The amount of information that Google holds is, beyond any doubt, amazing and this is maybe one of the reasons we are so connected with this search engine. All the functions and functionalities keep evolving, and even though you might know and admire the really creative Google Doodles and you might have already amused yourself with some of the big G’s April Fools Day jokes, some of you might not be aware of the different secrets that it holds: the Google Easter Eggs.
Blame it on the season, blame it on our curiosity but we’ve prepared for you the most comprehensive list of Google Easter Eggs that I am sure it will intrigue you just as much it intrigued us. We might mention that we are not offering you the decorated or chocolate eggs that are usually used as gifts on the occasion of Easter or springtime celebration. We’re offering you something just as “delicious” from a recreational point of view: the hidden messages, intentional inside jokes, or secret features, in other words the complete list of Google Easter Eggs.
We’ve tried to gather all the Easter Eggs that are available at the moment. Keep in mind that if you want all of them to work, it will be useful to have the latest version of Google Chrome browser. With no further introduction, we declare the traditional (Google) Easter egg hunt opened.
- The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything
- Baker’s Dozen
- Bletchley Park
- Conway’s Game of Life
- Play Atari Breakout in Google Images
- Flip a Coin
- Fun Facts
- Feeling Curious
- Roll a Die
- Play Solitaire
- Server Status 418. I’m a Teapot
- Tic Tac Toe or Terni Lapilli
- Play Dreidel
- Once in a Blue Moon
- The Number of Horns on a Unicorn
- Loneliest Number
- Search For “Anagram” Or “Define Anagram”
- Blink HTML
- Marquee HTML
- Do a Barrel Roll
- Google in 1998
- Is Google Down?
- Zerg Rush
- Search for Recursion
- Sonic Easter Egg
- Super Mario Bros
- 3D Easter Egg
- Bacon Number
- Valentine’s Day Easter Egg
- Bubble Level
- Pirate Language
- Loch Ness Monster
- Google Mars
- Google Moon
- Dinosaur Game
- What Sound Does a Dog make?
- Nutrition Info
- The Funniest Joke in the World
- Lego Lovers Build with Chrome
- Spelling Numbers
- Explore Space with Google Sky
- Find Webpage Fonts
- Google Gravity
- Let Me Google That for You
- But Where is Chuck Norris?
- Google Space
- Google Sphere
1. The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything
This is a really one of the coolest Google Search Easter Eggs, especially for those who read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. In his book he wrote that “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.” A lot of fans tried to decipher what was the secret meaning of the number, but Douglas Adams himself said: “The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base 13, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat on my desk, stared in to the garden and thought 42 will do. I typed it out. End of story.” Even though the author said the number was made up, millions of Hitchhiker’s fans still think of multiple secret motivations.
2. Baker’s Dozen
If you go to the search bar and look for “baker’s dozen”, you will see the number 13 on the calculator. A baker’s dozen, a long dozen or a devil’s dozen is 13 and this comes from the practice of medieval English bakers giving an extra loaf when selling a dozen. This represented an insurance against the items being lower than the statutory weight, or of lower than usual quality, which could cause the baker to be fined. The thirteen loaves where never called by the number and were described as a “baker’s dozen” because of the “unlucky 13”.
3. Bletchley Park
Look for “Bletchley Park” and on the search results page you will notice that Google’s Knowledge Panel will decode the name of Bletchley Park and will show it beneath the location on Google Maps. In the World War II, Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers and it housed the Government Code and Cypher School. According to Wikipedia, it regularly unveiled the secret communications of the Axis Powers, the most important German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers.
4. Conway’s Game of Life
This is also among the nice Google Search Easter Eggs. Simply Google for “Conway’s Game of Life”, and you will see a few small blue boxes that move through different patterns and spread over the page. According to Wikipedia, The Game of Life is a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway, in 1970. The “game” is a zero-player game, meaning that its evolution is determined by its initial state, requiring no further input. One interacts with the Game of Life by creating an initial configuration and observing how it evolves or, for advanced “players”, by creating patterns with particular properties.
5. Play Atari Breakout in Google Images
Do you want to kill boredom? Well, you’ve finally reached the right place. Go to Google and do an image search for ”Atari Breakout” and start playing. This will be a breeze for anybody who loves the “oldies but goldies” type of video games and it will certainly bring back some memories. You will be able to navigate the paddle by using your mouse or arrow keys on your keyboard in order to destroy all images.
Search for ”askew” and the search engine will tilt the screen for you. This is one of the display Easter eggs that Google has. Everything else still works as it should and if you look for anything else the search results page will go back to normal.
7. Flip a Coin
We have all flipped a coin in order to decide something with another person. The folks at Google seem to do this so much that they had to include a card with an animated coin flip. This time at least, you will know that it is a fair deal.
8. Fun Facts
Do you know when ears and nose stop growing? If you feel like you want to learn something new, go to the Google search bar and write down “fun facts” and be amazed.
9. Feeling Curious
This one is pretty similar to fun facts. If you like trivia questions or you get bored, this is really useful. Google “I’m feeling curious” and the search engine will show you a random question and an answer that will teach you something new every single day. If you click on Ask Another Question, this will never stop. Did you know that the olympic flag was first flown at the Antwerp games in 1920?
10. Roll a Die
This is one that Google made for all the gamblers out there. All you have to do is search ”roll a die” and the big G will roll a die for you, one out of six.
11. Play Solitaire
The history of the card game named Solitaire dates back to the mid-18th century. Solitaire gained different names along the time, but what really matters is that now you can simply Google ”solitaire” and you will be able to play the card classics Solitaire in any desktop browser in an instant.
12. Server Status 418. I’m a Teapot
You can easily access the page by clicking here. This is an easter egg which was designed for server and SEO geeks. The teapot page is a 418 response code, which was initially an April Fools Joke from 1998 that was not intended for implementation, even though Google did it anyway.
13. Tic Tac Toe or Terni Lapilli
It does not matter if you call it Tic Tac Toe or Terni Lapilli, as the ancient Romans used to call it, simply Google “tic tac toe” or even “terni lapilli” and discover a game you can play with the computer or with a friend. For a challenge we recommend the impossible difficulty.
You can go to the Google hompage and search for the word “spinner” and you will see an interactive spinning wheel appearing. You will also be able to choose numbers from 2 to 20.
15. Play Dreidel
Talking about games and easter eggs, you can type “play dreidel” in the search bar and enjoy. For those who do not know, dreidel is a Jewish variant of the teetotum, a gambling toy found in many European cultures. Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (He), ש (Shin), which together form the acronym for “נס גדול היה שם” (Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “a great miracle happened there”). It is great that it is now one of the Google games.
16. Once in a Blue Moon
This is one of the amazing Google easter eggs. If you search “once in a Blue Moon”, Google will guide you to the mathematical equation for the occurrence of a blue moon. The calculator will show the result of “once in a blue moon = 1.16699016 × 10-8 hertz”. Once in a blue moon is something that happens rarely.
17. The Number of Horns on a Unicorn
Similar to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy joke, look for “the number of horns on a unicorn” and the search engine will show you the calculator with the answer “1”.
18. Loneliest Number
Look for the “loneliest number” in the search box and the Google calculator will show you the answer “1”.
19. Search For “Anagram” Or “Define Anagram”
This is a must in the definitive list of easter eggs. Write “anagram” in the search box, Google will ask you “did you mean: nag a ram?”. For more fun you can type in “define anagram” and it will ask you again “did you mean: nerd fame again?”
20. Blink HTML
The easter egg hidden here is quite interesting. Type “blink html” or “<blink>” in the search box in order to activate it. You will notice that the words “blink” and “html” will actually blink on the SERP. You can see an animated GIF with this action:
21. Marquee HTML
Another interesting secret hidden withing your Google page can be seen when looking for “marquee html”. You will notice that the results count will slowly move from right to left on the page. Check it yourself and see.
22. Google Barrel Roll
Look for “do a barrel roll” and the SERP page will quickly execute a roll. The barrel roll is known as an airplane maneuver in which the pilot performs a 360 degree roll while flying forward at a consistent altitude. It seems like Google wanted to help people understand what this maneuver is by simply showing it.
It seems that Seinfeld fans will get a nice treat by typing “Festivus”: an undecorated aluminum Festivus pole. Festivus represents a parody and also a secular holiday that is celebrated on December 23. It represents an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season.
24. Google in 1998
For those who want to roll the years back and have a short reminder of how Google looked at the beginnings of time itself, search for “google in 1998” and you will get one of those classy SERP pages.
25. Is Google Down?
Quickly look for “is google down” and you will get the answer in an instant…or not?
26. Zerg Rush
Search “zerg rush” and fight to protect the results on the SERP! If you have ever played a Starcraft game you will know that a “zerg rush” is a tactic which implies gathering a low-level or poorly equipped group against an opposing group in the hope that big numbers will crush the adversary. The search will activate a simplified example of a zerg rush using an army of O’s. When you finish the game, the O’s will gather up in the form of “GG”, which all of the gamers out there will know that it means “good game”.
27. Search for Recursion
The recursion Google joke seems to be a classic. Look up for the word “recursion”, which means a repeated application of a recursive procedure, and the engine will ask you “did you mean: recursion?”. No matter how many times you click it, you will end up on the same page.
28. Sonic Easter Egg
This is a nice Easter egg for all the Sonic fans out there. Search “sonic the hedgehog” and you will see an animated .gif with Sonic waiting in the info card located on the right side of the SERP page.
29. Super Mario Bros
Write “Super Mario Bros” in the search bar and you will notice an animated .gif question mark box on the knowledge panel which is located on the right side of the screen.
Search “kerning” on Google and every time you will see the word “kerning” on the SERP page, you will notice that it has the spacing between the letters applied.
Ready for more of the Google Easter eggs games? Search “pac-man” and use the arrow keys to play the video game.
32. 3D Easter Egg
This is one of the amazing Google easter eggs. Click here and along with a mind blowing calculus you will see a spinning egg in 3D.
33. Bacon Number
This is another fun Google secret. Type “bacon number” followed by any actor’s name and you will get the bacon number. This represents the number of degrees of separation they have from actor Kevin Bacon, as defined by the game known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The numbers go from 1 to 6 because there is the theory of six degrees of separation which says that all living things and everything else in the world is six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.
34.Valentine’s Day Easter Egg
Do you feel the need of giving your heart to someone? Google made it easier than ever. You can click here and see an Easter egg that might work good for valentine’s day. And if it doesn’t work good for Valentine, at least you will impress the other with a complicated mathematical calculus.
During the Gay Pride Parades, users that search for keywords like “gay pride,” “marriage equality” and other LGBT rights terms will see a rainbow themed SERP. The colourful results will differ and sometimes even the Google logo will change, as a sign of support for the LGBT community.
36. Bubble Level
Simply search for “bubble level” on your smartphone and you will instantly have an interactive leveler on your mobile phone.
37. Pirate Language
If you want to check out Google’s pirate interface go to the language setting and you will be feeling lucky sailing the web with Google’s pirate language in no time. Good luck with your searrrrrch!
38. Loch Ness Monster
It is time for a Google Maps Easter Egg. After intensive searches and a lot of really hard work, our team here at cognitiveSEO has finally found the Loch Ness Monster. All you have to do is to search for “Loch Ness” and you will see the Google Maps Pegman button change in the bottom right corner.
39. Google Mars
If you got tired of Google Earth and you want to take a short trip to Mars, it is now easier than ever and you can even take a Google street view. The folks from Google declared not long before April Fools Day:
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is committed to meeting our customers needs—no matter where they are. Amidst our growing list of new regions, today we’re pleased to announce our expansion to Mars. In addition to supporting some of the most demanding disaster recovery and data sovereignty needs of our Earth-based customers, we’re looking to the future cloud infrastructure needed for the exploration and ultimate colonization of the Red Planet. Our first interplanetary data center—affectionately nicknamed “Ziggy Stardust”—will open in 2018. Our Mars exploration started as a 20% project with the Google Planets team, which mapped Mars and other bodies in space and found a suitable location in Gale Crater, near the landing site of NASA’s Curiosity rover.
40. Google Moon
Are you curious about the Apollo missions? Do you want to have a closer look at the moon? You can now easily do this with the aid of Google by following this link.
41. Dinosaur Game
Some of you Google Chrome users might already know about the dinosaur game. Every time your internet connection falls down you will be able to press the space bar and the arrow keys to play it.
42. What Sound Does a Dog make?
It does not apply only to dogs, but all you have to do is search for “what sound does a dog make” and you will be able to hear it and even choose multiple animals.
This is a really useful secret feature for musicians. Anytime you want your instrument just look for “metronome” and you will have one in a heartbeat.
44. Nutrition Info
You can quickly do a google search of “nutrition…” and add any food and find out all the details you need to take care of health.
Whether you want to quickly convert Euro to USD or kilograms to pounds, you can quickly search it and find out the result.
46. The Funniest Joke in the World
This is a small Google hacker result. Look for “Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput! to English” and see what Google Translate has to say. If you are curious about the german phrase, you need to know that it’s often referred to as “The Funniest Joke in the World” .This is the title most frequently used for written references to a Monty Python’s Flying Circus comedy sketch.
Let’s say that you easily want to keep track of time and you want a handy tool in your web browser. There is a hidden timer directly in Google’s Search.
48. Lego Lovers Build with Chrome
This is something that Lego lovers will certainly spend lots of time with. You get a Google Earth view with this website and you get to build what you want where you want. Go to the website and enjoy it!
49. Spelling Numbers
If you ever have trouble with spelling or reading a big number in english, you can ask the big G to help you out. All you have to do it look for “number=english”
50. Explore Space with Google Sky
Did you get bored of the Google Earth flight simulator? Go to this page and enjoy your space voyage.
51. Find Webpage Fonts
If you are in need of finding a really nice font for something you can go to Google.com/fonts and see what fits you. What is the cool thing is that you can compare fonts based on the exact phrase that interest you.
Third-Party Easter Eggs
52. Google Gravity
This lets you feel the power of gravity while searching for a Google result. Check it yourself by clicking here.
53. Let Me Google That for You
A really cool trick, you can see what it does by clicking here. It basically shows you how to search for something on the web and it can be really useful for those friends of ours who ask a lot of questions. But what we really found interesting and fun is that Google also had some fun regarding the subject. Search for “let me google that for you” and see what the knowledge box says. We have surely amused ourselves by reading the Q&As.
54. But Where is Chuck Norris?
For those who love Chuck Norris jokes, you can click here.
55. Google Space
This website shows you how Google would look like if it were in the zero gravity mode. You can check it out yourself.
56. Google Sphere
Another Mr. Doob experiment, this shows you Google in the form of a sphere.
It can be difficult to notice the difference between regular Easter eggs, a very well hidden in-joke and other special features that work on particular events such as Easter or Christmas holidays. From in-browser games, to hidden jokes and features, inspired by the season, we have decided to start a hunt and post the most complete Google Easter Eggs list that you can find out there. Google is highly dynamic and it’s hard to create a definitive list of Google Easter Eggs. Features hidden within your Google browser will keep on popping out as the big G’s engineers try to maintain a sense of humor through surprises like these.
Considering all the in-jokes, in-browser video games and the hidden features that we have found, we believe that our quest ended here and we believe that this is the list with most of the interesting eggs out there. Have you found any other Google Easter egg? Let us know!