Sunday, 20 April 2014

10 Cool Internet Easter Eggs (Part 4)

Another selection of hidden internet tricks...


An artist's impression of an Easter egg
(non-internet variety).
As it's Easter I figured it would be the ideal time to round-up another selection of weird tricks and novelties (commonly known as Easter eggs) found hidden on various websites.

This latest batch includes Easter eggs inspired by Doctor Who, Star Wars, the end of the world and even myself, Charles Fudgemuffin!  So read on to discover the latest selection of Easter eggs found hidden around the internet...


1) Doctor Who's Tardis spotted on Google Maps


First up is an Easter egg found on Google Maps which Doctor Who fans will appreciate.  If you go to Earls Court Road in London you'll notice a police telephone box which looks suspiciously like the Tardis.  If you hover your mouse over this telephone box and then press the 'up' arrow on your keyboard, you'll be transported inside of the Tardis!

You can find the exact map co-ordinates of the police telephone box at the following link:
Doctor's Who's Tardis spotted on Google Maps


2) "Use the force, Luke!"


Luke Skywalker isn't the only one who can use the force...
In previous posts I've included a couple of Star Wars themed Easter eggs, so here's another cool Star Wars Easter egg which this time can be found on YouTube.  Simply go to YouTube and type 'use the force, Luke' into the YouTube search box, then concentrate really hard for a few seconds and the power of the force should start having an effect on the screen.  If your jedi skills are really advanced then you can also try moving the cursor...
"Use the force, Luke!"


3) Underwater Google


Thanks to a special agreement I negotiated, you can find a really cool 'Charles Fudgemuffin' themed Easter Egg on Google Hong Kong* and at the time of writing it's still active.  It's a watery themed Easter Egg, and you can check it out if you go to the following link and then search for 'Charles Fudgemuffin' in the search box:
Underwater Google

* Google.com were out of my budget!

As you can see it produces search results which are somewhat different from the usual Google search engine, and you can also search for 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' for a similar effect.  Also, if you click the 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button (it's in Chinese script but it's the usual right sided button under the search box), then you really will be lucky as a gold coin and other treasures will drop into the water.

N.B. Of course there was no special arrangement between Charles Fudgemuffin and Google Hong Kong (that was just a bluff) and in actual fact this Easter egg works with any search term.  Try it with 'shark', 'fish' and 'octopus' for appropriately ocean themed photos.


Turn up the volume.

4) Volume to 11!


This next one is just a small gesture, but it's one that older readers, and fans of Spinal Tap in particular, may appreciate.  On the Internet Movie Database website you can find reviews for every movie and as you would expect each movie also has a rating out of ten.

However, as a nice touch, the rating for 'This Is Spinal Tap' goes up to 11.
This Is Spinal Tap on IMDB


5) "You're not getting in without ID."


I love this next Easter egg for the pure silliness of it.  If you want to check out Black Acre Brewing Company's website then of course you have to be old enough to drink, so showing a sense of responsibility, Black Acre Brewing Co have built a 'Are You Over 21?' question into their website before you are allowed to browse their content.  However, if you click that you are under 21, an unexpectedly bizarre event occurs:
Click the 'Under 21' button




6) Money back offer if the world is destroyed...


An Easter Egg I featured in an earlier post was the 'Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet?' website, which delivers the message, 'Nope.'*1  However, if you take a look at the source code*2 for that website it includes an interesting offer in the event that the website gets it wrong and the world actually is destroyed.  Click the following link to go to the website, then press 'Control + U' to view the html source code and scroll down to the bottom of the code to see the message:
hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com

*1  As of the current time, but information is subject to change.
*2  To view the html source code for any webpage just press 'Control + U'.  It's the same shortcut key whether you're using Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome.


7) Strike a pose!


A hat model strikes a pose.
On the UK Vogue website there's a pretty cool hidden Easter egg which is triggered by typing the Konami code.  For those who don't know, the Konami code is 'up up down down left right left right b a' and after typing the code make sure you keep the 'a' pressed.   After a few seconds a model will appear sporting the latest in hat fashion, and I have to say it's good to see Vogue doing their bit to support diversity by using a non-conventional model.
Go to Vogue UK and type the Konami code

N.B.  You can try this several times and each time the 'hat model' will be wearing a different hat.


8) You've been Rickrolled


For those who don't know, Rickrolling in the act of posting a link on a forum or website pretending to be a serious link to a relevant subject, but instead the link actually redirects the user to Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up video on YouTube.  It's a stupid prank, but it's a very popular one, and over the years variations on the 'Rickrolling theme' have developed.  For example, Digg.com have got in on the action with a Rickrolling themed Easter egg hidden in their website.  To unlock the Easter egg all you have to do once again is type the Konami code ('up up down down left right left right b a'):
Go to Digg.com and type the Konami code


A regular egg.  Not as nice as
an Easter egg, but still quite nice.

9) Hidden Easter eggs galore on this next website


This next website has really gotten into the spirit of things and included quite a lot of hidden Easter Eggs, so check out the site and see if you can find the Easter Eggs for yourself...
See if you can find the hidden Easter Eggs on this website


10) Play-Doh special effects


Finally, Google have embedded a really cool Easter Egg into all blogs which use their 'blogger' service.  If you post the comment 'Play-Doh was originally invented as a wallpaper cleaner' as a reply to any blog post then you get a colourful special effects show involving a Play-Doh animation.  It only works on blogs hosted by Google, i.e. any blog which has the word 'blogspot' in its address, such as this blog, charlesfudgemuffin.blogspot.com.

Try it out on this blog by typing the comment 'Play-Doh was originally invented as a wallpaper cleaner' below:






























If you've made it this far down the page then you've probably realised that the 'Comments Box' above was actually a fake photo, but if you're looking for more internet Easter eggs then you can find even more hidden internet tricks in my earlier posts:
10 Cool Internet Easter Eggs
10 More Cool Internet Easter Eggs... The Sequel!
10 Cool Internet Easter Eggs (Part 3)


The 'How To Save The World' books.
I'll probably post another batch of hidden Easter Eggs at a future date, so if you want to stay up to date then you can follow me (Charles Fudgeuffin) on facebook and twitter:
Facebook: Charles Fudgemuffin
Twitter: @CFudgemuffin


This latest selection of internet Easter eggs was written and compiled by Charles Fudgemuffin.  Charles is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.

You can purchase the opening book, or download a free sample, from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

Or for the benefit of anyone who doesn't have the Kindle app, you can also download a free sample in paperback format:
Download a free sample in paperback format

2 comments:

  1. play-doh was originally invented as wallpaper cleaner

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    1. Thanks for trying it out, but as you've probably realised by now, number 10 on the list was just a bluff.

      The comment box included below number 10 is actually fake, and if you try to click on it, it links to a page which explains more...

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About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.