Just in time for the super-long weekend, here’s an indulgence that won’t rot your teeth or expand your waistline: a complete list of Google easter eggs.
Easter egg picture from Shutterstock
For the uninitiated, in this context “easter eggs” are surprising results, hidden games and other tweaks that show up when you search for specific phrases. We’ve run versions of this guide in the past, but it was due for an update to add newer options (and remove some older ones that no longer work — I miss the ability to search for “binary” and see the number of results in binary).
For this roundup, we’re looking purely at easter eggs which Google has actually built into the site, rather than “search bomb” results where searching for a particular term produces a surprising result. (Those are fun, but won’t necessarily work long-term, given that Google constantly tweaks its search algorithms. The introduction of Google Instant, where search results are predicted as you type, also means people are much less likely to see the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button anyway.)
Unless we specify otherwise, you activate the easter egg by searching for the suggested term on Google’s own site. We’ve included links where appropriate, but some easter eggs only work as you are typing.
Life, The Universe And Everything
the answer to life, the universe and everythingDouglas Adams
The TARDIS Map
Do The Harlem Shake
do the Harlem Shake
The Blink Search
HTML tribute gag
Once In A Blue Boon
once in a blue moon
The Loneliest Number
the loneliest numberneat musical joke
Conway’s Game Of Life
Spotted an (official) Google easter egg we’ve missed? Share it in the comments.