Google’s Top 10 Hidden Treasures

Tina Sieber 16-12-2008

google treasuresWhile you are still hunting down Christmas presents, we here at MakeUseOf are already getting into the mood for Easter.


No, not really! But during this stressful pre-holiday season I thought it would be a good idea to spread some laughter.

Since Google is a source for quite a bit of entertainment, I compiled a list of the coolest Google treasures. Here are April Fool’s Day jokes, Easter Eggs, bombs and more in no particular order:

1. Search Google with MentalPlex

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Of course this was an April Fool’s Day joke.

2. Search better with Google Gulp

Google's Top 10 Hidden Treasures googleeasteregg03This beta beverage will quench your thirst for knowledge!


It comes in four different flavors: Glutamate Grape, Sugar-Free Radical, Beta Carroty and Sero-Tonic Water.

Since the Google search algorithm cannot be improved, Google released this series of fruity and refreshing smart drinks with auto-drink technology. They are designed to maximize its users surfing experience by making them more intelligent and less thirsty.

Yes, this was an April Fool’s Day joke as well.

3. Search Google for Once in a Blue Moon

Google’s got humor. This is a classic calculator Easter Egg.


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4. Search Google for the Answer to Life the Universe and Everything

Even funnier, Google calculates MUCH faster than Deep Thought.

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5. Search Google for the Number of Horns on a Unicorn

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Now what I would like to know is how many unicorns are there on Earth? Unfortunately, Google doesn’t calculate THAT.

6. Look at Googleplex Charleston Road in street view mode.


Google employees organized their 15 minutes of fame. Browse around the area for more sights.

7. Look at Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh in street view mode.

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This street view was created in cooperation with Google for the Street With A View project.

8. Type about:internets into Google Chrome’s address bar

This will only work with Windows XP as Google Chrome launches the pipes screensaver inside the tab.

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Google's Top 10 Hidden Treasures googleeasteregg10The following commands will also work for other operating systems:

9. Click [CTRL] + [ALT] + [A] in Google Earth to launch a Flight Simulator

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Google has released the full keyboard controls for the Flight Simulator here.

10. Type “french military victories” into the search field and click “I’m feeling lucky

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This is a Google bomb where the creator of the above seen results page takes advantage of Google’s ranking system.

Sadly, the well-known Google bombs Failure and Chuck Norris don’t seem to work anymore. And Google also fixed its translator. But there are still lots of hilarious Google-related out there, see what we got for Google on MakeUseOf Geeky Fun.

Do you know of any other Google hidden treasures and easter eggs?

Related topics: Google, Google Chrome, Google Earth.

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  1. chris
    November 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    if you put in ''end of internet'' theres a hillaryous page.!:]

  2. barryc
    October 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

    type elgoog then hit im feeling lucky...

  3. Jackson Peebles
    January 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I'm personally a fan of [Broken Link Removed] and Google Romance.

    I thought the Tokyo directions were really funny, too.

  4. Mike
    December 27, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Google Reader used to show a link to the End of the Internet when you ran out of subscribed material.

    December 26, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Wow that was a great collection . Im almost a noob in this world wide web . all the thing you listed are really nice .

  6. munkypint
    December 23, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Unfortunately it s been discontinued. Searching "weapons of mass destruction" gave a very funny error page. The link below has it up. Worth the read. I believe the timing was just before the 2nd Gulf war. Very funny page

  7. votre nom ici
    December 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    My personal favorite:

  8. skylark
    December 21, 2008 at 8:00 am

    The calculator works in Smoots, too, but that's not really a big surprise.

  9. skylark
    December 21, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Perhaps "swim across the Atlantic" is no longer an option, but if you want to go 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.

    • Tina
      December 21, 2008 at 7:40 am

      That's hilarious!! Thanks for sharing skylark!

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 21, 2008 at 7:31 am

      Ha! Ha! That one is great! Much better than "swim across the Atlantic"!

      I'm just waiting for "walk across water" or "proceed by submarine" ;-)

  10. Jacob Ford
    December 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I love the Ted Stevens reference in the about:internets easter egg!

  11. Скачать мини-игры
    December 19, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Nice! =)))

    • Aibek
      December 19, 2008 at 7:20 pm

      "Скачать мини-игры".

      Why not to say "download mini games"? ;-)

      • mcm69
        December 24, 2008 at 10:35 am

        Because it's supposed to be a spam comment :)

        • Игры скачать
          January 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm

          Because it’s supposed to be a russian languge blog about mini-games...

  12. Jessica
    December 19, 2008 at 1:03 am

    I'm sad that you can no longer get "swim across the Atlantic" as one of the steps when you do a Google Directions search for any trans-atlantic destination. I innocently entered a search from Indiana to London just to determine the approximate distance between the two places and got a giggle out of seeing that surprise step. Google Directions doesn't seem to have that joke anymore.

    • Phabin
      December 19, 2008 at 7:17 am

      It is indeed sad that isn't there anymore, I once saw that by accident and had a laugh. But you know how it is, it's just like warning labels exist... they had to remove it because you know that some would've tried it (or already has)

  13. Łukasz
    December 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Flight simulator looks great =)

  14. Mist
    December 17, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    If you go to you can get the Google homepage in Swedish Chef. is the homepage in Klingon.

  15. Howl
    December 17, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Chuck Norris one still works. Just tried it via feeling lucky button

    • Tina
      December 17, 2008 at 8:22 am

      For me it only works when you enter "find Chuck Norris". Used to work for just "Chuck Norris" as far as I remember.

      Possibly there are differences between Google country versions.

      • Ivy
        December 25, 2008 at 4:13 am

        Actually the page that shows up isn't affiliated with Google (or so it says), it's a spoof page.

  16. Ravi
    December 16, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Perhaps there is some confusion between a genuine Google Easter Eggs or clever parsing of the search query (as in Tina's post), and Google bombing or natural ordering of results returned by Google based on their PageRank. Searches via "I'm feeling lucky" will return such results (I won't ask you explicitly to search for the once junior senator from Pennsylvania ;-)) as long as the PageRank is maintained (naturally or artificially), but not guaranteed to always be so.

    I hope that is both correct (I could be wrong!) and makes sense...

  17. Mubina
    December 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    To I_KNOW: "Worst band in the world" still works. I just tried it.

    • Tina
      December 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm

      Doesn't work for me. First hit is either a You Tube video or the urban dictionary. The latter explains what used to be the result and it no longer works.

      • harmony
        December 17, 2008 at 7:00 am

        noo... don't you see that a few lines down it says "see results for creed" ? there are no search keywords in those results, so its an egg from google saying creed is the worst band ever!!

  18. I_KNOW
    December 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Chuck Norris and Worst Band in the World "tricks" no longer work as described. They were fixed quite some time ago. I think there must be lots of hidden gems in Google that we just don't know about yet... let's find them all!

    • Lovik
      December 19, 2008 at 1:01 am

      both of them still work i have tried it just now..

  19. Michelle
    December 16, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    these are hilarious :) thanks for sharing

  20. Michelle
    December 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    they took it away, but for a couple of years you could type "miserable failure" and click "I'm feeling lucky" and you would get the biography of George W. Bush

  21. Speedmaster
    December 16, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    LOL, some good stuff in there. ;-)

  22. Ben
    December 16, 2008 at 11:37 am

    If you search for:
    find Chuck Norris

    And hit the "I'm feeling lucky button", Google returns this:
    "Google won't search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don't find Chuck Norris, he finds you."

    • Mike
      December 27, 2008 at 6:27 am

      doesn't work now

      • dazz
        September 12, 2009 at 7:10 am

        u hv to type, "where is chuck norris" and then hit im feeling lucky

      • Dina
        October 21, 2009 at 10:52 am

        The chuck norris search queary works on the "i'm feeling lucky" search button.. I just tried it.. pretty funny..

    • xenon
      September 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm

      That's not google though, just the first link returned.

  23. deepikaur
    December 16, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Here's one.. type this into Google and hit enter:

    worst band in the world

    • Simon Mills
      December 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm

      lol, nice!

  24. Matt Brian
    December 16, 2008 at 10:38 am

    The about:internets one had me laughing, I didn't know that one.