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10 Awesome Easter Eggs Hidden on the Internet
The internet is a wondrous place, even more so when website creators decide to throw in some fun things hidden where people normally wouldn't think to look.
Just like on Easter when you hide the eggs for little Johnny, usually with a small prize inside - web admins hide the Eggs for us and what is inside can be surprising.
This entry is actually 3 in 1 because hey, why not?
First up, let's talk about this police call box on Earl's Court Road in London. This is pretty awesome, and will get any Dr. Who fan going. While looking at the call box, click the double white arrows on the ground before the box and instantly we're teleported into the TARDIS, with a full 360 degree view and all! Cool!
Now, let's take a peek at this location at the Warner Bros. Studios in England. They've actually added the real set of Diagon Alley, from the Harry Potter series. My favorite part was the Death Eater hidden in a doorway, see if you can find it!
This one is twofold - Google wanted to do something cool, and they really managed to pull it of here. When visiting the Kennedy Space center on Google Maps, you'll notice something changes. Your icon showing your position changes to an Astronaut. This same change takes place when visiting LegoLand - except you change into a Lego man!
This is Spinal Tap!
Who remembers the movie "This is Spinal Tap!" from the mid 80's? This music based comedy was made following "England's loudest band" on what ended up being quite the eventful - and hilarious - tour.
One of the most quoted items of the movie was "Turn it up to 11." Because it was shown in the film that the band's amplifiers actually went up to 11, instead of the 10 that regular amplifiers normally have.
The popular film rating site, IMDB, had a little fun when creating the page for This is Spinal Tap. The IMDB page for the film actually rates the film an 8 out of 11. That's right - they turned their rating system up to 11.
Buzzfeed is a popular website with all kinds of crazy content. They typically feature tons of polls, list articles and plenty of zany videos. Another crazy thing they host? A big fat old Easter egg.
First let me introduce you to our friend, the Konami Code. The Konami Code is a cheat code that appears in many video games of the late 80's through the 90's, and in some forms to this day. Being that it was used in so many games it became a very popular cheat code, nearly a household name for most that are into video games.
The Konami Code is as follows: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
As an homage to the Konami Code, the BuzzFeed creators decide to add their Easter egg. When visiting the BuzzFeed main page, enter the code using your keyboard. Every word on the page changes to "Justin Bieber."
Why they picked "the Biebs" we may never know.
SoundClick is Haunted
While on the topic of the Konami Code, the original music-based social network, SoundClick, has their own version of an Easter egg using the code.
If you enter the code on their website's main page, a large piece of bacon appears on the screen. The Bacon is a reference to the bacon craze that's been going on - I can't scroll through my Facebook feed for more than 5 minutes these days, without seeing something about bacon.
Then, as you watch, the bacon is slowly eaten by an invisible mouth. I guess ghosts are allowed to enjoy bacon as well. Why wouldn't they?
Rickrolling was another big internet meme for a long time. The premise of a "rickroll" was to trick other users into listening to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." This was usually done by sending links titled something else, or misnaming youtube videos - or even creating a youtube video on another topic then just dropping Rick's Astley's music video in the middle of it suddenly.
Digg.com decided to do something a little more fun, and for this one we revisit our old friend the Konami Code.
Entering the code on Digg.com's main page will change all the pictures on the site to parts of a single picture of Rick Astley while loudly playing "Never Gonna Give You Up."
YouTube Has a Ton
If you've read my other hub on the 7 Awesome Hidden Easter Eggs on Youtube, this entry will be redundant for you. I'm only going to touch lightly on 2 of them, and leave the rest for my other hub to explain to you.
Both of these will work simply by searching a pre-defined phrase, and the effects are pretty darned cool.
First up is "Beam me up Scotty," a way to pay respect to the show Star Trek. When you search the phrase your search results will appear to be beamed onto your screen.
Then we have "Use the force Luke," from Star Wars. When you search using this phrase your results will float around and move with your mouse.
Black Acre Brewing Likes He-Man
Black Acre Brewing is a small, local brewery in Indianapolis. But they've had a genius idea to get their name out there. And hey, I'm writing about them aren't I? So it worked.
When visiting their website you will get a pop-up asking to verify your age. If you click I'm 21 or older, you can proceed to the website and browse their selection and location info, etc.
If you click you're under 21, the hilarity ensues. You're redirected to a video of He-Man singing the "Hey" song. If you're unfamiliar with it, check out the video, or better yet visit their site and click I'm under 21. It is worth every second, I promise!
HEMA's Rube Goldberg
HEMA is a major retailing brand in the Netherlands, but that doesn't stop them from having a little fun. When visiting their online retail page, a cup appears in the top right of products displayed on the page. If you bump the cup by moving your cursor near it, the cup animates and falls over, knocking a roll of tape which falls into a stapler and rolls into a xylophone... the craziness continues from there, you really do have to go to the site and watch it for yourself.
You can watch it, here.
Facebook's Secret Emoji
An Emoji is another name for a fancy emoticon, made popular by users of Apple's iPhone mobile platform. Emoji's typically have many cute or artsy styles of happy faces, frowny faces and even random objects like clothes irons and stars.
Facebook has their own Emoji system built in, in which you can send all kinds of fun things. There is even a list you can find on Facebook to show all the available Emoji icons available.
...But it doesn't show you all of them. One unlisted Emoji is the self portrait. Start by finding your username at the end of your profile URL. Type your username between brackets like this - [[username]] and hit enter. The Emoji produced will display your profile picture.
Google Does it Again!
Google loves their Easter eggs; this entry is about their search services and the abundant Easter eggs within. There used to be a lot more but with recent changes most of them have gone the way of the birds.
Zerg Rush! This is a look back at the StarCraft series of video games. A Zerg Rush was a common attack used to overwhelm an opponent very early in the game, when done correctly it was extremely difficult to defend against. Type Zerg Rush in the search bar and your results will be rushed by many o's, you can double click the o's to defeat them, but they will eventually overrun you and wipe our your search results. The o's will then rearrange to spell out "GG," a way video game players would congratulate each other online for a game well played.
When you type "tilt" into the search bar and execute your search, your Google page will tilt to a side ever so slightly. It’s kind of a nifty but useless Easter egg.
Typing "Do a Barrel Roll!" into the search bar will cause your Google page to do a full 360 degree flip. This Easter egg stems from the StarFox video game series, in which you are a fox who is an ace fighter pilot. In the games, a character named Peppy Hare is often appearing on screen telling you to "Do a Barrel Roll!" when an enemy fighter is near your position. "Do a Barrel Roll" has become quite a large internet meme, complete with songs made of it and all.
Clicking on the images tab to execute an images search on Google has its own Easter Egg as well. Search for images of "Atari Breakout," a game of yesteryear for the Atari video game systems, will result in you having your own playable version right on your computer. I won't get too in depth here, just go try it!
Asking Google for the "Answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything," will have Google respond with an answer of "42." It’s a high-five to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
And lastly, Googling "The loneliest number" will get you an answer of "1" displayed as the search result.