Google Easter Eggs are something everyone looks forward to just like they do for doodles. To ‘celebrate’ the festive season, Google has come up with a new Easter Egg called Festivus.
Fans of the popular sitcom Seinfeld will remember it as an invention of Frank Costanza. Festivus involved rituals around an undecorated aluminium pole instead of a Christmas tree. Celebrated on December 23, Festivus is supposed to be a secular holiday, a far cry from the commercialised Christmas two days later
On Festivus day, one could ‘air their grievances’ about others celebrating Christmas. It is celebrated by sitting around the festive pole and there are also wrestling matches called ‘feats of strength’ to go along with the festival.
The Festivus Easter Egg
Google has incorporated the spirit of Festivus in its Easter Egg. If you type in ‘Festivus’ in the search bar, the aluminium pole will appear in all its, well, plain glory on the left of the screen. “If you’re not big on the holidays, don’t forget there’s a Festivus for the rest of us. No tinsel, just a sturdy pole. Good luck if you’re chosen for the Feats of Strength.” A Google spokesperson said to Entertainment Weekly.
This is definitely not the first time Google has hidden surprising little Easter Eggs across their site. ‘Do a barrel roll’ and ‘let it snow’ are some of the better known and much loved Easter Eggs on Google’s search engine. T ype ‘Do a barrel roll’ into Google and voila, your screen will do a barrel roll, which means it will basically do a flip turn like how the accelerometer on an iPhone would make your page turn if you turned your phone.
The effect will even work if you type 'Z' or 'R' twice. The trick is homage to a 1997 Nintendo Game, Star Fox 64, where Peppy, the game's space rabbit tells Fox McCloud, the game's protagonist, to ‘do a barrel roll', which you make him do by pressing 'z' or 'r' twice.
Another fun Easter Egg was the ‘Zerg Rush’ that celebrated the gaming spirit. Type the words ‘zerg rush’ into the search window on Google.com. What you will see is a bunch of red and yellow Os taking over your screen, erasing what's on it and eventually forming ‘GG.’ You will see options to clear your screen or ‘Share your score.’
Also, ditching the Doodle this year, Google decided to make an Easter Egg for Valentine’s Day. An equation was discovered by Twitter user @Huckberry, which pulls up a graph on which the equation plots several functions. The result is a big blue heart. The equation is:
sqrt(cos(x))*cos(300x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(6-x^2), -sqrt(6-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5
When you copy paste that equation into the Google search window, you will get a big blue heart. The equation includes square roots, absolute values and cosines, which we learnt in school and college. You will also get an error message that says, "The function might not be plotted correctly". The equation was, of course, not written by Google, who has released various Easter Eggs from time to time.
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