Secret Google Easter Eggs

Check out some of Google's hidden secrets

Screenshot of Google search results for Easter Eggs

Google has made a game of introducing Easter eggs and other playful content into its search results. These hidden features, games, and jokes all require specific search terms to work, and present a more lighthearted side of Google search.

Here are some of the best Google Easter eggs of all time.

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Atari Breakout

Atari Breakout Easter Egg on Google

This one is a two-step Easter egg. To find a secret game, search for the phrase Atari Breakout, then select the Images link in the toolbar. An image breakout game appears complete with sound effects.

If the game does not automatically materialize, select the first option ( in the Images search results

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Do a Barrel Roll

Google Barrel Roll Easter Egg

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Google the phrase do a barrel roll and watch the screen roll. You can also Google the phrase Z or R twice to get the same result. This trick can be used on desktop searches.

This trick will not work if you start from a search results page. You must enter the search from the Google homepage. 

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Tilt With Google

Askew Google Easter Egg

Google the word askew. When the search results are returned, the whole screen tilts, providing a demonstration of the word's meaning. This trick also works with desktop searches.

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Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park entry on Google search with half-decrypted title

Search for bletchley park. The Google Place name shows up with an animated simulation of a code being deciphered. This is because, as explained in the result, Bletchley Park was the headquarters of the Allied code-breaking effort during World War II and the site of the United Kingdom's Government Code and Cypher School.

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Zerg Rush

Google Zerg Rush Easter Egg

Google zerg rush to watch the O letters from Google rain down the screen and destroy the search results.

This is also a game. Click the falling O letters multiple times to stop them. Each time you click an O, the lifeline above it gets shorter. It takes about three clicks to destroy the letter. Eventually, there will be too many letters, and the letters will eat the search results. When you're defeated, the O letters form a giant GG in the empty search results, for good game.

If the animation easter egg is no longer active, you can still play the game by selecting the first search result: Play "Zerg Rush" by Google - elgooG

To keep the game going longer, play on a touch-screen device. It's faster to tap on a screen than click with a mouse.

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Google's Anagram/Nag A Ram Easter Egg

Search for anagram and Google asks, "Did you mean: nag a ram."

You are not losing your mind. Nag a ram is an anagram for anagram.

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Google's Recursion Easter egg

Search for recursion and Google asks "Did you mean: recursion." This is a joke because a recursive definition is a definition that contains the item being defined as part of the definition.

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An Easter Egg as an Easter Egg

Google's mathematical Easter egg

It doesn't have to be Easter, but you do need a modern web browser. Internet Explorer may not work with this Easter egg. Google the following:

1.2+(sqrt(1-(sqrt(x^2+y^2))^2) + 1 - x^2-y^2) * (sin (10000 * (x*3+y/5+7))+1/4) from -1.6 to 1.6

You'll see a really cool visualization of a math equation. This is a demonstration of the awesome power of the Google hidden calculator. 

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A Festivus for the Rest of Us

Google Festivus Easter Egg

Festivus is a holiday that started out as a joke in a well-known episode of Seinfeld, but that didn't stop it from outliving the show that created it and becoming a real holiday. One of the hallmarks of the Festivus holiday is an aluminum pole, as a replacement for a Christmas tree.

Search Google for Festivus, and you'll see it's trademark pole spanning down the left side of the screen, along with the search results.

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Google Pacman Easter Egg

Google includes many classic games in their search engine, so why not Pacman? Search for the arcade classic to find an image of a Pacman style Google logo with an option to play the game.

Select Play to launch a mini Pacman game around the Google logo. You can play as much as you like and slack off for an afternoon.

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The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Google 42 Easter Egg

Google loves nerd culture, and there are few novels as ingrained in nerd culture as The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. One of the most famous jokes in the novel comes when the protagonists discover that the meaning of life, the universe, and everything is the number 42.

Adams stated that there's no meaning behind it, and it really is just a joke, but that hasn't stopped it from being recited over and again, including when you do a search for the meaning of life the universe and everything.

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Google Tic-Tac-Toe Easter Egg

There are more games on Google. Search for Tic-Tac-Toe to display an interactive board that you can play to your heart's content. It's a simple and entertaining way to spend some free time.

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