10 awesome Google easter eggs to waste time

Google is known for hiding easter eggs in their searches and in their products. Some of them stick around and some of them don’t. Here’s a list of ten easter eggs that are still working and are sure to keep you occupied for literally minutes at a time.

Google.com easter eggs

  1. Search for “Atari Breakout” in Google Images.
  2. Google “Set a timer for 45 minutes” or however long you need a timer for (obviously).
  3. For all of you fans of “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” you can Google “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything“.
  4. Go to Google.com and mouseover the “I’m feeling lucky” button. The text will change. Keep mousing over it until it says, “I’m feeling playful” then click on it. It takes you to something like a guitar that you can not only play, you can also make recordings of yourself playing or a game of Pacman or some other fun little game to play. There’s also, “I’m feeling stellar”, “I’m feeling hungry”, “I’m feeling puzzled” and quite few more. Check them all out.
  5. Search for “do a barrel roll“.
  6. Search for “askew“.
  7. Google “zerg rush“. I’m not really familiar with gaming but apparently this is a kind of homage to a tactic in the game Starcraft that involves swarming a low-level or poorly equipped group against an opposing group in the hope that sheer numbers will overwhelm the enemy.
  8. If you’ve ever played the game “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” then you’ll appreciate this one. Search “Bacon number” followed by the name of the name of the actor you want to search for. I did about a dozen actors off of the top of my head and couldn’t find anyone with more than two degrees of separation. Crazy.
  9. Google hacker. As far as I know you don’t really have to do a Google search to get to this page but adding “?hl=xx-hacker” onto the end of the Google.com url will bring up the Google homepage and resultant searches in “leet” or “1337” speak.

Google Earth easter egg

  1. Start up Google Earth and click Ctrl+Alt+A (Win) or Cmd+Option+A (Mac) and Google Earth turns into a flight simulator. You get your choice of aircraft and what airport around the world you want to take off from, or you can just start flying from wherever you are on the map. There’s a pretty steep learning curve to the controls (if you don’t have a joystick) but you can find the keyboard flight instructions here.
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Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section if you know of any other cool easter eggs that aren’t on the list here.

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