Google is well-known for its elaborate April Fool's jokes (and terrifying policies), in which the company will announce some ridiculous new feature that anyone without a calendar or common sense will fall for. What you might not know is that this sense of humor also extends to Google's search engine itself, which has a bunch of hidden jokes triggered by specific words or phrases.
For example, odds are you've used Google search for what most human beings use it for: spell check. Yeah, we've all typed a word we weren't sure how to spell into Google and let the "Did you mean ..." part correct us. But if you're wondering if you spelled the word "anagram" right, Google won't help you out there -- instead, it offers you an actual anagram for "anagram."
Perhaps they're just trying to remind you that you haven't harassed your sheep lately.
Or if you type "recursion," which is the process of repeating something, then it suggests ... "recursion." Click on that and it'll show you the same thing over and over, in an infinite loop.
Which is hysterical, unless you're trying to find the actual meaning, in which case this is spectacularly unhelpful.
Google also has a calculator function, which comes in pretty handy when you type "answer to life, the universe, and everything," a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As in that book, the answer is given as ...
So long, and thanks for all the personal data.
For more festive results, you can try searching "Christmas" ...
Or "Hanukkah" ...
Or "Kwanzaa" ...
Or, yes, even "Festivus" (from Seinfeld), which displays the traditional Festivus Pole all over the side of the page.
To get rid of it, you have to pin Jerry Stiller.
Other searches are a little more interactive. Fans of aviation or (more likely) Star Fox 64 will be delighted to see what happens when you type "do a barrel roll" into Google.
Meanwhile, searching "askew" turns things on its side, effectively simulating the experience of searching on Google while drunk.
It even types the name of your ex in the address bar.
If you own an Android phone or tablet, you know that it's good to update it every once in a while because each new version comes with nifty new features and ways to accidentally message photos of your genitals to everyone in your family. What you might not know is that each version also comes with a cool Easter egg -- like this adorable painting of the Android mascot standing next to a monstrous gingerbread man and surrounded by a bunch of zombies talking on phones.
We'd be offended by the implication, but we're too busy being creeped out.
Yes, that's in your phone, and yes, it looks like something Jeffrey Dahmer painted in first grade. In order to see the Easter egg, simply go to your Settings menu and tap "About Phone." You'll see "Android Version" in that menu. Tap on that part very fast a bunch of times, and eventually a reward will pop onto your screen.
And your nightmares.
Each Easter egg references the (always candy-related) name of the current Android version: The one with the gingerbread monster is for version 2.3, which was called Gingerbread, and for version 3, or Honeycomb, they included a simple image of a bee.
Which is the last thing you see before being sucked into the Grid.
Yeah, OK, that one's pretty lame. Others are a little more interactive, though: In version 4.0, called Ice Cream Sandwich, you get an image of a little ice cream sandwich man -- hold your finger down on him, and he starts flying across the sky, doing his best Nyan Cat impression.
Somewhere, George Bluth's stomach rumbles.
And for the next version, Android 4.1, or Jellybean, they included a little mini game that lets you fling virtual jellybeans around.
Until you find the hidden fetus.
So keep this little tip in mind for when Google releases the next Android update, Edible Panties. That should be an interesting one.
The Konami Code is arguably the most famous video game cheat code ever created. It gained popularity when it was included in the game Contra by Konami, where it granted the player 30 lives, and is as follows:
If that's too hard to remember, you can use a simple mnemonic device: UUDDLRLRBA.
It's easy to see why the code became popular: 1980s games were fucking hard. Soon, however, it spread to games from other companies and other systems ... and from there to present-day websites. If you use Google Reader, for example, and type the Konami Code on your keyboard, your left sidebar reveals a hidden ninja.
Just a friendly reminder that Google is watching you. Always.
GameSpot.com is a video gaming news website that brings you trailers, reviews, and downloads for the latest games out today. But once you enter the Konami Code and hit Enter, the main page switches to what one might have seen if the Internet had been around in the 1980s.
Games are now rated from hellacious to tubular.
And just to show you that this isn't a U.S.-only thing, on a certain section of the BBC's website, entering the code brings up a photo of Doctor Who's robot dog, K-9.
That sounds like something we just made up, but it isn't.
Unfortunately, Konami Code Easter eggs are usually pretty short-lived, presumably because they are surreptitiously sneaked in by nerdy programmers without consulting with their bosses and then removed as soon as they're found out. We've mentioned before that, for a while, entering the code on Marvel Comics' website brought up an image of a squirrel dressed as Deadpool, while doing it on ESPN.com caused the entire page to be invaded by unicorns.
At first we thought it was just our screensaver.
Facebook did something similar in 2009 when a temporary Easter egg caused the Konami Code to trigger a lens flare effect all over the website.
J.J. Abrams never turned it back off.
But the best use of the Konami Code so far goes to the old site for the now defunct Newsweek magazine: Pressing the familiar keys caused all the headlines on the front page to be replaced with fake news stories about zombies.
Who will prepare us for the zombie invasion now? Cheezburger.com?
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For more easter eggs that'll blow your pants to the moon, check out 9 Video Game Easter Eggs That Took Years to Find and 7 Insane Easter Eggs Hidden in Movies and TV Shows.
If you're pressed for time and just looking for a quick fix, then check out 4 Reasons Pokemon Is the Scariest Alien Invasion Story Ever.
And stop by LinkSTORM to learn why these are just the precursor for Skynet.
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