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If you have clicked on this article hoping to regale us with tales of chocolate, bunnies, and chocolate bunnies, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck. This week’s We Ask You is all about the kind of Easter eggs that are hidden in computer software, in video games, and on websites. Yes, the geeky kind.

Evocative Easter Eggs

We want to know, What’s The Best Easter Egg You Have Ever Seen?

Easter eggs of the kind we’re keen to discuss, are, for the uninitiated, those hidden messages, inside jokes, and strange little tricks inserted into something by its designers or developers. They’re buried within the object in question just waiting to be found by someone else. Or at least that’s the intention.

These Easter eggs crop up in all kinds of weird and wonderful places, including the many forms of technology we’re interested in here on MakeUseOf. Cheat codes in video games, pop culture references in computer programs, photos of the development team in operating systems, and formatting fun in search engines. Hell, even Cortana gets in on the action Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant Cortana is the best reason to upgrade your Windows Phone early. Microsoft's answer to Siri offers great features and will make you laugh. Read More , as can be seen in the video below.

These are just a few examples, but there are many more. We have previously detailed some of the best Easter eggs you can experience, with 10 cool software Easter eggs 10 Cool Software Easter Eggs To Discover 10 Cool Software Easter Eggs To Discover Read More , 10 surprising operating system Easter eggs 10 Fun & Surprising Operating System Easter Eggs 10 Fun & Surprising Operating System Easter Eggs Find hidden hilarity and otherwise odd stuff, built right into the operating system you're using. They're hiding in plain site, in software you use every day, and when you find them you'll be delighted –... Read More , and 10 Google Easter eggs you may have missed Ten Google Easter Eggs You Missed Somehow Ten Google Easter Eggs You Missed Somehow While technology is cold, it's still made by humans. Where there's a human, there's a sense of humor. Often, engineers slip a fun secret into their code — an Easter Egg. Read More . Because these things come in multiples of 10, apparently.


Now that you know exactly what we’re talking about, and have several articles to read that are bulging full of examples, you can answer the question by commenting below. We don’t expect you to have actually discovered any of these Easter eggs for yourselves, just to have seen them in action. For real though, not just in a YouTube video such as the one seen here.

The ultimate aim is to compile a list of the best Easter eggs of all time. But to be able to do that we need your help. Simply comment below telling us all about the best Easter egg you have ever seen and how you came to be aware of it.

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  1. Guy
    November 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Check out Google's webdriver torso. Type webdriver torso into the search field and the Google logo turns into some sort of Mondrian animated gif.

    webdriver torso also has it's own YouTube channel which, if I've figured it out, automatically posts a new video every time someone searches webdriver torso, and the video is as long as they leave they leave the search result on their screen.

    Make sure you turn your volume down before watching any of the webdriver torso videos. They are accompanied by annoying random beeps and bloops.

  2. Jim B.
    October 26, 2014 at 3:10 am

    The flight simulator easter egg in Microsoft Excel is my all time favorite.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      That looks awesome. How did you hear about this one?

  3. karim
    October 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Do a barrel roll > on Google :

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Good one!

  4. Doomstar64
    October 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    when you have a chromebook and you do Shift + Ctrl + Alt + Refresh and whatever tab you have open spins,

  5. Guy
    October 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    And in case you think the Vegreville Easter Egg isn't a computer Easter Egg...

    "To Build a Pysanka: Professor Resch, computer scientist at the University of Utah,was responsible for the entire Pysanka concept which required the development of new comptuer programs. The Pysanka is really an immense jigsaw puzzle containing 524 star patterns, 2,208 equilateral triangles, 3,512 visible facets, 6,978 nuts and bolts, and 177 internal struts. The Pysanka is recognized around the world as not only a unique artistic masterpiece but also an achievement of nine mathematical, architectural and engineering firsts. The design represents the first computer modeling of an egg."

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      That may just be the geekiest Easter egg mentioned in this thread. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I'm impress nonetheless :)

  6. Guy
    October 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    You should see the size of the one in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada! I stood next to it once.

    Vegreville Pysanka

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      That is indeed a giant Easter egg... I guess I deserved it lol.

    • Rachel Farr
      November 4, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Glad you go to stop by and see the Pysanka Guy -
      Quick Facts: It measures 25.7 feet long, 18 feet wide, and stands 31 feet high. The 2,000 pound aluminum skin is attached to the central mast at a 30-degree angle with 177 turnbuckle struts. Cessco International Ltd. Edmonton, fabricated the massive internal structure which weighs 3,000 pounds. The Pysanka rests on a 27,000 pound base of concrete and steel and turns in the wind like a weathervane. It is one of the premier tourist attractions on the Yellowhead Highway and is known worldwide. AND its the 40th anniversary of the Pysanka this year :)

    • Guy
      November 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Rachell, glad to promote it.

      Vegreville is a nice town and people should visit. The Pysanka is a true work of art, science, and culture. It has to be seen live to truly appreciate it. The history of Ukrainian Canadians in the Prairies is a story that all Canadians should hear about.

      But really, how can you compete with the Mundare Sausage? :)

  7. callum
    October 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    All the Google Easter Eggs - Zerg Rush, Barrel roll, MELIZA, and Atari Breakout being particular favourites!

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Oh, they're goodies. The MELIZA one is new to me, so thank you :)

    • callum
      October 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      I'm not sure if it's still there, but at one point if you went to Mars on Google Earth, then searched for MELIZA, there was a small chat bot AI that you could talk to.

  8. KT
    October 23, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Mortal Kombat 2: The hidden character Noob Saibot was game designer Boon Tobias spelled backwards. That was probably the first one I found.

    • I Correct People
      October 23, 2014 at 6:10 am

      No, Noob Saibot was named after Mortal Kombat's creators, John Tobias and Ed Boon.

    • KT
      October 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      D'oh! My bad. Still an Easter egg.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Regardless, it's still an Easter egg, and a good one too. Thanks to both of you.

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