Secret Google Easter Eggs

Check out some of Google's hidden secrets

Screenshot of Google search results for Easter Eggs

Known for being a company that works hard and plays hard, Google has made a game of introducing playful Easter eggs and other jokes into its products, most notably Google search. These Easter eggs aren't the kind shown in the search results. Instead, they take the form of inside jokes and hidden features that are often difficult to discover. Here are 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 click the Google Images link in the search results. An image breakout game appears complete with sound effects.

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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 won't work if you start from a search results page. It's only good if you do it from the Google search homepage. 

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Tilt With Google

Askew Google Easter Egg

Google the word askew and when the search results are returned, the whole screen tilts. It's a great demonstration of the definition of the word. This trick also works from 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, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was the central 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.

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."

Do that many people search for nag a ram? And why in the world would someone nag a ram? Nag a ram is an anagram for anagram. Say that three times fast!

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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 this:

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 the Seinfeld TV show, 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 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 the option to Click to Play.

Click the link to launch a mini Pacman game around the Google logo. You can play as much as you like and slack off in an entertaining way.

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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 it than 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 search for the meaning of life the universe and everything on Google.

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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 in your day.