Total Nerd 20+ Hidden Easter Eggs in Mac OS X That Will Blow Your Mind  

Zachary James Niblick
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Mac users already know that the good folks over at Apple can be a bit of a wily bunch. We’re all familiar with the “I’m a PC and I’m a Mac” ads, and they've built up a reputation for cleverness -- if not cockiness. This sentiment was certainly not lost on the developers of the Mac and OS X, from the original crew way back when up until even the latest models. Apple has loaded their beloved Macintosh brand with enough Easter eggs, hidden features, and cool secrets to keep any wandering eye satisfied; some are buried deep within the computer’s command prompts, some are simply hiding in plain sight, and others can be found in iOS, too.

Some of these secrets are simple little nods and homages to the dev teams of old or even the late Steve Jobs himself. Did you know that his signature glasses actually made an appearance in the iOS 7 update? Other secrets are a little harder to find, and require certain inputs in the Terminal to access. Don’t worry, we’ll get you to them and show you how to find Mac Easter eggs that will make your Apple experience extra fun, and help you procrastinate work (want to play some Tetris?!).

These are some of the most mind-blowing Easter eggs hidden throughout both your current Mac and Mac computers of old, and we’ve dug them all up just for you. As always, leave a comment with any Mac Easter eggs you’d like us to see and upvote the coolest Mac secret features below!

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PCs Connected on the Shared Network Display the Blue Screen of Death


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If you open your "Shared Network" in Finder when a PC is connected, you'll notice that the screens on the PC icons show the classic "Blue Screen of Death," an error that pops up when PCs crash. This is a clear nod to Apple and Microsoft's longstanding rivalry.
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Your Mac Features a Mrs. Fields Cookies Recipe


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You can find a hidden recipe - along with some rather cheeky commentary - for Mrs. Fields Cookies if you type "open /usr/share/emacs/22.1/etc/COOKIES" into the Terminal.
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The TextEdit Icon Has Some Words for Kate


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In the TextEdit app, you'll notice that the icon is a very tiny, albeit filled out, piece of notebook paper. If you magnify the app icon, you'll find a letter to "Kate." The text of the letter is a reference to Apple's "Think Different" ad campaign from the mid '90s.
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You Can Play Pong, Tetris, and Snake on Your Mac


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Open up the Terminal (inside the "Utilities" folder) and type "emacs" without the quotes. Then press the Esc key and the x key at the same time. From that point, you can type either "tetris," "snake," or "pong" (also without the quotes) and it will launch a rudimentary form of each game.
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