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The Best Google Easter Eggs

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Vote up the best Google Easter eggs.

Google Easter eggs are the funny, quirky and sometimes just plain weird hidden features built into Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps and other Google products. They have a keen fondness for marking special occasions, and a decorated history of April's Fool's pranks. If there was ever any doubt, let's quell it now: Google has one hell of a sense of humor.

For many of Google’s Easter eggs, the search engine acts more like a command prompt and tends to take things a bit too literally. Fret not, the results are often as hysterical as they are clever. Search for “anagram,” and it will turn up with the anagram of “anagram” in the “did you mean” section. Feel like taking a break from work to play some Pac-Man? They’ve got you covered, and you don’t even have to leave your search results.

Yes, it’s true, Google is essentially Skynet at this point. But for all of their might and despite every indication of “BIG EVIL CORPORATION,” you just can’t help but love Google. Maybe that’s part of their marketing strategy. Maybe all of these Easter eggs are just ways to keep us thinking that they’re human while the machines over in Mountain View ready the harvesters. Maybe so. But in the meantime, who doesn’t love a good Easter egg hunt. Feel free to vote for your favorite Google secrets, and make sure to share the article so the robots think you’re on their side. 

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    Google's Version of Pac-Man

    Google's Version of Pac-Man
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
    Search for "pac man" -- specifically without the hyphen --  and a playable in browser version of Pac-Man pops up.
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    Google Earth Has a Built-In Flight Simulator

    Google Earth Has a Built-In Flight Simulator
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    In Google Earth, you can access a flight simulator program by pressing CRTL + Alt + A on a Mac. 


     
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    The Google Gravity Experiment Yields Some Intereresting Results

    The Google Gravity Experiment Yields Some Intereresting Results
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Click on this link to access the Chrome Experiment called "Google Gravity," to unleash some rather interesting search effects. 

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    Google's 2018 Game Of The Year

    Google's 2018 Game Of The Year
    Photo: Google / Fair Use

    On December 18, 2018, Google released its "Game of the Year." The quiz-style game tested users on their pop culture knowledge from 2018 by having the player guess popular search trends. To start, players have to enter their name. They are then given 10 seconds to answer a multiple choice question.

    If you're lucky, you can trigger the bonus round mini-game, which has you swipe a certain direction based on how frequently something was searched on Google. Swiping left means the term wasn't a hot one compared to the last year, and swiping right means it was trending more than it was in 2017. It may sound simple, but it can prove difficult for those who aren't SEO-savvy. 

    The game also lets you post your score to social media so you can compare with friends.