If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 20-odd years and have access to the Internet, then you know exactly what Google is. It’s possibly the best search engine out there, helping you access all the information you need, and you may already be familiar with this fact. You may have also noticed how the Google Doodles change to signify an occasion, but did you know there are secret search queries that present you with some strange or cool results. Well, the secret queries are Google Easter eggs that the comapny has strewed across its platform. If you’ve recently come across one of them and have been on the hunt for more Google Easter eggs, we have compiled a list of 30 hidden Google Easter eggs right here.
Best Google Easter Eggs
Google Easter Eggs are scattered across different Google services including Google Doc, Google Search, and more. We have divided this article into multiple sections to help you find cool Google Easter eggs by services. We have also create a Latest section as the company releases exceptional Google Easter Eggs from time to time which are deleted after a limited time.
Latest Google Easter Eggs
To mark the release of the most anticipated Marvel movie ever, Google created a Thanos Easter egg dedicated to the main villain. When you search for Thanos in Google, the results show up an Infinity Gauntlet where you’d normally find a share button in the usual search results. It is the depiction of the Infinity Gauntlet wore by Thanos in the movie. Once you click on the Gauntlet, it will erase half of the Google search results, Infinity War style, with dust animation, music, and all. Once it’s done, you can click on the Gauntlet again to bring the search results back.
Google Search Easter Eggs
Majority of Google’s Easter eggs are hidden in its most popular product (i.e. Google Search), and can be accessed simply by using a specific word or phrase as the search string. Here are a few of them:
1. Do a barrel roll
Wanna roll a little? Type in Do a barrel roll in the Google search box, and you’ll see the entire webpage rotate clockwise by a full 360 degrees.
2. Pacman (Solitaire/ Tic Tac Toe/ Snake)
Google sure serves you with the best search results, but it also knows how to show you a good time. You can enjoy some popular arcade games including Pacman, Solitaire, Snake game or Tic Tac Toe, right from the results. You simply need to do a search for any of the aforementioned titles and hit ‘Click to Play’ to immersive yourself in some fun games. This has to be one of my favorite Google Easter Eggs.
3. What sound does a cow make?
Google can help either you or your kids learn whatever sound an animal makes, simply by using a search query like, “what sound does a cow make?” or “what sound does a cat make?” You then have to tap the speaker icon next to the animal name to hear the sounds. This is one of the best Google Easter Eggs for kids as it’s not only informative but also cool.
4. Error 418 (I’m a teapot)!?
This teapot Easter egg was designed to appease server and SEO enthusiasts and it was supposed to be an April Fools Joke back in 1998. It wasn’t designed for implementation, however, Google still did go ahead with the idea. You can check out the page right here.
5. Loneliest number = 1
Well, apart from spewing out numbers in reference to popular works of fiction, Google is also hiding another calculator-based Easter egg under its belt. It refers to “One” as the loneliest number, which could be a reference to Harry Nilson’s popular song under the same name.
If you haven’t managed to get over the fidget spinner trend, well, Google intends to be in line with the times. It already displayed a number spinner when you searched for spinner’ but it added a fidget spinner to the same after they gained immense popularity last year.
7. Bubble Level
While many of these Easter eggs work both on the mobile and desktop, Bubble Level is a mobile-only Easter egg which turns your smartphone into exactly what it says – a bubble leveler. You can search for the same and place your smartphone on any surface to tell if its horizontal or vertical.
Google is also quite considerate to musicians and has a ‘metronome’ Easter egg available via its search engine. Anytime you want an audible click while writing music or playing an instrument, you can now turn to Google for it.
9. Random Number Generator
Google also offers you a random number generator, which can sometimes come in really handy, but that’s not the Easter egg here. The search giant is hip and emojis are cool, so when you set the min and max limits both to 100, you’ll see the 100 emoji. And setting a max limit of more than 10 digits will show you a dizzy face emoji.
10. Super Mario Bros / Sonic the Hedgehog
If you spent your childhood with Super Mario Bros or Sonic the Hedgehog, then you will love this Google Easter egg. When you search for either of the two games, the information card available on the right shows a notable entity from the game. An animated question mark and the signature Mario points sound for the former whereas the Hedgehog rolls into the picture for the latter.
11. Atari breakout
Now that we’re on the topic of games, how about playing another one? Called Image Breakout, it’s Google’s take on the classic Breakout arcade game, developed and published years ago by Atari. To access this Easter egg, do a Google image search for the Atari breakout string, and the images in search results will turn into colorful bricks, which you can smash with the ball, while bouncing it off the paddle. If you manage to finish the game, the search automatically redirects to results from any random Image search.
12. Zerg rush
This Google Easter Egg is especially fun. Search for Zerg rush, and your search results will be attacked from all sides by hordes of O alphabets. The Os can be destroyed by clicking on them repeatedly. The game ends either when all the search results have been destroyed, or when you’ve defeated all the Os. The high score can be shared as well.
Don’t like things to be symmetrical? This is just the Easter egg for you. Key in Askew as the search term, and the entire webpage will be skewed, or tilted to the right side.
14. Google in 1998
Like pretty much all great things, Google also had humble beginnings, when it started off in 1998. Wanna know how the most popular search engine looked back then? Use Google in 1998 as the search phrase, and go back in time.
15. Flip a coin
No matter how big or small a dispute is, it can always be sorted out by flipping (or tossing) a coin. And thanks to this Easter egg, you don’t even need to have one in your pocket to toss. Search for Flip a coin, and see whether you get Heads or Tails.
16. Roll a die
There are numerous games that involve rolling the ever familiar six faced die. And having Google do that for you just makes it that much cooler. All you have to do is run a search for Roll a die, and you’ll get a random number from 1 to 6.
17. Google gravity
Even the world’s most popular search engine can’t escape from the pull of gravity, and that is something clearly evinced by this Easter egg. Go to google.com, type in Google Gravity, and click on the “I am Feeling Lucky” button. You’ll see the webpage’s UI elements crumble to the base, all thanks to gravity. But that’s not all, there are various other commands you can type in search engine like “Google Reverse Gravity”, “Google Underwater Gravity”, and more which do fun and random stuff to your Google homepage. Here are some of the best Google Gravity search terms you should try.
- Google Gravity
- Google Reverse Gravity
- Google Underwater Gravity
- Google Guitar
- Google Gravity Sphere
- Google Space
- Google Tilt
- Google Gravity Mirror
- Google Flat Fall
18. Once in a blue moon
Often Once in a blue moon is a phrase associated with events that almost never happen, or happen rarely. But that’s a vague term, and one that Google finds irksome. Search for Once in a blue moon, and find out exactly how much it actually is (hint: It’s in Hertz).
19. Blink HTML
How’d you like your search results blinking at you? That might sound a little weird, but it’s actually a reference to the namesake tag. Use Blink HTML as the search string, and all the occurrences of the words Blink and HTML in the search results will start blinking. How cool is that?
They might not seem much, but Anagrams (words that are formed by re-arranging the letters of existing words) can be a lot of fun. So much, that Google has an Easter egg dedicated to them. Search for Anagram, and apart from the relevant search results, Google will also question whether you meant Nag a ram (which is an anagram formed by re-arranging the letters of the word anagram itself).
The practice of recursion involves repeated application of certain recurring procedures. So when you run a Google search for Recursion, Google asks whether you meant to search for, you guessed it right, Recursion.
No, the seemingly complicated mathematical expression referenced in this point’s title isn’t some random stuff. In fact, when this expression is plotted on a graph, it creates the shape of a heart. Unbelievable? Search (sqrt(cos(x))*cos(500*x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.4)*(3-x*x)^0.1, and see for yourself.
23. Answer to life the universe and everything
If someone is seeking the meaning of topics such as the life and universe, one would assume the answer to be extremely complicated. But the answer is actually extremely simple, if you try to look it up on Google. This Easter egg is an ode to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. Search with the phrase Answer to life the universe and everything, and you’ll get the answer as 42.
24. Bletchley park
Secret codes and phrases have always been used in the past to communicate sensitive information, especially during wars and other such conflicts. Bletchley park was actually the home for the British code-breakers during World War Two. And a Google Easter egg perfectly pays homage to the importance of the location and the people who worked there. Search Bletchley park, and the you’ll see the Google search information card on the right play an animated alphanumeric code sequence, eventually spelling out Bletchley park.
25. Hacker, Pirate, and Pig Latin interfaces
We generally use Google in our native tongue, but the search engine offers you the option to choose from a variety of different languages. And some of them can be really fun, such as Pirate, Hacker, Klingon, or even Pig Latin, if you understand the lingo. You can activate any of these languages by heading to ‘Settings -> Languages’ from the bottom right on Google’s homepage.
26. Text Adventure
Google has always been good with Easter eggs, but the hidden Text Adventure game will have to be my favorite. It sees a “Big Blue G” looking for all its remaining colored friends from the Google logo and it’s a pleasant little secret for adventurers.
This Easter egg is a reference to the Festivus holiday (a parody holiday meant as an alternative to the pressures and gatherings of the Christmas holidays season), which features an aluminium Festivus pole. Search Google for Festivus, and you’ll see the Festivus pole appear at the left of the search results page.
Hanukkah and Christmas are probably the most important festivals/holidays for Jews and Christians respectively all around the globe. And if you happen to be in a festive mood, Google can help make things better. Search for Christmas or Hanukkah, and a gorgeous looking thematic header will be overlaid on the top of the search results.
Google Docs Easter Eggs
The online collaborative productivity suite of Google also has some really neat Easter eggs of its own hidden in it. Here are some:
29. (LGBT) PRIDE
The LGBT community has faced discrimination for a really long time, and even though things are steadily improving, there’s much work left to be done. And thanks to this Google Docs Easter egg, showing off your LGBT pride is easier than ever. Simply open up a blank Google Spreadsheet, and type in the five letters of the word PRIDE in five adjacent cells, one letter in each cell. As soon as you do that, the columns will be highlighted in the different rainbow colors, symbolic of the LGBT community.
30. Conway’s Game of Life
Conway’s Game of Life is an amazing game, devised by British mathematician John Horton Conway comprises of cells and how they interact with their neighbors. If you want to give this game a shot, well, you cannot as you’re merely a spectator to the blue-gray cells that show up over the search results. However, if you want to try an interactive version of the game, then head to Google Docs and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E, followed by Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C, to launch the table where you can try out Conway’s Game of Life.
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Ready to explore all the Google Easter eggs?
Google has a whole truckload of useful and insanely fun Google Easter eggs scattered across its numerous products and services. And as you now know, finding them isn’t really that hard, you just need to look a bit deeper. Try all of these Google Easter eggs, and see which one(s) you like the most. Know of any more hidden features that could’ve made the cut above? Do mention in the comments below.