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Quirky Google: Hidden Secrets and Easter Eggs
The Google Search Engine has now been developed over a number of years. No doubt by now, there are have been thousands of programmers and developers involved in it's evolution and some have left their mark in surprising ways. Google has a number of little secret "outcomes", many of which are amusing, some pure "geek" and nearly all perfect for those of us that tend to procrastinate. I won't spoil any of the surprises or try to give too much away, I'll leave it to you to see the outcome!
If there are any of your favourites that I might of missed, please feel free to comment and share! Thanks!
Google Search Languages
Google's home page is perfect in it's simplicity but if you sometimes fancy a change from plain old "Vanilla" English, here are a few options. Either cut and paste the URL's below or type the full URL into your Browser address bar.
If you fancy your searches with a sprinkling of salt? Then why not try;
If you want to search for Wabbits, you could try;
Or if you want to boldly go?
There is no Network Connection
When you suddenly lose your internet connection and you are flipped to a blank page telling you that there is no internet connection and to try a few things (see below). You might wonder why there is a little retro cartoon dinosaur on the screen. Well press the "Spacebar" and see what happens.....a little game to reduce the stress and tension whilst waiting for your internet to come back up! Just keep pressing the spacebar at each obstacle!
Unexpected Search Results
Some searches within Google provide you with more than just a text explanation. Many of these have been around for a few years now but if you're not familiar, they are worth a quick go!
Try typing the following into the Google Search Box and see what happens (Note: You might need to try these in the primary Search page rather than using a quick search option, if it doesn't work first time)
do a barrell roll
Z or R twice
Answer to life the universe and everything
Binary (look at the number of search results!)
Type in Once in a Blue Moon - Google calculator will come up with the answer (apparently this is based on a calculation by British Astronomer David Harper, Google for more info)..see! pure geek!
Many of the above are direct/indirect a references to various internet "Meme's" referencing classic video games (the Barrell roll and Z or R apparently references Star Fox 64 and Zerg is a reference to Starcraft). Reader's of Douglas Adams would be familiar with the answer to the last!
For Star Wars fans, type - A long time ago in a galaxy far far away - into Google for an unexpected search return!
Google provides some entertaining (but some might say, practically useless!) searches! For example, the well known game of "Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon" has a useful tool within Google that by typing "Bacon Number" and a film stars name; for example -
Bacon Number Keira Knightly
This will return the famous persons "degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon and provide a brief explanation of how that number is achieved (don't be too disappointing if by typing your own name, you don't get a number)
Other Google Apps Containing "Hidden" Gems
Unsurprisingly, Google Search Engine isn't the only product from Google to include hidden Easter Eggs and quirks.
Android Jelly Bean 4.1
If you have a Android Smart Phone or Tablet running Android "Jelly Bean" 4.0/4.1, go to settings and Tap on the section of the screen showing "Android Version" and see what happens! Press your finger down on the screen and see what happens next!?!
*Note this may well work with different versions of Android - try it and see!
As well as being informative, educational and in many cases, completely time-wasting, the Google Earth Application allows you to have a bit of fun as well. Press the CTRL + A and instantly you can become "Maverick" or "Iceman" from the comfort of your chair!
In Walking Directions, type in "The Shire" and destination "Mordor" and see what it says.