25 Awesome Google Tricks and Easter Eggs

Designers at Google are mostly self-professed nerds, but that doesn’t stop them from having a good sense of humor. Among the billions of things you can search for in Google, the designers have hidden some tricks, hoaxes, and Easter eggs. Ever been frustrated with the limited transit options (e.g. car, public transit, bicycle) in Google Maps? Take a dragon. Feel that Google search isn’t right for your personality? Use its interface as a pirate instead. To find these and more, check out this list of 25 awesome Google tricks and Easter eggs.

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A barrel roll in such a well-known part of the Starfox video game, typing "do a barrel roll" into Google causes the page to, well, do a barrel roll.

starfox barrel rollSource: Cnet, Image: Cyber6x via YouTube

You'll know "what is the loneliest number" if you have listened to Three Dog Night or if you just search it in Google.

person alone on swingSource: Portent, Image: Pixabay

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has become an iconic novel and film. Google built in a trick to recognize its popularity - search for "answer to life the universe and everything" from the book. (Hint: The answer to life the universe and everything is 42.)

The_Hitchhiker's_Guide_to_the_Galaxy,_42Source: Cnet, Image: Wikimedia

Know the phrase "once in a blue moon"? Type it into Google to find out how often a blue moon occurs.

pig flying by blue moonSource: Cnet, Image: sammydavisdog via Flickr

To travel around Wales quicker - notably from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons - map out these points in Google Maps and you could save three hours by taking a dragon from the Snowdonia Dragon Station. Let us know when you find it.

Joris_en_de_Draak_-_DragonSource: Cnet, Image: Wikimedia

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