Sunday, April 01, 2007

Google and Easter Eggs

It seems appropriate on April Fool's Day and the week before Easter to talk about Google and Easter Eggs.

You may have noticed I'm a bit of a Google fan, and try to learn as much as possible about how to take full advantage of Google for genealogy searching. Genealogy Google Search Ideas

But I also enjoy the sense of humor that Google as a company has. Google has some surprises known as Easter Eggs which are hidden and unexpected features.

So in honor of Easter and April Fool's Day, here are some Google Easter Eggs I have found. There is no point in me describing these features. Easter Eggs have to be experienced, so be sure to click on each one. Enjoy!

Hint: You may have to be signed into your Google account to see some of these features.

  • Google Moon

    Google says: In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we’ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing. And if you zoom in far enough, you can see something that we all suspected all along!

  • Use Google Maps for to get directions from Boston to Calais and get a surprising instruction. Take a look at the 9th direction on these Google Directions . Phew!

  • Enter answer to life the universe and everything into the Google search box and Google calculator will give you the fictional answer. You have to be a fan of Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to get the joke, and it appears that some of the Googlers are.

  • New Themes for Google Personalized Pages . I choose the beach theme which dynamically changes to match my time of day. Very cool! But look carefully at this image to see who appears on my theme at 3:14 A.M. I'll give a little hint - it befits anyone with Scottish ancestry. Most of the themes have their own Easter Egg. Happy April Fool's Day!

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