATAL ERROR]".
- 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.
|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]|
- 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. "www.google.com/heart" 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!"[self-published source?]
- "www.google.com/humans.txt " 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.
- "www.google.com/killer-robots.txt" is a plain text file in robots.txt format.
- "www.google.com/teapotI’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. " states, "418.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 11.0, a dial will show up. It can only go up to 10, but, if you turn it to the max three times, it will go up to 11. After this is done, you will unlock a virtual cat easter egg. This one is also called "Android Neko", much like the easter egg in Nougat releases.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- On YouTube Creator Studio, swiping down the screen repeatedly will show a cat at the top of the screen.
- Entering the tabview on the Google Chrome App and swiping up on a tab five times will cause the tab do a backflip.
- Opening more than 99 tabs in the Google Chrome App will result in ":D" shown instead of the number of opened tabs.
- 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. (See also Dinosaur Game)
- 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.
- On a video published by Numberphile on June 22, 2012, titled "Why do YouTube views freeze at 301? ", the view count was frozen at 301, referencing the bug in the now-changed subject behavior.
- Adding "&wadsworth=1" to a video URL would apply "Wadsworth's constant", skipping the first 30% of the video.
- Whilst viewing any video, typing "awesome" makes the progress bar and other player elements flash multicolored. Typing "awesome" again stops it.
- YouTube's robots.txt file at "www.youtube.com/robots.txt " states that it was "Created in the distant future (the year 2000) after the robotic uprising of the mid 1990s which wiped out all humans." This is an ostensible reference to the song "Robots" by Flight of the Conchords.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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. The feature no longer works with the HTML5 video player.
- When watching a video with "fidget spinner" in the title, the buffering icon would change into a spinning fidget spinner.
- The title of the video "Too Many Cookssurreal dark comedy short by Adult Swim, is yellow and in the Georgia font, mimicking the video's theme. ", a
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.
- "doge meme" changes the font on the search result page to pastel color Comic Sans typical of the Doge meme.
- "do the harlem shake" will cause the Harlem Shake song to play and the results to dance around.
- "use the Force luke" causes the results to levitate, as if by the Force mentioned in Star Wars.
- "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.
- 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. From September 2014, tapping the dinosaur (in Android or iOS) or pressing space or ↑ (on desktop) launches a browser game known as the "dinosaur game" 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. Reaching a score of 900 will switch the color scheme back to day, and the switch back and forth will occur at further subsequent milestones. The game is also available at the "chrome://network-error/-106" and "chrome://dino"[failed verification] pages. The game's code is available on the Chromium site. If an administrator of the computer disables the dinosaur game, when a player attempts to play the game, he or she will receive an error messages with an illustration of a meteor coming after the dinosaur saying that the administrator of that computer has turned off the dinosaur game.
- In the Apps splash page at "chrome://apps", 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.
- In the About Chrome page at "chrome://settings/help", clicking on the Chrome icon will cause it to spin.
- 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.
- The keyboard shortcut ctrl+alt+⇧ Shift+refresh causes the current window to spin (Barrel Roll).
- After downloading a picture, then deleting it in the files app, but leaving the notification; when clicking on the notification it will say "This file has wandered off somewhere".
- Inputting the Konami Code on a Chromebook Pixel causes the lights on an LED strip on the lid of the computer to blink rapidly.
- 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.
- In the Google I/O 2013 page, "instrument.github.io/google-io-2013/ ", one can click the letters "
I" and "
O" to input passwords.
- 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.
- Any photograph with Christmas lights uploaded to Google+ will be turned into an animated GIF, showing sparkling lights.
- On the Google Play Store, clicking the search button with a blank search field will search "unicorn".
- 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.
- On Google Forms, entering the table flip emoticon "(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻" as the title will cause the interface to flip and replace the title with "┬─┬ノ(°_°ノ)"
- The model numbers for the first generation Chromecast unit and its power adapter read H2G2-42 and MST3K-US, respectively.
- The password for Google Fi data only SIM cards is h2g2, another reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- In Google 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.
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