Software Development

Google Easter Eggs, Pranks, & Oddities

Everyone who surfs the net knows that the folks at Google are truly innovative and are always coming up with new and exciting technological advances. However, sometimes all that creative energy turns to mischievous endeavors. Don't believe us? Well take a look at this gallery.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

36 comments
geeis
geeis

What about CADIE

rebeltag
rebeltag

Anybody notice the Real Estate listing when you search the address? "Real estate at this address: $100,000,000,000, 20000 bed, 10000 bath"

XikkeN
XikkeN

How about typing "find chuck norris" and then hit I'm Feeling Lucky?

Marty-7
Marty-7

I'm always a fan of Greg's articles, but this one was especially good. Thanx!

thewazz
thewazz

google logo changed when i did a normal search, but not when i did a search for images. a bit surprised. something to do with being taken to google images home i guess.

marquis
marquis

This article is great fun!! But definitely not for the time conscious!

jeremy
jeremy

Two other sites come to mind - along the lines of pig latin, there is a 'haxor' google -- try www.600673.com. For the enviro-friendly, the-sky-is-falling type, there is blackle (www.blackle.com), which doesn't use as much electricity -- actual usage not verified.

OLeevi
OLeevi

At the end of this street there is a vending machine with somebody putting money in it. Behind that person is a lady bending over to pet a dog and you can clearly see her thong. THANKS GOOGLE!

psmithjt
psmithjt

Google designers also display a sense of humor in other areas. Try a google search for "french military victories" and click "I'm Feeling Lucky" for an example...

comptutor
comptutor

In actuality it's accepted that a 'blue moon' is the occurance of a second full moon in a calendar month. If you check you'll see we will have a blue moon on Dec 31st of this year...

dlvangeest
dlvangeest

If you Google map "Banbury and Albrecht, Lake in the Hills, IL" you'll be looking down upon a United Airlines jet that was flying over my neighborhood.

agrajag
agrajag

Around April 1st this year I was looking at Street View photos of Northern Ireland. The orange "Street View guy" had red and blue 3d glasses on. When you clicked him the picture separated into red and blue versions like old-style 3d.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...it's not really a Google site. This is done by a third-party prankster.

jeremy
jeremy

At the intersection of Sam(p)sonsia and Monterey, a street sign is visible whereon it states the street name as 'Samsonia'. Who made the mistake? Google, the city, ...?

cheesy321
cheesy321

i have a better one that's still up. go to 778 sampsonia way, pittsburg PA and look to the right. near the building there's a guy wearing a pinata suit thats blue and yellow. its ridiculous

Falconeer
Falconeer

I'm glad the folks had the time to spare to have such fun :)

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...it's not really a Google site. This is done by a third-party prankster.

Falconeer
Falconeer

been able to find most of the 'sites' that have been mentioned. However on this particular search I did find a couple of interesting 'snaps'. Go to "504 Sampsonia Way,Pittsburgh, PA 15212" and look east. You'll see a grade/high school band walking along 2 sides of the street. Next go to the intersection of "Sampsonia Way / Monterey St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212". Look straight ahead and you'll see a guy in a green/yellow costume evidently being sick against the building. Then face north and you'll see two street workers (one in a manhole in the street). The scary thing is there appears to be no safety barricades.

brian
brian

On the way to the thong you might notice: Guy in the chicken pinata suit A marching band People being laser-ed by mad scientist Bride escaping from attic using sheets Guy dressed as "ham"

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...this is not a Google site. It is actually a fake made to look like Google. Take a look at the bottom of the page and you'll find the following disclaimer: "Parody transcripted 2003 Albino Blacksheep This Parody is not sponsored or endorsed by Google." Take a look at the address bar too. Keep in mind that when you click the I'm Feeling Lucky button, you are taken to the first site that matches your search.

andresvr13
andresvr13

Great article! I really enjoyed this, I didn't know about any of these things, very cool and funny. Thanks.

Steve N.
Steve N.

If you Google Map "306 W Broadway St, Polk City, IA" and click on street view you get a shot of the photography van driver parked at the convenience store cleaning the camera dome. If you pan up, you practically look up the guys' nose.

johndoe4024
johndoe4024

Just stretch a measuring line off the end of a runway of a large airport such as LAX or ATL. You'll find plenty.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

you stole the jet and tried to hide it in your back garden! Great shot!

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...it is spelled correctly. The "p" is a bit fuzzy at that angle, but it is indeed there.

Giley
Giley

but did you know that elgoog helped chinese users get past the censorship of Google by the Chinese government

marquis
marquis

It's quite a ways to the thong, but well worth the trip. And check out all the wall art along the way. BUT... when you get there, check out the ham(?), the giant plucked chicken, and further down the road the Samuri fighters in the park. Pittsburg must be a verry interesting city.

cartunes
cartunes

Is the name of that gas station. That actually had me LOL.