I came across another “fun thing” to type into Google today so I thought I’d do a little research about the various tricks and games that the workers at Google have come up with over the years. With an extremely gay-friendly attitude towards its staff (e.g. Google pays homosexuals more to off-set tax inequalities; ‘gayglers’ is the collective term used to describe LGBT+ Google employers; Google has been a corporate sponsor for Prides across the world; and was publicly outspoken against Proposition 8) we can assume that at least some of these quirks were created by fellow gay geeks.
So, in no particular order:
1) Last year Google added the ability to plot graphs, which allows you to plot mathematical functions right on the Google search result page. Type this simple equation into Google and see what graph you get:
2) Always questioned Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s authenticity? Check it on Google; search ‘answer to life the universe and everything’.
3) Love Google’s street view mode? Well they’re pretty proud of it too – Search Googleplex Charleston Road in street view mode.
4) For those of you with Google Earth: Click [CTRL] + [ALT] + [A] in Google Earth to launch a Flight Simulator! Full keyboard controls can be found here.
5) If you go here: https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-klingon, you get the google homepage in Klingon.
6a) If you google directions from San Francisco to Tokyo, the suggested itinerary is to drive north to Seattle, then “kayak across the Pacific Ocean,” stopping in Hawaii on the way.
6b) Similarly, try searching for directions from ‘The Shire’ to ‘Mordor’ and change your mode of transport to walking. Read the caution.
7) Type ‘Do a barrel roll’ in the search engine. (nb. does not work in Explorer).
8) Use Google Romance to search for love 😉
9) A hidden feature that Google themselves probably never even imagined: Paste the following text into Google Translate: “pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpvpvzk kkkkk bsch”. Select German to German translation, and press “Beatbox” (the listen button). (Google has clearly embraced this discovery, replacing the Listen button with a Beatbox button.)
Let us know if you’ve got any more!