13 more of the coolest hidden Google tricks

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Ok, I’ll admit it. I made a mistake. I tried to pack all the awesome hidden Google easter eggs into one article… and, really, there are way more than 17 ‘tricks’ built into Google products or entertaining sites to be found by clicking “I’m feeling lucky”. So, if you’re finished evading the ghosts in Google’s version of Pacman and you’re looking for some more awesomeness, read on.

1. Askew:
askew google search

If you run a Google search for the word “askew”, you may think you’ve somehow broken your monitor or telepathically adjusted your display settings. But really, Google has just shifted a few degrees – the same thing happens if you search for “tilt”.

2. Goglogo:

goglogo

Ever wanted your own personal version of Google, complete with a customised logo? No? Really? I suggest you move on to the next item. Otherwise, you can type “goglogo” into your Google search bar and hit “I’m feeling lucky” (if you’re having trouble with this, change your Google instant preferences or just type the word, then wait for the suggestions and hover over the first option — “I’m feeling lucky” will appear to the right). If you enter your name into Goglogo’s box, you’ll be rewarded with a search page that has been customised with your name.

3. Heart:

google heart graph

Could you plot this equation on a graph: “(sqrt(cos(x))*cos(200x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5”? No? Well, Google’s built-in graph function can compute all of that mathematical notation and stick the results firmly on the x and y axis to produce a little blue heart. Lovely.

4. The Google translate beat box:

German beatbox google translate

If you type a string of garbled words into Google Translate, and ask it to translate them from English to German, then click the ‘listen’ icon, Google will start beat boxing. The text is “pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk bschk pv bschk bschk kkkkkkkkkk”, but slightly different variations work too — and the beat box rhythm changes depending on how you combine the terms.

5. Google sphere:

google sphere

Another experiment by the same team that brought you Google gravity, Google sphere transforms your Google Image search page into an interactive spinning orb. To access it, search for “google sphere” and click “I’m feeling lucky”. Then click on the search bar, and chase the swirling links around the screen to your heart’s content. The ‘sphere’ will spin around in different directions depending on where your mouse pointer is positioned on the screen.

6. The loneliest number:

the loneliest number google

In case you weren’t aware of this, Google’s built-in calculator will confirm it for you: the loneliest number is one. Aww, shame. It can also tell you how to calculate a blue moon.

7. Binary:

binary google

If you search for the word ‘binary’ in Google, you’ll get the results — but the exact number of results won’t be displayed in the form you’re accustomed to — instead, they’ll give it to you in binary code (that’s 1s and 0s for those of you who don’t speak geek). Something similar happens for ‘octal’ and ‘hexadecimal’.

8. Qing Ming Festival:

quin ming festival

If you search for “qingming” (a traditional Chinese festival), Google will decorate your search results page accordingly, painting the white space with watercolour plants, occasional rippling water and some children perched atop blinking cows. If you look closely, you may spot a fish or two leaping from the ‘water’.

9. Snake:

snake in youtube

Ever get bored while waiting for YouTube videos to buffer? Well, you won’t have that problem again. Just press the arrow keys and you can play a game of snake (it helps if you pause on a solid background, although it is much more entertaining when the blinking dot your snake has to ‘eat’ appears on someone’s face).

10. Dragons:

dragon in google docs

The spread sheets in Google Docs are plagued by dragons… and it’s up to you to defeat them! Ok, they’re really not, but you can slay a dragon in Google Docs with embarrassing ease. Just press ‘shift’ and ‘F12’ and you’ll be congratulated on your fine job.

11. Jet ski to China:

jetski to china google maps

If you ask Google Maps for directions from Japan to China (I tried Tokyo to Shanghai), it will give you all the usual traffic routes… and an instruction to climb on board a jet ski to make it across the Pacific. If you try to go from Australia to America, Google will recommend taking a kayak. I’d rather walk to Mordor.

12. Gmail spam and trash:

spam and trash gmail

If you’re a Gmail user and you aren’t suffering from a chronic case of ad blindness, you may have noticed something strange about the text adverts above your messages. Instead of the usual vaguely relevant ad, you’ll see a recipe for some spam dish in your spam folder, and a recycling tip in your trash folder.

13. Gingerbread zombies:

android zombie gingerbread easter egg

If you own an Android phone or tablet, you may have stumbled upon this easter egg already (although it doesn’t seem to work on all Android devices). If you go to ‘settings’, then click ‘about device/ phone’ and repeatedly tap ‘firmware version’ or ‘Android version’, the device will display artwork relating to whatever version of the OS you’re running. So, if you’re running version 2.3 (Gingerbread), you’ll see the little green android surrounded by a horde of zombies, and Honeycomb users will see a blue bumble bee that buzzes if you touch it. Users with Ice Cream Sandwich will see an army of Nyan cat-ish Androids encased in ice cream sandwiches zooming around in space. Which, I admit, is way cooler than the zombies pictured above (hello, who doesn’t like nyan cat!?), but until someone swings a Nexus in my direction (hint hint), I can’t screen shot it for you.

Update:

As some readers have pointed out in the comments, Android JellyBean has a hidden easter egg too — if you tap the version number and then repeatedly poke the Androidified bean that appears, you’ll be be met with a screen full of colourful floating jellybeans (complete with occasional antennae), which you can swish around the screen to your heart’s content.

Android JellyBean

We’ve also put together some videos explaining how to find the hidden tricks in your phone, Google Now and Google Maps:

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    Before read your post i was completely unaware about these coolest hidden of google, your post is very helpful and full of knowledge for us.

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  • Angelic_princess

    i love both your posts but can u plz tell me how to make it snow nd can u also post bout some science reserch on rocks ( ihave a prokect) :P

  • Erieh Yamazaki

    to be honest, I already found out about the snake on youtube thing months ago… I was really frustrated that the internet connection was so slow, so I slammed my fingers on my keyboard, and accidentally, that icon thingy that indicated that the video is buffering started to move

  • guest

    search “let it snow” on google i dont know if you need to do im feeling luck or noe bu u can try both ways:)

  • geekygirl

    GENIUS

  • PLZ

    i cant get snake to work at all, does it still work or has it possibly been disabled?
    when i pressed left key it rewinds my video

  • pokjv’pofd

    dont forget poogle and darkarts google. and googleloco and lol limewire and rainboa!

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  • ajan333

    it still works, but if you click OUTSIDE the video it doesnt so, you have to click the video then click it again. now press the arrow keys to play !

  • harrypotternerdling:)

    At first I was amazed that she knew all these Google tricks. But then, I realized her last name was ‘Granger’, so she is obviously related to Hermione and, therefore, must be some kind of super-genius. Duh!

  • harrypotternerdling:)

    Hermione Granger, the extremely smart witch form Harry Potter, for all those people who have no idea what I’m talking about.

  • name

    you have to press all the keys at once and it takes a couple of trys to get it working

  • Tankhunter

    maybe you weren’t speaking Parseltongue.

  • Hermione Granger

    Hey, person below me. ARE YOU CALLING ME A NERD?!

  • colin

    Gay

  • disqus_riLxjt7mp9

    press down

  • azndyke

    i wish. i would so ask her out.

  • shelby

    Type “where is chuck norris” and hover over the predicted text and to the right hit “i’m feeling lucky”..

  • Nicolas Dubreuil

    press up or down not the sides

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  • maria

    if yu search the word ’tilt’ then it will tilt your screen

  • boo

    google got rid of qingming :( i never got to see it…

  • cool

    try zerg rush

  • cool
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  • why

    thank you captain obvious

  • http://www.facebook.com/gyula.plesa Gyula Plesa

    go to googlemaps and ask for direction from “the shire” to “mordor” – and select to walk there….now look at the first row :))

  • Trolrus

    on the nexus you see jelly beans floating over your wall paper

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  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.c.daughtrey Megan CowboysMavs Daughtrey

    These are fun but half of them don’t work.

  • stomper67

    on the samsung galaxy3 for the firmare it showes a jellybean with antennas kinda cute…

  • Ashu

    you’ve got to pause the video

  • harry potter

    i see these harry potter jokes i think i’m with my people now

  • harry potter

    you just press down after clicking it fyi i would click it twice then it will be fullscreen and it wont be paused

  • Buddhist

    its spelled Grainger

  • Luc Granger

    Think I’m a distant relative.. Granger huh? Cool last name for sheez

  • grammarnazi

    no its not

  • pranav

    How you know this……….

  • myName

    you forgot the one about the answer to life the universe and everything being 42

    (search it on google)

  • Erik Henderson

    floating jellybeans (complete with occasional antennae) will not work with live wallpaper on. works fine with it off in 4.2

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  • LaLaLoopsy

    it isn’t, smart pants *rolls eyes*

  • Smart Gurl :D

    Also, search up “the answer to life, the universe, and everything” :D

  • HermioneLover

    Hermione Granger is the hottest chick in the world. lol

  • HermioneLover

    I’m with you bro

  • HermioneLover

    Yes

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=786029407 Sara Winchester

    #8 didn’t do anything :( my page still just has a large white space. did Google take it away like they did when you search maps for directions from The Shire to Mordor in walking distance?

  • Damien Foster

    Shire to Mordor still works

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