Google’s homepage and search engine have numerous Easter eggs, which could lead to hours of fun or simply wasting time. In addition to playing a number of vintage arcade games, users can explore lesser-known Google subpages, trigger amusing search engine results, use a variety of useful tools, or even change Google’s interface to a fictional language.
Google Homepage Interface Language
In addition to a wide variety of real language choices, Google’s homepage offers several fictional languages under the search settings tab. Some of the more interesting choices include “Bork,” which is the language spoken by the Muppet Show‘s Swedish Chef, Elmer Fudd, Hacker/Leet, Klingon, Pirate, and Elmer Fudd.
A number of games, including Pac-Man, solitaire, and tic tac toe, can be accessed by simply searching for the game on Google’s homepage. As reported by Newsday, a search for Atari Breakout under Google images will launch a special version of the classic arcade game.
Searching for “zerg rush,” which is a term used in the game StarCraft, will prompt Google Os to fall from the top of the screen and erase the search results from top to bottom. Users can attempt to stop the O’s from falling by clicking them. However, once the screen is cleared, the red and yellow Os converge to form the letters “GG.”
A search for Sonic the Hedgehog will not launch a game. However, the search results page will include a knowledge graph and a clickable Sonic. Clicking on the hedgehog once will make him jump and spin. Clicking 25 times will turn him into “Super Sonic.”
Searching for Super Mario Brothers produces similar results — with a clickable question mark as opposed to Sonic. Each click gives the player one coin and 200 points. After the player has collected 100 coins, the game plays the “1up” sound effect.
As an homage to Nintendo’s Star Fox 64, searching for “do a barrel roll” or “Z or R twice” on Google’s homepage will trigger the search results screen to turn 360 degrees.
Google Search Easter Eggs
For other interesting and unusual results, try searching Google for some of the following terms:
- “Blink HTML”
- “Drag Queen”
- “Google in 1998”
- “Marquee HTML”
- “Webdriver Torso”
Google’s homepage also provides a number of embedded tools. To trigger them, users can simply type the name of the tool into the search bar. In addition to a “calculator,” Google provides a “random number generator,” a “roll a die” tool, a “flip a coin” tool, and a “spinner” — which is an interactive spinning wheel.
Under the search bar on the Google homepage, users can either choose “Google Search” or “I’m Feeling Lucky.”
google has an easter egg where if you google something relating to algorithm or programming, it prompts you to take a test. pic.twitter.com/s6afO9r4Oo
— faizul (@faizuljasmi) June 9, 2017
Instead of displaying a page of search results, the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button will direct users to a random web page pertaining to their search term. Pressing the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button without a search term in the box will open a page displaying the collection of Google Doodles.
As reported by Expert Reviews, Google also provides interesting and useful results when users search for “I’m feeling” along with any of the following terms:
Although they are not on the Google homepage, some lesser-known Google subpages are quite interesting and entertaining. One of the most interesting Google subpages is www.google.com/heart — which is described as “an old friend from Google’s past.”
That moment when you discover a Google easter egg on your own???????????? pic.twitter.com/VIMl2fJ7aF
— Matt LaTorre (@MrMattLaTorre) June 3, 2017
Google’s homepage is most often used to perform specific searches — which users generally have in mind before opening the page. However, the page is also a starting point for a vast number of entertaining Easter eggs and other fun “time wasters.”
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