Some of your favorite sites contain what are called Easter eggs –– sweet features, hidden in plain sight, that you generally have to know about or click around to find. We here at Duckboss live for this stuff, so we spend most of are day sniffing out the good stuff… Prepare to be amazed by the magic lurking beneath the surface of the websites you visit.
1. My Little Google Hangouts.
In the new version of Google Hangouts — previously GChat — type /ponystream into any chat box and then hit Enter. It will not send a message to the person you’re chatting with, but it will stream a bunch of My Little Pony ponies across your screen.
2. Going to 11 on IMDb.
On IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, visitor ratings are usually between 0 and 10. But on the movie This Is Spinal Tap, the ratings go to 11. Because 11 is one more than 10, you see.
3. Getting sophisticated on Vimeo.
On Vimeo, the video streaming site, search the word “fart.” When you do, and then scroll down, farting noises happen over your speakers. Why doesn’t this happen on duckboss? I’ve put in a request to the engineers to make it so.
Many websites have hidden secrets that can be unlocked by typing in the famous Konami Code, a relic of the original Nintendo gaming system. That code (UP-UP-DOWN-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT-B-A) will trigger special stuff on a few sites. Our favorite is BuzzFeed: Just click anywhere against the background and then, using your arrow keys and keyboard, type the Konami Code to see what BuzzFeed would be like if it featured nothing but sloths and the word “sloths.”
5. Kickstart this.
On the Kickstarter home page (Kickstarter.com), scroll to the bottom until you see the scissors. Click the scissors four times, and you’ll be rewarded with the option to sign up for a super-secret newsletter.
6. Do the YouTube Shake.
On YouTube, type in Do the Harlem Shake and then press Enter. The webpage itself will do the Harlem shake like it’s 2013 all over again.
7. Rube Goldberg’s favorite webpage.
OK, so you’re probably not visiting the Dutch shopping site http://hema.nl too often. It’s probably not one of your favorites, unless you’re really into Dutch e-commerce.
But it has an amazing Easter egg that transcends languages. Just click to http://producten.hema.nl/ and then scroll your mouse over the blue cup in the upper-right corner. Then sit back and watch the website go to work.
8. The most Wikipedia Easter egg of all time.
If you head to the Wikipedia page for “Easter egg (media),” you will find a very literal, very unexciting Easter egg in the photo to the right of the description. Just follow the instructions in the photo caption and behold what is perhaps the most underwhelming Easter egg on the Internet. But it’s still an Easter egg! A cracked, unpainted, disappointment of an Easter egg.
9. A better Wikipedia Easter egg.
OK, Wikipedia actually has a cool one: A “This page intentionally left blank” page … on the Internet. Funny!
10. The Netflix sampler.
Think you’ve seen everything on Netflix? Think again. The Huffington Post discovered this strange “Example Show,” which features 11 minutes of a man running around the Netflix campus, doing cartwheels, delivering a monologue from Shakespeare, and dribbling a soccer ball.
Netflix apparently uses it for internal testing purposes. But if you’re super, super bored, you can watch it here.
11. Boss coming!
Shouldn’t every website have this? The sports gambling website Skybet.com — along with several other gaming websites — has a tiny button in its upper-right corner that turns the page into a fake Excel spreadsheet in case your boss walks by. You can access it by touching the small button above the Facebook logo on the top right of the site.
Now if only I could get one of those on Netflix.
12. Who really reads these things?
The blogging platform WordPress, like most large websites, comes with a long, jargon-filled Terms of Service page. But WordPress’ ToS has a little surprise for those who actually read it all the way through. Check out Term #16 (“Disclaimer of Warranties”) and find the link to a special treat.
13. Breakout on Google Images.
Finally, let’s play a game: For the 37th birthday of the classic Atari game Breakout, Google constructed a version of the game in its own search platform. Go to google.com/images, and then search for the term “Atari Breakout.” Before you know it, you’ll be smashing blocks just like you did in 1976.
14. type “do a barrel roll” on a google search, you’re welcome!
15. If you are using chrome, and happen to not have internet, an “unable to connect to the internet” message will appear. hit the space bar and see if you can get a higher score that duckboss.
16. if you right click to inspect the source code on the oatmeal.com, you can expect a pterodactyle to “PTERO-YOU A NEW ASSHOLE”
17. For an eCommerce easter egg that’s also a perfect april fools day, check out ThinkGeek’s betamax convertor. It’s a fake product with some hilarious copy . Bonus: check out the product video at the bottom of the page
18. Can you spot Apple’s subtle reference to the world famous rickroll meme. Hint : Look closely at the intials in the “add a friend” image
19. Open Google Earth, Press CTRL + ALT + A try not to crash your F-16
20. Entering the Konami code on Marvels official site summons a squirrel sporting a deadpool mask
21. do a google search for recursion
22. Do a google search for zerg rush
23. search youtube for “use the force luke”
24. Search weapons of mass destruction on google, and hit I’m feeling lucky