Monday, January 27, 2014

Have Some Fun With Google, Gmail and YouTube

Many of us are aware of search engine giant "Google", email service "Gmail", and video-sharing website "YouTube". Today I am going to write about some of the fun we can do with Google, Gmail and YouTube. As there are lots of fun things we have done with Google and tried with various searches with google but here are some more funny things you probably haven't given a try once. Just try share it with your friends.

Fun with Google
Google has added some Easter eggs to its products and services. Check these out!
  1. Search "Do a barrel roll" or "z or r twice" on only Google and the screen will do a 360 spin.
  2. Searching for "askew" or "tilt" using Google will cause the search results to be displayed at a slight angle.
  3. Searching for "zerg rush" causes a bunch of Google "o"s to attack the result page and eventually destroy it but the user can fight back by clicking them. After destroying the results the "o"s then arrange themselves into two capital 'G's.
  4. Searching for "kerning" will increase the spacing between every letter in the word kerning by 1 pixel whenever it shows up in the search results page. Conversely, searching for "keming" (a common example of unfortunate kerning) will decrease the spacing between letters of the word when it shows up in the search results page.
  5. Type any actor's name followed by "bacon number" to get the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon value.
  6. Searching for "Recursion" will result in Google asking if the user meant "Recursion."
  7. Doing a Google Image search for "Atari Breakout" will launch a playable version of Breakout using the image results.
  8. Searching for "Binary", "Octal", or "Hexadecimal" converts the number of results to binary, octal, or hexadecimal, respectively.
  9. Searching for "Conway's Game of Life" produces the Life simulation described by Conway.
  10. Searching for "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood" produces a vocal response of another tongue twister "A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood"
  11. Searching for "Christmas" returns a blue, Christmas background.
  12. Searching for "Kwanzaa" returns a green, Kwanzaa background.
  13. Searching for "Festivus" places a Festivus pole in the left side of the window.
  14. Searching for "Santa Claus" or "Christmas decorations" places an animation of a snowy landscape with Santa Claus and his reindeer riding across the top of the search results. On Christmas Eve, a map will appear where Santa is currently located.
  15. Searching for "anagram" results in the search engine asking "Did you mean: nag a ram" ("nag a ram" is an anagram of the word "anagram")
  16. Searching for "Google in 1998" results in a 1998 Google search screen appearing in place of the current Google search screen. Clicking on the first result will bring the user to the Wayback Machine's version of Google from 1998. However, clicking I'm Feeling Lucky will go to a Mashable article about the easter egg.
  17. Searching for "Google Pacman" has a playable version of the game appear on the screen.
  18. Selecting the "I'm Feeling Lucky" without typing anything in, it will display past Google logos.
  19. In Chrome, Google's Web browser, entering "about:internets" into the address bar brings up a copy of the Windows Screen Saver 3D Pipes, with the title "Don't Clog the Tubes". In the event that this does not occur due to the fact that the screensaver file does not exist in the system, the browser will instead display a gray screen with the title "The Tubes are Clogged!" This has been removed as of the release.

Fun with Gmail
  1. On Gmail, if the background is set to "Ninja" press SHIFT+CTRL+F1 and the ninja will send an automatic email saying 'Hello' to everyone in the user's contacts.
  2. You may already know this (I just found out myself) but Gmail supports plus-addressing. In other words, you can send an email to and it'll be delivered to As it turns out, gmail also ignores any periods in the username so will go to as will

Fun with YouTube
  1. Holding down the left and up arrow while pausing or watching a video caused a game of Snake to launch. This could also be done by pressing the right arrow instead of the left one. This was actually a result of two steps; pressing the up arrow while a video is loading launches the game, while pressing the left arrow forces the video to rewind and load momentarily, thus allowing the game to launch. Since the 2013 update, this no longer works, and now only works by pressing down while buffering instead.
  2. As of November 2013, searching for "doge meme" on YouTube, changes the font on the search result page to pastel color Comic Sans.
  3. If a user right clicks on a YouTube video it gives one of the options in the Context menu is "stats for nerds".
  4. If you click to the side of a video and type in "1980" and press enter, a game of missile command will begin. If too many meteoroids hit the bottom, the video will "break" and stop playing.
  5. Putting in the search box "do the harlem shake" will cause the page to do the Harlem Shake. It can be muted and paused.

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