Video games are so damn full of Easter eggs (as Cracked has extensively covered) that they kind of rewire your brain. Long after you've turned off your console and stepped into the real world, you find yourself wondering if there's any cool shit hidden in your car's dashboard, or in your work printer, or in the exceedingly dull spreadsheet you're paid to stare at between 9 and 5 every day. The answer, of course, is ... yes.
6 Google Chrome's "No Connection" Page Is A Playable Minigame
If you use Google Chrome as your browser, you've probably seen this a million times:
Literally a million times, if you have Comcast
That's the error page Chrome gives you when it can't connect to the internet, as you might have gathered from the words "Unable to connect to the Internet" up there (someone alert the AP Style Guide police). As you stared at that page for minutes while desperately plugging and unplugging your router, you might have wondered what was up with that lonely T-Rex hanging out above the words. Well, the next time you see that dino with his tiny, useless arms, do what he couldn't do and press the space bar. This will happen:
This is better than any other Toy Story video game so far.
Yep, Google knows how much it sucks when you have to spend a single moment away from your porn and memes, so they provided a fun offline minigame in Chrome called T-Rex Runner. The game features a tyrannosaurus running across a desert, avoiding dangerously overgrown cacti and pterodactyl until you miss a jump and he goes extinct. Play long enough, and it will turn into night -- both in the game and outside your window. Soon you'll be like, "The internet? What's that?"
Tiny T-Rex won't "like" your ex-wife's Facebook statuses. Tiny T-Rex is a real friend.
Yes, it's kind of simple, but it beats waiting around for your network to reconnect or, god forbid, going outside. And remember: You have to press the space bar to start the game. Maybe write that down somewhere, because you'll feel like an idiot when you forget how to do it and try to Google the answer without a connection.
5 Tesla's Impressively Nerdy Easter Eggs
Yes, we realize that heading sounds like we're talking about Nikola Tesla's balls. We're not changing it. Anyway, this is about the cars.
Not only do quite a few of Tesla Motors' vehicles come equipped with Easter eggs, but they are also precisely the kind of eggs that the sort of person who drives a Tesla would probably beg for if they even knew such tech was possible. The Model S, for example, has a car port which flashes all the colors of the rainbow if you politely ask it to (by pressing the handle 10 times in quick succession, not saying it out loud). Why would a car need that, some of you might ask? Because fuck you, it looks cool.
So it saves you money on gas and psychedelic drugs.
The Model S is also equipped with nods to Spaceballs ("Ludicrous Speed" is now a thing), can quote The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy to you if you name it "42," and if you enter the "007" secret access code, it will even morph on its display into James Bond's underwater car "Wet Nellie" from The Spy Who Loved Me. This car is that one friend you keep trying to outnerd, only for him to shoot back with an even more obscure reference every time.
However, in true Doc Brown fashion, the Model S's coolest feature (also shared by the Model X) has to do with roads. You know those boring roads that boring automakers put on their boring GPS maps, for boring reasons like "making sure you don't die"? Well, if you press your Tesla's autopilot four times, you'll hear a cowbell ring, transforming your map into a dead ringer for the Rainbow Road track from Mario Kart. If only they'd let us lob digital turtle shells at the Volkswagen with the Trump sticker in front of us.
The downside is that "falling off the edges into an endless pit" incidents have gone up drastically since this mode was introduced.