Google Easter Eggs


Jonah Frey, Staff Writer

We all know Google. The huge search engine contains answers to pretty much everything; however, there is a deeper layer to it. There are many surprises and tricks of Google that you might know. Some of them are common knowledge like the snake game, but there are many more that may not be as familiar. Some are more interesting than others, but they are all secrets waiting to be found.

Did you know that Google can be used as a graphing calculator? If you search up: 1.2+(sqrt(1-(sqrt(x^2+y^2))^2) + 1 – x^2-y^2) * (sin (10000 * (x*3+y/5+7))+1/4) from -1.6 to 1.6 , you will see an egg. If you look up this: sqrt(cos(x))*cos(300x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(6-x^2), -sqrt(6-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5 , it will show a heart.

If you look up “what is the answer to life, the universe, and everything”, a calculator will come up showing the number 42. This is a reference to a book called Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

If you look up “Conway’s game of life, there will be an animation showing little blue squares that will expand from the side of your screen.

If you look up “baker’s dozen, you will see a calculator come up saying thirteen, which is what a baker’s dozen is.

If you look up “askew, the Google search screen will be tilted.

Look up “fun facts” to see random facts pop up.

If you go to the snake game, which you probably already know about, and click on the arrow on the bottom, it will show a huge amount of things, divided into two sections: one called “games and toys, which shows things like Pac-Man, animal sounds, Solitaire, Minesweeper, etc. The “tools bar” contains things like a spinner and a meditation thing, which has a one-minute breathing exercise, and for those of you who do orchestra or band, there is a metronome tool and a tuner.

There is also “Google gravity, “Google space, and “Google sphere, which are somewhat complicated to access. To access them, you have to go to the Google homepage, as in going to Then, you have to type in either “Google gravity” or “Google sphere, depending on which one you want. Once you have typed it in, then you have to click the “I’m feeling lucky” button.

That will then bring you to the page above if you type in “Google sphere”. “Google gravity” makes it so that everything on the google screen would fall down, and you can throw them with your mouse. “Google space “is the opposite; it makes it seem like it is in space; the icons are floating. You can still throw them, though. A funny thing with Google gravity and space is that you can actually get to your Gmail, drive, and other places through them. If you go to either gravity or space, you will see that there are black icons with drive, Gmail, calendar, etc. If you click on them, they will bring you to each, respectively.

There is an easter egg for Friends, the TV show. If you look up each of the first names of the cast after “friends”, Google has a different easter egg for each one. To access them, you have to click on an icon next to the name.

Some more calculator ones are: “what is the loneliest number in the world” and “the number of horns on a unicorn”. Each of these will lead to a calculator showing the number one.

There is an easter egg similar to the one for Friends for Super Mario Bros. Just like Friends, there is an icon next to the name, and you click on it to trigger the easter egg.

There is another of those similar ones for Sonic. If you look up “green hill zone”, you will see an icon of sonic, and of course, then you click on it to trigger the easter egg.

There are two history-based ones. If you look up “Google in 1998”, then you will see the results screen is what it would have looked like in 1998. The other similar one is “Google logo history”. If you look that up, then you will see a screen come up showing seven different versions of the Google logo from different times.

This is a very fun one. If you look up “cha-cha slide”, then, like the Friends one, there will be an icon. In this case, once you click on it, it goes through the moves of the song one at a time, both singing it and making your page move that way.

And finally, to close it all out, if you look up “is Google down”, it will reply no.

This is only the shell of the many easter eggs available, so go and enjoy the ones that are listed, and maybe you will find some new ones.