21 Easter Eggs Hidden Within Your Google Search Bar


Google is a company of frightening scope. The sheer amount of info it has on internet users is astounding, and the fact that so many of us are reliant on its apps to function means it should only keep growing.

Its also pretty nerdy. Or at least, thats the impression it gives off whenever it adds to the enormous collection of Easter eggs snuck within its services.

Google’s search engine, in particular, holds many of these in-jokes. If youre not familiar with them, though, weve rounded up a handful of our favorites from over the years.

1. If you search solitaire, you can play a round of the classic card game. Its only the standard version, though sorry, Freecell fans.

1. If you search solitaire, you can play a round of the classic card game. Its only the standard version, though  sorry, Freecell fans.

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2. Likewise, searching tic tac toe will let you start up that game. You can set it to play against a friend or Google itself. For a real challenge, set the difficulty to Impossible, and try to get anything done at work.
2. Likewise, searching tic tac toe will let you start up that game. You can set it to play against a friend or Google itself. For a real challenge, set the difficulty to Impossible, and try to get anything done at work.

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3. If you’re still in the holiday spirit, you can play a digital game of dreidel by searching “spin (or play) dreidel.”
3. If you're still in the holiday spirit, you can play a digital game of dreidel by searching "spin (or play) dreidel."

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4. If youve got an either/or decision on your hands, Googling flip a coin might help.
4. If youve got an either/or decision on your hands, Googling flip a coin might help.

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5. And if you somehow have six things to choose from, maybe roll a die will suffice.
5. And if you somehow have six things to choose from, maybe roll a die will suffice.

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6. Searching askew will turn the page slightly…askew.
6. Searching askew will turn the page slightly...askew.

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7. Searching anagram will ask if you meant nag a ram.” That, of course, an anagram of anagram.
7. Searching anagram will ask if you meant nag a ram." That, of course, an anagram of anagram.

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8. My personal favorite on the list, a search for recursion a programming term referring to a function that calls back to itself will ask if you meant recursion. Now try clicking on it repeatedly. Get it?
8. My personal favorite on the list, a search for recursion  a programming term referring to a function that calls back to itself  will ask if you meant recursion. Now try clicking on it repeatedly. Get it?

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9. Searching what sound does a dog make will bring up the appropriate sound effect. You can swap dog out with cow, pig, duck, and a few others. This ones good for the kids, or just for those who want to creep out their coworkers.
9. Searching what sound does a dog make will bring up the appropriate sound effect. You can swap dog out with cow, pig, duck, and a few others. This ones good for the kids, or just for those who want to creep out their coworkers.

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10. For the rest of us or just hardcore Seinfeld fans theres the Festivus pole. That pops up whenever you search for Frank Costanzas favorite holiday.
10. For the rest of us  or just hardcore Seinfeld fans  theres the Festivus pole. That pops up whenever you search for Frank Costanzas favorite holiday.

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11. If youre generally feeling curious, search fun facts (or Im feeling curious). Thatll return a Snapple-esque piece of random info, which you can refresh right on the page.
11. If youre generally feeling curious, search fun facts (or Im feeling curious). Thatll return a Snapple-esque piece of random info, which you can refresh right on the page.

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12. Searching google in 1998 will bring you to a page reminiscent of what Google looked like a couple decades ago, complete with company background info and that truly horrid logo.
12. Searching google in 1998 will bring you to a page reminiscent of what Google looked like a couple decades ago, complete with company background info and that truly horrid logo.

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13. Some of these get after deep thoughts, too. Searching for the answer to life, the universe, and everything brings up a calculator result of 42, a reference to Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
13. Some of these get after deep thoughts, too. Searching for the answer to life, the universe, and everything brings up a calculator result of 42, a reference to Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

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14. A slightly more obscure one: Googling conways game of life returns a sprawling digital animation to the side of the screen. This is a reference to the famous self-simulating cellular automaton created by British mathematician John Conway in 1970.
14. A slightly more obscure one: Googling conways game of life returns a sprawling digital animation to the side of the screen. This is a reference to the famous self-simulating cellular automaton created by British mathematician John Conway in 1970.

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15. There are clearly a few gamers on Googles Search team. Search Super Mario Bros, for instance, and one of the “?” Blocks from that series will show up in the appropriate Knowledge Graph cards. Click it, and youll be treated the same coin-dispensing sound effect youd hear in the original games.
15. There are clearly a few gamers on Googles Search team. Search Super Mario Bros, for instance, and one of the "?" Blocks from that series will show up in the appropriate Knowledge Graph cards. Click it, and youll be treated the same coin-dispensing sound effect youd hear in the original games.

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16. For the Sega people out there, searching “Sonic the Hedgehog” will bring up that beloved mascot in the Knowledge Graph. Clicking on him will make him do his trademark spin, and eventually transform him into his powered-up Super Sonic form.
16. For the Sega people out there, searching "Sonic the Hedgehog" will bring up that beloved mascot in the Knowledge Graph. Clicking on him will make him do his trademark spin, and eventually transform him into his powered-up Super Sonic form.

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17. Searching zerg rush, meanwhile, will unleash a torrent of O’s that gradually eat away at your results. This is a reference to a type of attack in the popular strategy game series “StarCraft.”
17. Searching zerg rush, meanwhile, will unleash a torrent of O's that gradually eat away at your results. This is a reference to a type of attack in the popular strategy game series "StarCraft."

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18. A treat for those who remember Nintendos “Star Fox 64”: Searching do a barrel roll will spin the results page a full 360 degrees. You can also search Z or R twice that is, the command you had to hit on the Nintendo 64 controller to do said barrel roll in the first place.
18. A treat for those who remember Nintendos "Star Fox 64": Searching do a barrel roll will spin the results page a full 360 degrees. You can also search Z or R twice  that is, the command you had to hit on the Nintendo 64 controller to do said barrel roll in the first place.

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19. Googling pacman will allow you to play the interactive doodle Google created for the little yellow guys 30th anniversary back in 2010.
19. Googling pacman will allow you to play the interactive doodle Google created for the little yellow guys 30th anniversary back in 2010.

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20. Move over to Google Image Search, and searching atari breakout will turn that pages images into a big game of, you guessed it, Breakout.
20. Move over to Google Image Search, and searching atari breakout will turn that pages images into a big game of, you guessed it, Breakout.

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21. Finally, because all of existence comes back to Kevin Bacon in the end, searching bacon number after a celebritys name will tell you just how many degrees of separation are between that celebrity, and the star of “Hollow Man.”
21. Finally, because all of existence comes back to Kevin Bacon in the end, searching bacon number after a celebritys name will tell you just how many degrees of separation are between that celebrity, and the star of "Hollow Man."

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