Google is an indispensable tool these days. The internet contains the sum of all human knowledge and more cat videos than have any right to exist and Google is by far the most common tool we use to access all of it. Need to find a good recipe for Bananas Foster? Or maybe you need instructions on how best to extinguish a kitchen fire? Or how about tracking down a quality contractor that can remodel a fire-damaged apartment? All of this information and much, much more is at our fingertips, and all we have to do is search for it on "the Google," as all of our grandmothers call it.
But "the Google" is more than just an online how-to directory and a sounding board for the stupidest questions humanity can come up with. It's also one of the largest companies on earth. So it might come as somewhat of a surprise, then, to find that the tech behemoth has a wry sense of humor. Most of you were probably first exposed to the softer side of Google through its many Doodles, whimsical drawings and animations that the company creates which replace the standard logo on their homepage several times a month. Others have probably been caught off-guard by one of the search giant's infamous April Fools' jokes, such as job postings for a research center on the moon or their "scratch and sniff" search results.
The company is also famous for the subtle, often pop culture-inspired Easter eggs embedded all over its search results. Some are hard to find; some are fairly obvious; but all are there to make users smile and procrastinate. The following list is proof that even the biggest of companies can still have a playful side.
11 Something's a Little Off
10 Around and Around and Around
9 9 ...And We All Fall Down
8 "Do a Barrel Roll"
6 Nag a Ram?
5 "Zerg Rush"
4 The Lonliest Number
3 Play Snake on Youtube
1 And Now the Feats of Strength
Longtime fans of the classic sitcom Seinfeld will no doubt remember George Costanza's father Frank had a non-trivial aversion to the commercialization of Christmas. So, he created his own holiday: Festivus. One of the core tenets of the holiday was a bare aluminum pole, which served as a symbolic counterpart to the Christmas tree. A simple Google search for "Festivus" returns a similarly unadorned pole on the lefthand side of the results page, reminding us all that there will always be "a Festivus for the rest of us!"
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