Google is known for its search engine, but did you know it also has a fun and quirky side? The internet is rich in Google Easter eggs scattered not only in their search engine but in other services of the tech giant.
So buckle up because we’re about to go on a wild ride through the fun and fantastical world of Google Easter eggs.
What are Google Easter Eggs?
Google Easter eggs are the hidden gems that Google has sprinkled throughout its search results and services. They are little surprises that the tech giant has put in place to tickle the funny bone of its users and add a touch of humor to the otherwise mundane search experience.
Some of these Easter eggs can be discovered by typing specific phrases into the Google search bar, while others can be found in Google’s other products, such as Google Maps or Google Assistant.
Think of Google Easter eggs as the digital equivalent of the Easter eggs you hunt for in your grandma’s backyard. But instead of searching for chocolate, you’ll search for amusing animations, interactive games, and jokes.
History of Google Easter Eggs
Google Easter eggs have been around since the early days of Google search. The tech giant started releasing these Easter eggs in 2000 to its services, such as YouTube, Google Search, and Android.
It started with the classic answer to the “google in 1998” search query.
Back then, Google’s minimalist search page was like a blank canvas, waiting for a splash of color. And this is precisely what the first Google Easter eggs provided—a touch of humor and personality to an otherwise straightforward search experience.
From there, Google’s Easter eggs have only gotten more elaborate and entertaining.
Google Easter Eggs 2023
Here’s a list of some of the most popular and exciting Google Easter eggs this 2023 that you can try out for yourself.
1. Last of Us
The Last of Us is a hit 2013 zombie apocalypse video game that was made into a drama television series in 2023. If you type “last of us” in the Google search bar, you will see a mushroom icon at the bottom of the page.
When you click on it, an animation of cordyceps will appear on the screen. Pressing the icon multiple times will increase the number of fungi. It also has a share button next to it.
2. New Year’s Eve 2023
This Easter Egg was released as part of the New Year’s countdown. Unfortunately, it was only available a few days before 2022 ended.
To find this Easter Egg, type in “new year’s eve” on the Google search. After entering the keyword, your screen will be filled with animated confetti. If you want to watch the animation again, simply click on the popper icon at the top of the search results.
Meteorites are pretty fascinating to watch, but only if they are small enough and do not threaten the planet Earth. If you type in “meteorite” in the Google search bar, you will see a meteorite animation as it blitzes its way to the bottom of the screen.
The web page will shake when it makes contact with the bottom of the screen. You can also use other terms, such as “chicxulub,” which is said to be the meteor that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
4. Year of the Rabbit Doodle
According to Chinese traditions, 2023 is the year of the rabbit. January 22 marked the Lunar New Year, and Google released a doodle to commemorate the event.
5. Valentine’s Day Doodle
Google released a simple yet touching doodle on February 14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The theme for this year revolves around the love that exists in all seasons. This doodle also has the caption “Rain or shine, will you be mine?” when it was released.
Classic Google Easter Eggs
Google is a playground of fun and delight. Its collection of Easter eggs can put a smile on your face and make you forget about all your worries for a moment.
However, some of the Easter eggs they released in the past aren’t available or functioning as they used to be on the search engine. Fortunately, you can access the site www.elgoog.im to see the most unforgettable Easter eggs.
The site also has a few unofficial Google Easter eggs, just for extra fun. Here are some of them:
1. Do a Barrel Roll
When you type “do a barrel roll” into Google, the search results page will do a 360-degree flip, just like an airplane performing a barrel roll. It’s a fun and simple trick that will make you feel like a pilot performing daring aerobatic stunts.
2. Tilt or Askew
If you’re feeling a bit off-kilter, you can tilt the entire Google search page by typing “tilt” or “askew” into the search bar. The page will lean to one side, giving you a new perspective on your search results. It’s a fun way to add quirkiness to your Google experience.
3. Zerg Rush
Are you ready for an all-out attack on your search results? If so, type “zerg rush” into the search bar and prepare to defend yourself against a horde of red “o”s that will swarm and obliterate your search results. It’s a fun and silly way to play a mini-game on Google, and it’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Defend your search results from the relentless Zergs like your life depends on it!
4. Atari Breakout
Feeling nostalgic for the classic arcade games of the 80s? Type “atari breakout” into Google Images and get ready to play a game of Breakout on your browser!
It’s a fun way to take a break from your search results and relive the glory days of arcade gaming. So, grab your virtual paddle and get ready to break some blocks in this classic game of Atari Breakout.
5. Google Gravity
Are you ready to see the world’s weight come crashing down? Type “Google Gravity” into the search bar and watch as the search results and other page elements fall to the bottom of the screen as if affected by gravity. It’s a fun and silly trick that will make you feel like you’re defying the laws of physics.
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Ready to gobble up some dots and avoid ghosts? Type “pac-man” into Google and play a classic game of Pac-Man right on your browser. It’s a fun way to take a break from your search results and relive the golden age of arcade gaming. So, grab your virtual joystick and get ready to play some Pac-Man!
As you know, Solitaire is a classic game that’s been around for centuries, and Google has given it a digital twist. When feeling a little peckish for some solitaire, type “solitaire” into Google, and voila! You’ll be transported to a virtual world where you can play to your heart’s content.
8. Google Mirror
If you’re looking for a good laugh, look no further than Google Mirror. Type “google mirror” into the search bar, and you’ll be taken to a site where everything is flipped upside down. It’s a silly and entertaining way to spend a few minutes and a great way to get a different perspective on the world.
9. What Does the Fox Say?
Remember Ylvis’ viral hit, “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say),” in 2013? Google has a fun little Easter egg that lets you find exactly what the fox says. Say “What Does the Fox Say?” into Google’s voice search. You’ll be treated to a humorous reply.
10. Beam Me Up, Scotty
Star Trek fans, this one’s for you. Say “Beam me up, Scotty” into Google’s voice search, and you’ll be transported to the bridge of the USS Enterprise, complete with flashing lights and beeping buttons. Or so we wish. Instead, the Google Assistant will say, “Ok, energize. Did it work?”
11. Google Doodles
Google Doodles are special versions of the Google logo that celebrate important events and figures in history. They range from simple illustrations to fully-fledged games, and they’re a great way to learn a little bit about the world while having fun.
To find the latest Google Doodle, go to the Google homepage and see what’s up. You can also access Google Doodles, even if you use a Private Window. Here’s a guide on how to turn off private browsing for Google.
12. Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
The “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game is a popular pastime among movie buffs, where players try to connect any actor to Kevin Bacon in six steps or fewer. Google has taken this game to the next level with its Easter egg. Simply type “Bacon number” followed by the name of any actor, and you’ll get the actor’s Bacon number in seconds.
13. Blink HTML
For web developers, this Google Easter egg is a real treat. Type “Blink HTML” into the search engine, and you’ll be greeted with a flashing, animated text that reads, “Hello, I blink!” This Easter egg is a playful nod to the Blink tag, a deprecated HTML tag that was once used to create flashing text on websites.
14. Fidget Spinner
A few years ago, the Fidget Spinner became a wildly popular trend. And what better way to get in on the craze than by adding a digital version to Google? Type “spinner” into Google, and you can spin a virtual fidget spinner. It’s the perfect way to take a break from your work and have some mindless fun.
15. Error 418 (I’m a Teapot)
Error codes are usually not the most exciting, but Google makes even the most mundane things fun. Type “http://http.cat/418” into your browser, and you’ll be greeted with a picture of a cat in a teapot.
This error code, known as Error 418, was created as an April Fools’ joke and has since become a popular Google Easter egg. The error code indicates that the server you’re trying to reach cannot fulfill your request.
16. What Sound Does an Animal Make?
This Google Easter egg is a hit with kids and animal lovers. Simply type the name of an animal followed by “sound” into your Google search engine, and you’ll be treated to the animal’s distinctive call. This Easter egg is a fun way to learn about the sounds different animals make.
Music enthusiasts will love this Google Easter egg. Type “metronome” into Google, and you’ll be able to use the search engine as a virtual metronome. It’s a handy tool for any musician, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. In addition, you won’t have to carry around a bulky metronome anymore—your phone is enough.
18. Bubble Level
We’ve all been there—hanging a picture and struggling to get it just right. Well, Google has a solution for that. Type “bubble level” into Google, and you’ll be able to use your computer or phone as a virtual bubble level. It’s like having a handyman in your pocket, so get ready to work on your home improvement projects!
19. Random Number Generator
When you can’t decide, let Google’s random number generator help. Simply type “random number generator” into Google, and voila! You now have a tool to assist in your decision-making process. The random number generator has you covered, whether you’re trying to decide what to have for dinner or which movie to watch.
20. Super Mario Bros
Google has added a classic video game to its range of Easter eggs. Type “Super Mario Bros” into Google, and you can relive the classic video game in your browser. Unfortunately, you can only click on the “coin brick.” But once you reach a certain score, you’ll get to listen to the Life Up sound clip.
21. Flip a Coin
Have you ever been in a situation where you can’t decide between two options? Enter Google’s virtual coin flip. Type “flip a coin” into Google and watch as the search engine decides your fate with a virtual coin flip. It’s a quick and easy way to settle disagreements or make tough decisions.
22. Roll a Die
Feeling lucky? Let Google’s virtual die be your guide. Type “roll a die” into Google and watch as the search engine rolls a virtual six-sided die. It’s fun to add excitement to your day or play a game of Dungeons and Dragons with friends. Who needs actual dice when you have Google’s virtual die?
Google’s take on anagrams is quite hilarious. For those who don’t know, an anagram is a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as cinema, formed from iceman. Type “anagram” into Google and watch as the search engine trolls you with a “Did you mean: nag a ram” message.
Have you ever heard of the phrase “infinite loop?” Google’s Easter egg, Recursion takes that phrase to a new level. Type “recursion” into Google and watch as the search engine enters an infinite loop of the word “recursion.” It’s a fun and quirky way to add a bit of existentialism to your day and make you question the meaning of life.
25. Heart Equation
Love is in the air with Google’s Heart Equation Easter Egg. Type “(sqrt(cos(x))*cos(400*x)+sqrt (abs(x))-0.4)*(4-x*x)^0.1” into Google and watch as the search engine displays a beautiful heart-shaped equation. It’s a fun way to add a touch of love and romance to your day, whether you’re searching for a little pick-me-up or to express your love to someone special.
26. Hanukkah / Christmas
Google knows how to spread holiday cheer. Type “Hanukkah” or “Christmas” into Google during the holiday season and watch as the search engine displays a festive logo. It’s a small gesture, but it adds a bit of holiday spirit to your day and brings a smile.
27. Sonic the Hedgehog
Get ready to rev up your engines and blast off with Sonic the Hedgehog! Type “Sonic” into Google and click on the blue “images” button. You’ll see an image of Sonic the Hedgehog, but when you click on him, he’ll take off running across your screen. It’s a fun and quirky way to take a break and bring a bit of nostalgia to your day.
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28. Tic Tac Toe
Feeling competitive? Then you’ll love Google’s virtual game of Tic Tac Toe. Type “tic tac toe” into Google and click on the first result. You’ll be taken to a virtual Tic Tac Toe game where you can play against the computer. It’s a fun way to take a break from your day and challenge yourself. Who needs an actual board when you have Google’s Tic Tac Toe game?
29. Dart Mission
Are you feeling adventurous? Then Google’s Dart Mission Easter egg is the perfect distraction for you. To start this virtual journey, simply type “dart mission” into Google search. You’ll be taken on a journey through a world filled with obstacles, twists, and turns as you guide your dart to its target.
30. Bat Signal
Calling all Batman fans! If you need a superhero to save the day, simply type “bat signal” into Google search. The bat signal will light up the night sky, and you’ll feel like the caped crusader himself. This Google Easter egg is a playful nod to one of the most iconic symbols in all of the superhero lore, and it’s sure to bring excitement and adventure to your day.
31. Cha Cha Slider
Feeling the need to let loose and dance the night away? Look no further than the Cha Cha Slider Easter egg. Simply type “cha cha slider” into Google search and get ready to hit the dance floor. This Easter egg takes you through a world filled with colorful lights, music, and rhythm as you guide your dancing avatar to the beat.
32. Bletchy Park Secret Code
Bletchley Park is a historic site in England that played a key role in cracking the German Enigma code during World War II. Google has a special Easter egg that pays homage to the codebreakers of Bletchley Park. If you type “Bletchley Park” into Google, you’ll be taken to a special page with a secret code to crack.
33. Text Adventure!!!
Text adventures were a popular computer game in the 1980s and 1990s. They were typically played on home computers and involved exploring virtual worlds and solving puzzles using text commands. Google has a fun Easter egg that lets you play a text adventure right on your browser. If you type “Text Adventure” in the search bar, you’ll be taken to a special page where you can play it.
34. The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything
The answer to life, the universe, and everything is a popular reference to Douglas Adams’ book, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
In the book, a supercomputer called Deep Thought calculates the answer to the said question. If you type the question “what is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?” into Google, it arrives at the same answer of 42.
35. War in Ba Sing Se
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” is a beloved animated series that originally aired on Nickelodeon. In the show, Ba Sing Se is a massive, impregnable city serving as the Earth Kingdom’s capital. If you type “war in ba sing se” into Google, the results page will correct you with “Did you mean: THERE IS NO War in Ba Sing Se.”
36. Fun Facts
Google has a fun Easter egg that lets you discover random fun facts. If you type “fun facts” into the search bar, you’ll be taken to a special page with a random fun fact. It’s a great way to learn something new and have a little fun simultaneously.
The dreidel is a four-sided spinning top used in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Google has a fun Easter egg that lets you play with a virtual dreidel. If you type “dreidel” into Google, you’ll be taken to a special page where you can spin a virtual dreidel. It’s a fun and interactive way to celebrate Hanukkah and learn about this traditional toy.
38. Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
“Wubba Lubba Dub Dub” is a catchphrase by Rick Sanchez, the eccentric scientist from the popular animated series “Rick and Morty.” You’ll see the phrase spelled out in Google’s distinctive logo font if you type the iconic catchphrase into Google. It’s a fun way to show your love for the show and its quirky characters.
Minesweeper is a classic computer game where players must navigate a minefield and clear all the mines without detonating them. Google has a fun Easter egg that lets you play Minesweeper in your browser. If you type “minesweeper” into Google, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can play Minesweeper. It’s a fun and nostalgic way to relive the days of classic computer gaming.
40. Spelling Out Numbers
Google is well known for its clever use of language and its ability to understand and interpret user queries. The company has a fun Easter egg that lets you spell out numbers. If you type “the number” plus “in words,” you see how it is spelled out.
41. Wizard of Oz
The “Wizard of Oz” is a classic American fairy tale that generations have loved. Google has a fun Easter egg that lets you follow the yellow brick road to the wizard. If you type “Wizard of Oz,” it will turn into a black-and-white page. This Easter egg was placed in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the beloved story.
42. 2015 Earth Day Quiz
Do you want to know what animal closely resembles your personality and traits? This Easter egg was made to celebrate Earth Day and will tell you about your spirit animal. Type “earth day quiz” in the search bar and answer a series of questions. It will publish the result at the end. We got a wooly mammoth!
Google has a fun Easter egg for fans of the classic TV show “Friends” as part of the latter’s 25th anniversary. Type the name of any of the main characters in the show, and you’ll get different results:
- Monica Geller- features her cleaning obsession
- Joey Tribbiani- highlights his love for pizza, hot dogs, and sandwiches
- Ross Geller- is remembered for his iconic “PIVOT!” moment
- Rachel Green- shows her hairstyle transformations
- Chandler Bing- features the show’s pet chick and duck
- Phoebe Buffay- highlights an animated “smelly cat” and the song
Easter Eggs in Google Products
Whether you’re a frequent user of Google’s products or a curious newcomer, these Easter eggs are a fun way to add some excitement to your daily online routine.
1. Google Chrome
This mini-game will pop up in your Chrome browser when your wifi or ethernet internet connectivity is down. The page will display an error page that shows a dinosaur. To play the game, simply hit the space bar for it to jump over the incoming obstacles. If you want to play it when you are connected to the internet, go to https://dino-chrome.com/en.
2. Google Maps
Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most fascinating mysteries in the world. Whether it exists or not remains up for debate. But did you know that you can find Nessie (as a pegman) in Google Maps? Simply type the “loch ness monster” in its search bar, and you can find her on the bottom right of the page.
Do aliens exist? It’s a question that has plagued humans for centuries. And while Google can’t give us an answer, it can give us a fun distraction. Type “Groom Lake, Nevada” or “Area 51” into the search bar and watch the pegman turn into a UFO.
3. Google Spreadsheet
Try this new feature in Google Sheets. Type the letters P, R, I, D, and E from the first to the fifth column. Once you do, the columns in the spreadsheet will be highlighted with various rainbow colors.
4. Google Assistant
Say “Up, up, down, down, left, left, right, right, B, A, start” to your Google Assistant, and it will congratulate you for destroying the vile Red Falcon. There’s also a funny sound clip at the end of a message.
Make Me a Sandwich
Say “make me a sandwich” to your Google Assistant, and it will respond with Poof! You’re a sandwich, which is in reference to one of Gordon Ramsay’s famous clips.
Sing a Song
Say “Sing Me a Song” to your Google Assistant, and it will play a fun and silly tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
Who Else Hides Easter Eggs?
While Google’s Easter eggs may be more well-known, it is not the only company hiding them. With the rise of the internet, other companies have also taken to hiding little treats for their users to find in the form of Easter eggs.
Here are some popular Easter eggs on other online platforms:
One of the most famous Facebook Easter eggs is the changing font color of specific words, such as “congrats” and “xoxo.” It’s a small touch, but it’s a fun way to inject a little humor into the otherwise serious business of social media.
Another famous Facebook Easter egg is the “Upside Down,” which changes the language settings on Facebook to “English (upside down),” inverting some of the text on the page.
About a decade ago, if you typed “do the Harlem Shake” into YouTube’s search bar, you’ll notice the YouTube logo would vibrate to the beat of this viral song. Unfortunately, this Easter egg isn’t active anymore.
However, there are still some Easter eggs that work. For example, when watching any video, type in “awesome,” and the progress bar will be transformed into a flash of different colors.
If you venture to the Wikipedia page for “Easter egg (media),” you’ll be in for a surprise. To the right of the definition lies an image with a caption that will lead you to an Easter egg of epic proportions… or not. If you click the hedgehog, there’s a caption that reads, “I am a hedgehog, not an Easter egg.”
Wikipedia also has a special blank page that was intentionally left without content.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Access Google Easter Eggs?
Accessing Google Easter eggs is easy. Simply type in a specific phrase or command within a Google product, such as Google Assistant or Google Translate, and see what happens. The specific phrases or commands required to trigger the Easter eggs can be found online or by trying out different phrases within the product.
Remember that some Easter eggs may be language-specific, so be sure to try them out in the language you are using.
Can I Create My Own Google Easter Eggs?
No, you cannot create your own Google Easter eggs. These Easter eggs are designed and added by Google to be fun and playful features within the company’s products. However, if you have a fun idea for a Google Easter egg, you can suggest it to the company and see if they will consider adding it.
How Many Google Easter Eggs are There?
The exact number of Google Easter eggs is unknown, as they are continually added and removed by the Google team. The examples mentioned in this article are just a tiny portion of the wide range of Easter eggs currently out there.
Google has a long history of hiding Easter eggs for its users, and these playful surprises add an extra layer of fun to our online experience. Although many of these Easter eggs may have been lost over the years, the ones that remain continue to delight and entertain us.
Which Google Easter Egg is your favorite?
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