As we prepare to decorate Easter eggs with the kids this weekend, set up Easter egg hunts, or, for those who don't celebrate, simply enjoy a long weekend, Google is having fun with a few Easter eggs of its own as well.
As any movie, TV, or gaming fanatic knows, an Easter egg in the entertainment business refers to an intentional but unexpected hidden reference that's included as a joke or bonus for those who are clever enough to discover it. For example, if you look closely at the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones, you'll spot Gandolf's sword from the Lord of the Rings movies, the Glamdring, hidden amongst the others. And in the widely-lauded "USS Callister" episode of Black Mirror, you can see actor Kirsten Dunst walk by in the background in a barely noticeable cameo. Blink and you might miss it. You get the picture.
Google is taking a fun approach to Easter eggs with its own hilarious ones that are worth checking out this Easter long weekend, and beyond. Here are some you can try.
Search for the word "askew" in Google
Doing so will cause the results to display at an angle because, well, that's the very definition of the word, of course.
Search for the phrase "do a barrel roll"
The result: you'll see the results page do just that and rotate a full 360 degrees. Note: this might not work in the Safari browser on a Mac, but it definitely works in the Chrome browser.
Remember this uber-simple but seriously awesome game from the ‘80s? You can actually pull up a version of it by searching for Atari Breakout, then going to Images. The image results will instantly transform into an Atari Breakout board, complete with a paddle and ball that you can you use to kill some free time. No need to play Solitaire or scroll endlessly through your social media feeds when you're bored anymore!
If you search for this term, it will cause Google "Os" to attack the page and destroy the results. To fight back, click on the "Os" to destroy them. Eventually, the "Os" will rearrange themselves to form two capital "Gs," representing "Good Game."
An oldie but a goodie, this Easter egg is a play on the term "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" that suggests that any Hollywood actor is only six degrees away from having worked in some capacity with Bacon. Try to win by finding someone who is more than six degrees away from the Footloose star. When you think you have an answer, look up that person's name followed by the words "bacon number" and you'll see a line list of how they connect. For example, if I type "Johnny Dep bacon number," the answer is 2. (Depp appeared with Helena Bonham Carter in Dark Shadows, and Carter appeared with Bacon in Novacaine.) If you want to win, here's a tip: think of a few actors from Game of Thrones, who appear to be more than six degrees away from Bacon. You're welcome.
Conway's Game of Life
Searching for Conway's Game of Life produces the life simulation by the British mathematician John Horton Conway.
Google in 1998
A search for Google in 1998 produces results in the style of the 1998 Google search results page, sparking a nice twinge of nostalgia back to a time when the company handled only search engines.
Google Assistant Easter Eggs
In addition to plenty of Google Search Easter eggs, there are also some with Google Assistant voice search whereby you can ask questions to get humorous answers. Here are a few things you can ask a Google Home, Pixel smartphone, or other Google Assistant-compatible device:
"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."
Happy Easter to all of our WiFi HiFi readers!