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Google – the not so serious corporation with a refined sense of humour

October 11th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Google Google Google. We’ve seen it grow from only 7 years ago to beta to the world’s most used search engine. It’s so good that even most of Microsoft use it. It’s so good that they’ve just bought YouTube without exchanging any money whatsoever. Google is reknowned for it’s sense of humour, it’s laid back lifestyle and it’s jokes on April Fools day. But one thing I’ve discovered over checking through some comments is that Google has Easter eggs all over the place.

 Easter Egg – noun [eeh-stehr-ehgg]: In computing, Easter eggs are messages, graphics, sound effects, or an unusual change in program behavior, that occur in a program in response to some undocumented set of commands, mouse clicks, keystrokes or other stimuli intended as a joke or to display program credits. An early use of the term Easter egg was to describe a message hidden in the object code of a program as a joke, intended to be found by persons disassembling or browsing the code.

I’ve been doing some research, and found these following Easter Eggs and/or hidden websites within Google:

 

  • The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything – gives the answer from Google Calculator
  • French Military Victories – type it in at Google and press “I’m Feeling Lucky” for a hilarious result
  • Failure – type it in at Google and press “I’m Feeling Lucky” – with this one I can’t disagree with at all!
  • Liar – type it in at Google and press “I’m Feeling Lucky” – not as bad as the George Bush one though! 😛

If anyone knows any more – feel free to leave a comment.

Posted in Humour | 8 Comments »


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8 Responses

  1. Someone Says:

    Hi Zack,

    Those have been known for quite some time… 🙂 About the Devil image, BSD is a version of Unix, and that devil is it’s logo – more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD

    And those who have no idea what 42 (The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything) is about _really_ need to read “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, but Douglas Adams. I don’t recomment the movie, the book is much MUCH better!

    It was fun remembering some of those pages, though…

    Thanks!

  2. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Oh I’ve read the book – many times better than the film 🙂 and don’t forget – Don’t Panic, and always remember your towel 😉

  3. Aleckz Says:

    Try liar and then press “I’m Feeling Lucky”, surely you’re agree too….

  4. Patrick S Says:

    ha ha ha the Failure and lier… are they hardcoded in or is it just luck they turned up there?

  5. Aleckz Says:

    No, no is a hardcoded. In order to clarify the behaivor of this results read the official google blog at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/googlebombing-failure.html

  6. Ryan Riopel aka computerdude28 Says:

    Heres a couple more—-
    http://www.google.com/Microsoft?
    http://www.google.com/linux?

  7. Hagrin Says:

    What about Google Gulp?
    http://www.google.com/googlegulp/index.html

  8. Bryant Says:

    End of the internet:
    http://www.google.com/reader/next?go=noitems

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