5 Google Easter Eggs You Didn’t Know Existed

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Internet with a sense of humor! Check out these fun features provided by Google.
With the start of the Easter weekend, we wanted to celebrate the holidays by taking a look at one of the fun aspects of technology: Easter Eggs.
Easter Eggs refer to an intentional inside joke, hidden message or feature that can be found in many forms of technology and entertainment.  From computer hardware and software programs to video games and movies, Easter Eggs provide a hidden surprise that savvy users can find and experience.
Google is notable for instigating a large variety of Easter Eggs into their applications, programs, and Internet portal.
Here’s a look at 5 Google Easter Eggs currently available for users to explore:
 

Google Search – “Tic Tac Toe”

Users who search “tic tac toe” will have access to an interactive version of the game that you can play against the computer.  Users are able to select the “X” or “O” option with the computer choosing the alternative and adjust the difficulty of the game to Easy, Medium, or Impossible.
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There is also a “Play against a friend” option that allows 2 users to play a game by alternating turns with the mouse.
 

Google Maps – Pegman Character

Users familiar with Google Maps are aware that “Street View” is available for a 360 degree view of specified areas and surroundings.
What some people don’t know is that the yellow drag-and-drop Pegman used for Street View changes in specific locations.
For example, when viewing Hawaii and Florida in Google Maps, the Pegman icon will turn into a mermaid when placed near bodies of water.
 
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Other notable examples include a UFO at Area 51, the Loch Ness Monster at Loch Ness, United Kingdom, and The Queen of England at Buckingham Palace.
 
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Google Search – “The Answer to {the ultimate question of} life the and universe and everything”

If you type this question into Google’s search engine the answer returned will be “42” which is a direct reference to Douglas Adam’s famed novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  According to Adams, while 42 is the answer to life’s ultimate questions, no one knows what the question is.
 
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Google Search – “Sonic the Hedgehog”

Typing “sonic the hedgehog” into Google will bring up a knowledge graph on the right hand side of the page.  Within this knowledge graph, there is a digital Sonic that users can click on to make him move and jump.
 
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If a user clicks on the image 25 times in a row, Sonic will transform into Super Sonic.
 
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Google Search – Google in 1998

A blast from the past!  Typing “Google in 1998” into the search bar will provide the user with Google’s old 1998 search engine.
 
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Users are not able to search in this old menu however.  If you try to type something into the search bar you will be rerouted to the current Google page.
 
The Internet is a vast and interesting place providing all sorts of content.  Easter Eggs inject some humour and fun into the everyday mix and provides a way for companies and designers to showcase their talent and put a mark on their work.
What other Easter Eggs have you come across?
 
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications.  Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
© 2017 by Triella Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction with credit is permitted.
 

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