Easter is a time for, among other things, Easter Egg hunts! While traditional Easter Egg hunts consist of kids running around trying to find decorated eggs and other treats, Easter Eggs have also been part of the tech and other worlds. In case you haven’t heard the term, an Easter Egg refers to intentional and unexpected features, from mysterious messages to fun and games.
Google engineers are no exception and love planting Easter Eggs in their search engine and, more recently, Google Assistant. Check out some of our favourite Google Easter Eggs from over the years below, courtesy of Google Canada.
NOTE: Most of these only work on desktop but a couple do work on mobile as well!
Searching for askew in Google search will cause the results to be displayed at an angle.
Do a Barrel Roll
Searching for this phrase will cause the results to do just that and rotate 360 degrees.
A search for zerg rush causes the Google “o”s to attack the page and eventually destroy the results. You can fight back by clicking on the “o”s to destroy them. At the end of the game, the “o”s rearrange themselves into two capital “G”s to represent the acronym ‘good game.’
Google in 1998!
To go way back, a search for Google in 1998 produces results in the style of the 1998 Google search results page.
You can ask it questions and tell it to do things, but your Assistant is a lot funnier than you think. Like other Google products, the Google Assistant is packed with ‘Easter Eggs’ from pop culture references to trivia games. Try any of these fun Easter eggs on your Google Home, Pixel or your device powered by the Google Assistant!
Here are some examples of the Google Assistant’s hidden Easter Eggs:
- “OK Google, I am your father.”
- “OK Google, what’s the first rule of Fight Club?”
- “OK Google, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?“
- “OK Google, up up down down left right left right B A start.“
- “OK Google, who let the dogs out? “
- “OK Google, twinkle twinkle little star.”
- “OK Google, sing me a song.”
- “OK Google, my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.“
- “OK Google, how much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?“
- “OK Google, why did the chicken cross the road?”
- “OK Google, knock knock.”
- “OK Google, make me laugh.”
- “OK Google, play a game.”
- “OK Google, who you gonna call?”
- “Hey Google, crystal ball.”
- “Hey Google, tell me your easter eggs.”