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17 of the coolest hidden Google tricks

Google is awesome. Yes, there have been questions raised about its new privacy policy and creepy Safari tracking and frankly, it just knows way too much about everyone who has ever created a Google account. But let’s put that aside for a moment and focus on all its cool quirks, shall we?

They’re built into practically every Google product — if you look hard enough, you’ll find that entering the right search term or typing a code can make Google collapse, spin or create fictional characters. Here are 15 easter eggs (hidden, entertaining things developers build into a website or program) for you to discover the next time you’re Googling.

1. Walking to Mordor:


If you’ve ever watched The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (or just seen various versions of the meme) you may never stop laughing at this Google Maps quirk (or maybe it’s just me). If you try to get walking directions from “The Shire” or “Rivendell” to “Mordor” (just type in the words and ignore all the auto-complete suggestions that pop up), Google will give you the route… and a warning. In other news, according to my Google Maps, Mordor is located just outside Cape Town, South Africa. Nice.

2. Barrel roll:

barrel roll

Endlessly entertaining, this one trended worldwide on Twitter in November. Simply search “do a barrel roll” — if you have Google’s instant results functions enabled, your results page will be spinning before you’ve completed the instruction.

3. 42:


What is 42, you ask? Geez, it’s only the answer to life, the universe and everything. Ok, so if you’ve never read or watched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you won’t get this one. But Google’s built-in calculator will.

4. Gravity:


If, by any chance, you feeling like searching “Google gravity” and hitting “I’m feeling lucky”, don’t be surprised if Google comes crashing down around you the second you move the mouse. (Hint: you can disable Google’s instant results in your account preferences page to make sure you get the ‘I’m feeling lucky’ option).

5. Recursion:


Google pokes fun at its own “did you mean” suggestions if you search recursion (repetition or returning) by questioning your spelling even though you didn’t make a mistake.

6. Klingon:


So “GoogleDaq ylnej” means “Google search”. Hmmm. Who knew? Well, you, if you speak Klingon. Yes, there is a Klingon version of Google. There is also a pirate and Elmer Fudd version, if that’s more your thing.

7. Kerning:


Designers will love this one — kerning is the spacing between letters in a word. When you do a search for kerning, Google changes the spaces between letters in the word ‘kerning’ in all the results. Heehee. You see what they did there?

8. Hello, Nessy:

lochness monster

Picture this: You’re working under a tight deadline, your clock is slowly counting the minutes past 3AM and your coffee and Red Bull combo is failing. The sleep deprivation is starting to affect you — you are starting to see things. You click to your home page, and there, rising gracefully from the dark waves in your iGoogle theme, is the Lochness Monster.

No, you’re not hallucinating — you really did see Nessy. If you are ever awake and online at 3:14 AM (those are the first three digits in Pi, by the way), and have the iGoogle beach theme installed, Nessy will come to visit for a minute. If you’re not an insomniac, you can always just change the timezone on your computer and in your iGoogle settings and just wait until 14 minutes past the hour (I was in Bangkok last night, as far as Google knows). Unfortunately, it looks like the monster will be no more after iGoogle is retired in November 2013.

9. Nagging Rams:


Similar to the ‘recursion’ response, if you search for ‘anagram’ (rearranging the letters in a word to make a new word or phrase, in case you didn’t know), Google rearranges the letters to suggest you were really searching for ‘nag a ram’.

10. Antarctic Penguins:


If you ever want to creep the Antarctic on Google Maps, you may be surprised to find the little orange peg man you drag and drop to change to Google Street View has transformed into a fat little penguin. Awwww.

11. Doodles:


What do you get if you don’t actually search for anything, and just hit ‘I’m feeling lucky’? A catalogue of all the Google doodles — all the way back to 1998. There were just three in that year — there have already been 69 in 2012.

12. Konami ninja:


If you type in the Konami code (a cheat code used in Konami games) in Google Reader, the side panel will turn blue and a cute ninja will appear on the left of your screen. Use your arrow keys and keyboard to enter the code — it’s up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, followed by the letters B and A. Like iGoogle’s Nessy, this one is going away after Reader is retired in July 2013.

13. Street View team:

street view

Ever wanted to see the people who work at Google doing cool things like Google Street View? Well, if you hop along to the back of the Google offices in Mountain View, you can see them all.

14. Laundry:


There are a lot of things Gmail can do for you — filter spam, flood you with ads, apply a plethora of pretty coloured labels to your messages — but, as yet, it can’t do your laundry.  However, it is an option on the ‘suggest a feature’ page for Gmail.

15. Pacman:


It started out as a Google doodle to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Pacman in 2010, but the Google Pacman game was so popular, it was given a permanent home.

16. Zerg rush:

Zerg rush

Google “zerg rush” and prepare to defend your browser against hordes of the letter ‘o’ in Google’s logo, which will start to destroy your search results. They’re apparently undefeatable, but you can try to fight them off by clicking on them and share your high score on Google +. For those who aren’t familiar with StarCraft, a ‘zerg rush’ is a tactic where swarms of aliens known as ‘zergs’ descend in multitudes in order to overwhelm their enemies.

17. You’ll never find Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris google

Because Chuck Norris jokes never get old, there is a warning hidden in Google search results to ward off those who dare to attempt to find him. Just search ‘find Chuck Norris’ and hit ‘I’m feeling lucky’ and you’ll see what I mean.


Still not convinced that Google is awesome? Maybe our new list (of 13 more cool hidden Google tricks) will be able to persuade you. We’ve also put together a few videos showing you how some of our favourite mobile and Maps tricks work:

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More


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  2. Dirkie Meyer

    March 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The guess on mordor was quite good, only that it’s located in Hatfield, Pretoria (South Africa) – The student capital. Drop Zone has been given the nickname of ‘Mordor’, always being the last club you’ll visit when you go drinking in Pretoria. No matter how hard you try, you’ll always end up there at 4am. What happens in Mordor… stays in Mordor.

  3. Ant Sims

    March 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Probably located above Gandalf’s where Mordor used to be…

  4. Yahya

    March 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    There’s also a ‘Moria’ in South Africa, located in the Limpopo province, where the ZCC holds its annual Easter gathering….

  5. cyberlion

    March 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    JRR Tolkien, tehe author, was from south africa. so that makes sense….google nerds :P

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  7. Kreshna

    April 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    try goolging “askew”

  8. Colematheson

    April 6, 2012 at 7:05 am

    also google food

  9. ihavenoideaforaname

    April 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    how do u do the konami ninja one?

  10. Alexandra V.H.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    try googling tilt

  11. justanswering

    April 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    in google reader press: UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A…. then you got it

  12. Stephanie Sankar

    April 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    google is  awesome!!<3

  13. Belshy

    April 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    that didnt work for me

  14. Mandy44

    April 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    cool tricks thanks

  15. traew11

    April 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Aussome tricks very nice tricks

  16. senti

    April 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I think more cool tricks

  17. mashable tricks

    April 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    very cooooooolllll i like it

  18. mashable

    April 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    mashable tricks i like it

  19. emma

    April 26, 2012 at 4:28 am

     google find chuck norris

  20. Gavin Russell

    April 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    awesome ++++++

  21. dualscr33n

    April 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    type in “konami code” in the search first, press enter… then do the code

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  23. Lalala

    May 5, 2012 at 3:20 am

    That didn’t work for me

  24. Lalala

    May 5, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Type in, let it snow, and google it

  25. Nathan Duckett

    May 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    try googoth and hit im feeling lucky

  26. David Kline

    May 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

     just do the code, you dont have to search for anything

  27. elizabeth diaz

    May 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

    the code will not work for me

  28. Blahblahblah

    May 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    type in google sphere andclick im feeling lucky

  29. kirsty

    May 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

    the chuck norris thing didnt work for me

  30. kirsty

    May 15, 2012 at 6:41 am

    go to gogologo click im feeling lucky then type your name then press enter

  31. Human-dictionary

    May 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I’ve no chance to click “I’m feeling lucky” cause it always go to another web page whenever i type something. :(

  32. Kl91590

    May 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    If you hover over the drop downlist to the right of the options you can click I’m Feeling Lucky

  33. experimentsteam

    May 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

    turn off google instant

  34. experimentsteam

    May 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

    you have to write ‘find chuck norris’ and hit im feeling lucky

  35. DAVID

    May 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm


  36. CookiemonsterXx530

    May 20, 2012 at 1:11 am

    type let it snow in google then click I’m feeling lucky

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  38. Jake Sylvester Sorce

    May 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    type in ascii art and look at the google image at the top left 

  39. Ayearkey

    May 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

     You can change your search settings.
    to Google.com and click on the search settings. Make sure your Google
    Instant predictions is set to “never show instant results”. NOW go back
    to the Google search page and type in: “Find Chuck Norris.” Now push the
    “I’m Feelin’ Lucky” button. Then laugh.

  40. Jennifer

    May 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Go to search settings after you search something!(:

  41. Briedw911

    May 28, 2012 at 6:21 am

    they forgot about lol lime wire :DD

  42. Deh Rodrigues

    May 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    At the results page there is a setting buttom on the right corner, click to set options.
    Then you turn off Google Instant . Problem solved!

  43. Guest

    May 31, 2012 at 1:14 am

     if you go to google and then type something in when the screen pops up go to your settings which should be on the right hand side under sign in if you click on it and go to search settings scroll down and under google instant predictions click never show instant results and then scroll down some more and click on the save button and then if you ever go to google again you can type in something and you’ll always have the chance to click i’m feeling lucky

  44. pasindu@blogtricks

    June 3, 2012 at 6:51 am

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  45. t dog

    June 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    You have to do it in google reader

  46. Eevee In

    June 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    turn instant results off :|

  47. Elijah Joseph Evans

    June 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

    type in epic google

  48. Oo

    June 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

    http://mrdoob.com/92/Google_Gravity  it is just another website.

  49. People

    June 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm


  50. JEDE

    June 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm


  51. gallito

    June 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    it dosent work :(

  52. Amin Motiwala

    June 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Superb Collection. Loved the post

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  53. Sparkle

    June 29, 2012 at 12:37 am

    All you have to do is type in what ever your looking for but dont press enter or click it just go over it and it will say “I’m Feeling Lucky”

  54. freesnacher

    July 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I honestly like most but the best is the gravity 1

  55. Freesnacher

    July 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    well some but just type in Google gravity then u will see it below before you even typed in gravity go to the side of it and you will see im feeling lucky at the right side click on that and you will luv it

  56. Lucianxp12

    July 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    When you use google gravity try to search something . Sorry for my English.

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  59. prajwal

    July 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    just click the first/top one
    it means the same

  60. Prudy

    July 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    You can :)

  61. nicehere89

    July 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Those were really nice to me :) thanks for sharing such nice Google Tricks :)

  62. Fenz

    July 21, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Where are the search settings?

  63. saidecors

    August 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  64. R-Girl

    August 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I tried the lord of the rings thing and it didn’t work

  65. lolzer

    August 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    love it laughed and laughed

  66. Munna

    September 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    the 17th trick is not working. When I am searching Chuck Norris on google it showing results.

  67. uttam

    September 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    u can just start typing it will go to another page….then roll mouse over results on search windows to right side ..

    you can use im feeling lucky

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  69. Skylar

    September 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I love the PAC-man one!

  70. bih

    October 3, 2012 at 4:44 am

    you for got google gangster google emo google gothis and elgoog

  71. Jake Weldon

    October 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Search Chuck Norris in your Google Documents :P

  72. Guest

    October 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Did that. Now I’m fat. Thanks.

  73. jaideep singh

    October 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google_gravity/ just check this link ,its where it finally end up

  74. anonymus

    October 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Some are good i like it but some are worst
    dont work
    not finding beach theme and who is nessey all is folks :p

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  76. Apple

    December 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    i tried chuck norris and it showed him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. FradFamper

    December 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    lol i like that of chuck norris

  78. CatKittyLover

    January 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Man, that Mordor thing is SO not working. Grr.

  79. CatKittyLover

    January 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Did you click “I’m Feeling Lucky”?

  80. CatKittyLover

    January 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I did. I laughed. XD

  81. CatKittyLover

    January 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm


  82. CatKittyLover

    January 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    you can also type in “where is chuck norris”.

  83. CatKittyLover

    January 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Lol. The o’s ate the search results…then they did this “GG” thing…

    BTW, for zerg rush I used each page of results as a different level.

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  85. Gaurav Sharma

    January 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I was surprised not to see the “define:” prefix in there. I constantly use Google as a dictionary. Just open the browser, hit CTRL+K, then type in something like:

    define: pizza

    Also visit : Bigrock domaim importance

  86. Elvie

    January 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    For the latest trick, you also are connected as “walker@rangers.tx.gov “

  87. lol

    March 4, 2013 at 1:15 am

    yeah but if you dont space after wards and you move you mouse next to the correct item on the list it will show up

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