Google Search Easter Eggs 2013

Since Google’s launch in the mid to late 90’s, it has grown to become the most popular search engine and website in the world. With a stable position at the top of the leaderboard, why not have some fun? So Google have implemented some cool hidden tricks (or ‘Easter Eggs‘) that you can call up with a simple command in the search box – here’s a list of known Google Search Easter Eggs.

Atari Breakout Google Easter EggSearching for “atari breakout” in Google Images will make the images shrink and a playable Google version of Atari’s ‘Breakout’ will appear on screen.

Searching for Anagram in Google Search will serve an anagram in the “Did you mean” box.

Searching for “define anagram” in Google Search shows “Did you mean: nerd fame again“.

Searching for “do a barrel roll” or “Z or R twice” in Google Search will rotate the page a full 360 degrees.

Searching for “recursion” in Google Search 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” will make the page lean to the right slightly.

Searching for “festivus” in Google Search places a large pole to the left of your search results.

Searching for “kerning” or “keming” in Google Search changes the letter-spacing of the word “kerning” or “keming”, respectively.

Searching for “binary” in Google Search changes the number of found results to read out in binary.

Zerg Rush Easter EggSearching for “zerg rush” in Google Search returns a search page with ‘O’s eating the search results. Clicking each ‘O’ three times kills it.

Searching for “conway’s game of life” in Google Search returns a search page with Conway’s Game of Life running behind the results along with a set of controls to play.

Searching “Bacon Number *name*” in Google Search displays the bacon number of a famous actor. Searching “Bacon number Kevin Bacon” gives a result of 0.

Searching for horror or halloween related terms in Google Search returns the result along with three bats on the upper right corner of the page which fly away as soon as the mouse cursor hovers over them.

Searching for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gay marriage, LGBT, LGBTQ, PFLAG, or GLAAD in Google Search will turn the search input field’s borders rainbow colored, which is the LGBT campaigns’ theme, presumably showing support for the communities.