Google is known for being a little playful and cheeky sometimes. After all, fun is a big part of the brand. But beneath the clean white home page of Google Search – the default screen for many of us – are some amusing hidden features. These are known as ‘Easter Eggs’.
Easter Eggs are kind of like a secret menu at a restaurant – they aren’t advertised, and many won’t ever know they exist.
Whether you are curious, bored, or looking to waste some time at work, here are some of the quirky secret features tucked away in Google.
Note – you need to use the Chrome browser for these to work. Some don’t work on mobile devices.
Searching Askew will display search results on a crooked angle. Searching anything else afterwards will bring everything back to the level.
Search metronome to prompt a handy little metronome that can keep a beat from 40 BPM all the way up to 208.
Search Google in 1998 and the page will appear as it did in its very early days.
Search anagram and Google will ask: Did you mean: nag a ram?
Search random number generator and Google will generate a random number between 1 and 10.
Search do a barrel roll and your screen will do a 360.
Search blink html and the word blink will blink anywhere on the screen.
Search is Google down and…
Search any actor’s name, followed by Bacon Number to reveal how many degrees of separation they are from actor Kevin Bacon, who somehow seems to sit at the centre of the universe.
Search for binary and the number of results found is displayed as a binary number, rather than the traditional decimal count.
So there you have it – some of Google’s built-in gimmicks.
On another note, here’s a look at the new Google Search interface for Android.
Do you know of any others? Please share them.
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