Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Funny: Google and Youtube Easter Eggs

 It is not Easter, but today I thought sharing some interesting "Easter eggs" from Google and Youtube. An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword.


  • The Calculator accepts many humorous units of measurement, including the Beard-second (5 nm), Potrzebie (2.2633 mm), Smoot (5 ft, 7 inches), ngogn (11.5938151 ml), blintz (36.4253863 g), donkeypower (250.033167 W); and the prefixes hella- (10^27), furshlugginer- (10^6), etc.
  • The Calculator recognizes a number of strings as numbers. They can be entered by themselves or used in expressions. They must be entered without quotation marks. When used in an expression, the phrases must be entered in lowercase. In addition to mathematical and scientific constants like pi, e and Avogadro's number the Calculator also accepts:
  • "the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything" equals 42 as does "the answer to life, the universe, and everything", a reference to Douglas Adams's novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The same reference is made when speaking to an artificial intelligence named Meliza next to "the face on Mars" in Google Earth. When the number 42 is typed, the AI produces the output "42 is the answer to the ultimate question about life, the universe, and everything."
  • "the loneliest number" equals "1", a reference to the song by Harry Nilsson.
  • "the number of horns on a unicorn" "1".
  • "once in a blue moon" equals "1.16699016 × 10−8 hertz".
  • "a bakers dozen" equals "13".
  • When searching, if you hit the TAB key repeatedly, when the highlighter hits where the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, the button will appear to scroll down, and will land on a random Google aspect, such as Google Images. Hitting enter will cause Google to search your query in that aspect.
  • Searching for "atari breakout" in Google Images will bring up the standard results of images relating to that term. The images then automatically shrink and colorize to resemble the squares in the Atari video game Breakout. A 'paddle' and bouncing ball appear and one can then play the game on the screen. If one completes this level it will automatically search a random search result e.g. Pea Soup and Breakout could be played on that search result.
  • Searching for "anagram" shows "Did you mean: nag a ram" in the English version, "Essayez avec cette orthographe : gare maman" in the French version and "Menade du: "magarna" in the Swedish version, "Meinten Sie: Mama Rang" in the German version, "Forse cercavi: arma magna" in the Italian version, "Возможно, вы имели в виду: мама ранг а" in the Russian version, "האם התכוונת ל: גן מראה" in the Hebrew version ("אנגרמה"), in the Dutch version "Bedoelde u: ma graan", in the Spanish version "gama rana".
  • Searching for "define anagram" shows "Did you mean: nerd fame again".
  • Searching for "do a barrel roll" or "Z or R twice" will rotate the results page a full 360 degrees. This is a reference to the Nintendo video game Star Fox 64 for the Nintendo 64 console.
  • Searching for "recursion" shows "Did you mean: "recursion", which allows you to recursively run searches for recursion.
  • Searching for "Jason Isaacs" with Google UK shows "Hello to Jason Isaacs", a reference to Kermode and Mayo's Film Reviews which greets Jason Isaacs with a 'hello' every week
  • Searching for "tilt" or "askew" using a browser with support for css3 transform, makes the page 'lean' to the right a bit. Searching for anything else puts it right back.
  • Searching for "festivus" displays an unadorned aluminum pole running down the side of the list of the search results in recognition of the secular holiday Festivus. And before the number of search result it displays "A festivus miracle!" . Launched December 10, 2012.
  • Searching for "kerning" or "keming" changes the letter-spacing of the word "kerning" or "keming", respectively.
  • Searching for "binary" changes the number of found results to read out in binary, unless personal results are found. This also works with other number systems such as "hexadecimal"and "octal".
  • Searching for "zerg rush" returns a search page with 'O's eating the search results. Clicking each 'O' three times kills it. This is a reference to an early attack known as a 'zergling rush' in the Blizzard game Starcraft. After the inevitable destruction of all links, the 'O's form the letters GG in reference to the standard end of game formality and means "good game".
  • Searching for "conway's game of life" returns a search page with Conway's Game of Life running behind the results along with a set of controls to play, pause, maximize/restore, and step. Given enough time, the squares will start to form the word "Google" on the right side.
  • Searching for "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood" (Note:this only works when searching by voice) takes you to the search results, but the voice used in Google Translate will say: a woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. Many other things will be read out if you search by voice. Most the time though, it will simply be the Wikipedia description.
  • Searching for "What is your favorite color" (Note: This only works when searching by voice) will cause a voice to tell you "It's hard to pick just one"
  •  Holding down the left and up arrow while pausing or watching a video caused a game of Snake to launch. This could also be done by pressing the right arrow instead of the left one. This was actually a result of two steps; pressing the up arrow while a video is loading launches the game, while pressing the left arrow forces the video to rewind and load momentarily, thus allowing the game to launch. Since the 2013 update, this no longer works.
  • A 500 Internal server error will cause this message to appear: "Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation. Please report this incident to customer service. Also, please include the following information in your report:" followed by an error report encoded in Base64.
  • Adding "&wadsworth=1" to a video URL will apply Wadsworth's constant, skipping the first 30% of the video.
  • If a user attempts to click their own "Subscribe" button, a mouseover will appear stating "No need to subscribe to yourself!". This feature no longer functions
  • Putting in the search box "do the harlem shake" will cause the page to do the Harlem Shake. It can be muted and paused.
  • On April 15, 2013, in ocasion of the VHS 57th anniversary, YouTube added a tape mode button in the video player. When pushed the button, the video will take a degraded videotape look. Tape mode is still available, adding "&vhs=1" at the end of the video URL.
  • At the beginning of the robots.txt file, "robots.txt file for YouTube Created in the distant future (the year 2000) after the robotic uprising of the mid 90's which wiped out all humans." is commented out. This might be a reference to the Flight of the Conchords song Robots (also known as "Humans are Dead").

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