The Great HubNuggets Easter Egg Hunt

"Easter Egg" [noun] a bonus or extra feature hidden inside a website, computer game, or DVD, that is only revealed after repeated or lengthy viewing or playing - from Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Easter was only weeks away, and preparations for the first, annual HubNuggets Easter Egg hunt were in full swing. It would be an affair to rival the prestigious, White House Easter Egg hunt. Heads of State from across HubPages would be attending, along with hundreds of Hubbers, all eager to fill their Easter in-baskets with inventive, and cleverly hidden Easter Eggs. Soon, these intrepid egg hunters would be flexing their fingers, honing their mousing skills and sharpening up their detective's intuition, hoping to be the first to find the prize Easter Eggs.

Image by RedElf, photo from chicagofree.info
Image by RedElf, photo from chicagofree.info
Maddie Ruud
Maddie Ruud
Simone Smith
Simone Smith

Jason and Maddie were busy compiling a list of HubPages Who's Who - writers of every description and literary bent, from poets, travel authors, and photographers, to philosophers, political gurus, and humorists, and of course, everyone else in between. Everyone would be invited to participate in the hunt for hidden goodies.

Simone and Fawntia had been working for days, seeking the best places to hide special Easter Eggs around HubPages for clever hubbers to find and enjoy.

...and what better bonus/surprise than a bunch of HubNuggets Wannabe hubs!

Retreat Treats, from flikr.com
Retreat Treats, from flikr.com
KoffeeKlatch Gals
KoffeeKlatch Gals
ladyjane1
ladyjane1

The Best Laid Plans...

We quickly realized there was one tiny flaw in our perfectly planned Easter Egg hunt...

Instead of waiting to hide the HubNuggets picks for Easter week, Simone and Fawntia had hidden this weeks' batch of HubNugget wannabe hubs - all eighteen of them.

Then, with everything safely stashed away, our intrepid duo departed for a well-deserved, three day HubPages Serenity & Cookie Baking Retreat in the remote Sierra Madres.

With over a week left before the Easter Egg hunt was scheduled, or any guests would arrive, and this week's contest to salvage, the whole team knew we had to get cracking.

KoffeeKlatch Gals and ladyjane1 were off, scouting around HubPages for places that our ever-so-clever staffers might have hidden the list of nominees. They searched through vintage car aficionado hubs and auto review hubs, hoping to find some clue.

The girls began clicking everything in sight - except ads, of course - hoping to trigger an Easter Egg. They were almost ready to give up when Gals clicked a tiny "About Autos" tab for the umpteenth time, setting off a barrage of Flash fireworks - there, among the sparkles, were six HubNuggets nominees!

Which one of this week's Autos nominees is your favorite?

  • 21% The Volkswagen Beetle: The Car Full Of Fun
  • 13% Scooter Or E-Bike - Gasoline Or Electric - A Comparison To Help You Decide
  • 18% Effects the Automobile has on Society and Changes in Cars Made by Generation
  • 39% Advice for Shopping the Used Car Lot
  • 2% Car Leasing: Why It’s Not So Attractive Anymore
  • 7% Selecting The Right New Car
56 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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Image by RedElf, photo from modmyi.com
Enelle Lamb
Enelle Lamb
Patty Inglish, MS
Patty Inglish, MS

Google Easter Eggs

Enelle Lamb and Patty Inglish, MS made a dash for their search engines, their flying fingers tapping in every term they could think of, trying to find some hint of HubNugget nominees.

They uncovered several amusing Google Easter eggs, and brought back video on them. Patty was particularly fond of Klingon Google. As the only team member who could read the page, she was able to quickly translate their search results, but still found no trace of the elusive nominees.

Enelle's sharp eyes scanned back and forth over the HubPages home page. Suddenly, her attention was caught by a tiny text link that read "Financial" at the bottom of the page. Clicking the link led to a page of definitions of finances. The links there led to more definitions, each one referencing a further definition, each of which led right back to the HubPages home page!

Undaunted, she tried again.Then Patty tried, with the same results.

After their fourteenth or fifteenth trip around the annoying loop, Patty and Enelle were growing discouraged, but decided to give the little "Financial" link one more click.

They stared, amazed, as everything - text, graphics, images, and all - slowly slid down the page, giving new meaning to the phrase "cascading style-sheet" ...and revealing a list of six HubNuggets nominees.

Which one of this week's Personal Finance nominees is your favorite?

  • 0% How to Handle Student Loans
  • 14% Steal My Identity--Please!
  • 5% Money Saving Websites US
  • 47% Credit Cards - Are they really worth their weight in gold?
  • 7% Umemployment Rate in Florida Is Now 12%
  • 28% Bike Commuting: Save Money on Gas, Lose Weight, and Reduce Stress
43 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Image by RedElf, photo from modmyi.com
Image by RedElf, photo from modmyi.com
Another kind of Easter Egg
Another kind of Easter Egg

Ripplemaker and RedElf were having no luck at all in their search. Trying to backtrack ripplemaker's emails of notification to the lucky nominees, they discovered all the IP addresses had been replaced by tiny, colored eggs.

Worse, every time they typed in a nominee's profile on the HubPages site and clicked "Enter," their CD/DVD drive pelted them with showers of chocolate-coated jelly beans!

Never one to turn down chocolate, RedElf was happily cleaning jelly beans off the keyboard, when the computer burped and expelled a large, beautifully decorated, chocolate Easter egg.

Ripplemaker shrugged philosophically, breaking off a piece of icing, and nibbling it delicately. As if on cue, the rest of the beautiful egg disintegrated, leaving nothing but a few yellow feathers and a handful of duck-shaped confetti.

The startled pair examined the tiny, paper ducks - each had a letter printed on it. Several hours later, as they finally got all their ducks in a row, RedElf and ripplemaker realized they had uncovered the last list of missing HubNuggets nominees.

Which one of this week's Home nominees is your favorite?

  • 25% Hibiscus: Tropical Gems of the Garden
  • 20% How to be a Good Host - Make People Feel Welcome
  • 7% Humming Birds in My Yard
  • 20% Not all travel trailers have to ... travel. How I made an RV into my summer home.
  • 7% Re-Greening Earth
  • 23% Urbanomics a New Paradigm, City Living in a New Century
61 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Image by RedElf, photo from modmyi.com
Image by RedElf, photo from modmyi.com
Image by RedElf, original photo from good-times.webshots.com
Image by RedElf, original photo from good-times.webshots.com

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Epilogue...

After we all enjoyed reading and voting for this week's crop of wonderful HubNuggets Wannabes' hubs, relieved we wouldn't have to call Simone and Fawntia back from their retreat, we decided to take an after-voting stroll along the beach.

Maddie glanced up, basking in the beautiful spring evening. Across the rolling sands, she could just make out two figures carrying brimming Easter baskets, and skipping lightly, hand in hand, towards the setting sun.

"Isn't that Empress Bee?" asked ladyjane1. "...but who's that with her?"

Before Maddie could answer, a brightly colored egg fell from one of the couple's Easter baskets, and rolled across the sand to land at the girls' feet. As Maddie bent to retrieve it, the egg cracked open, revealing slip of paper curled inside.

The rest of the team gathered round while she uncoiled the paper. "This is one of my favorites," she read. "Go to Google, type in 'search chuck norris' and press "I'm Feeling Lucky' - Hoppy Easter! B.T."

Happy laughter floated back to us, but as we looked up, the dancing figures vanished from view.

"...Hoppy Easter, B.T.and Miss Bee..."

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24 comments

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Klingon Google is so advanced with its Realtime feature. Not like Earther Google-Gaggle.

Today is a good day to Vote!


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

Very nice hubs! Good work, plus nice presentation!!


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Lovely way to present some really great hubnuggets! The Volks one really took me back. In my college days, that what everyone was driving!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hoppy Friday, Patty Inglish! ghaj [a] Dun jaj


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Maita, thanks so much for stopping by to help promote our new writers! Glad you enjoyed the hub :D

Paradixe7, so pleased the hubs brought back some memories for you - flower-covered VW buses heading for San Fran :D:D:D


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Oh, silly us! Fawntia and I sure did have fun at the three day HubPages Serenity & Cookie Baking Retreat in the Sierra Madres though. Divine! Besides... we knew you'd find all the nominees in the end!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

RedElf, what wonderfrul fun. Once agin we saved the hubnugget nominee hubs. Voted, it wasn't easy but I managed.

Hope everyone gets out there and votes.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

All is forgiven, Simone, especially after you and Fawntia shared the wonderful cookies that you brought back from the retreat. :D:D:D

Glad you had fun, Gal! We're lucky you and lj have such a flair for vintage autos :D:D:D

Read and Vote everyone!


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

RedElf, I was laughing out loud with our latest adventure! And you were right about the chocolate, we both couldn't resist it. LOL Great selection of hubs. On my way to the last batch. Thumbs up! Happy Easter and hubnuggeting! :)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

ripplemaker, I'm still finding jelly beans on my desk :D:D:D ...but we had great fun lining up all those ducks!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

If I had had to go around in that loop one more time I think I would have spun like a top for a week! Great hub - read, voted and voted up :D


RedElf profile image

RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thank goodness for that - we don't need any more loopy kitties :D Thanks so much, Enelle, and congrats to all the nominees!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Are you saying you're loopy LOL...that's more my area of expertise :P just kidding! Great hub - had to read it again!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

:D:D:D Thanks so much, Enelle!

Some super nominees again this week!


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

What a great hub to welcome Easter! My personal congratulations to Sir Don Balderas!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks, earthbound1974! Glad you stopped by to read and vote! Congrats to Don and all the nominees!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Could you not just have one title three times in each group. I will then click on one. lol. It is so hard and I was perspiring blood till I came to a decision.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Friend Hh, such a good idea - cut down the choices :D:D:D We have been getting so much feedback that it's hard for people to choose a favorite! :D:D:D


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!!


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR NOMINATING MY HUB. IT'S AN HONOR WRITING FOR HUBPAGES. I HOPE I CAN PUBLISH MORE, LEARN MORE, AND GROW MORE.


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PK2010 5 years ago from United Kingdom

On behalf of all the nominees and winners I say a big thanks for giving us this opportunity and also to the hub community for voting for us :-)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

You are most welcome, Don. We hope you do well here too! You are certainly off to a good start.

PK2010, congratulations to you, too. It's always a pleasure to give a boost to talented new writers!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Fun hub! Hope the Easter Bunny was good to you - pretty eggs and tasty candy!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Sally! The Easter bunny wisely does not stop here, but he left yummy chocolate eggs all over the keyboards and the choir benches at church :D:D:D

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