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10 Google Tricks - Updated for 2020


It’s been a while since we’ve put together a fun post with Google Easter eggs. Here’s a quick updated list of cool things you can see and do with Google searches—have fun!

1. 3D AR Animals

This works on your mobile device. Simply search for an animal, like a cat, dog, tiger…

Or octopus!

You can rotate the animal and look at it, or click the “View in 3D” option—it will use your device’s camera and place the animal in your space! You can take a lot of fun photos standing next to a giant octopus or cat. Or maybe you want to have a pet tiger in your shirt pocket!

Here's a video of how it works:

2. Animal Sounds

If you have kids, you’ll love this Easter egg. And if not, maybe you just really want to know what a Komodo dragon sounds like—no judgment.

All you have to do is Google “animal sounds” and you’ll see a carousel of cards you can click on. Animals range from the run-of-the-mill lions and pigs to more obscure animals like scorpions, anteaters, and Humpback whales. (Don’t forget the Komodo dragons. Seriously. They sound just as scary as you’d think they would.)

3. Recursion recursion

Here’s a nerdy one: The definition of recursion is “a thing defined in terms of itself or of its type.” In computer science, algorithms, and mathematics, this means a function calls itself directly or indirectly. In linguistics, it’s the sequential use of a particular type of element or grammatical structure (think re-re-write, great-great-grandparent).

It’s a dad joke as performed by a search engine. You’re welcome.

4. Anagram

Another nerdy one: an anagram is a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another. You’ve probably heard the example that “listen” can be rearranged to form the word “silent.”

When you Google anagram, you get…

Very clever.

5. Loneliest Number

Search for “the loneliest number” and Google will show you its calculation, followed by an earworm you won’t get rid of for… probably at least a day or two.

6. THANOS!

Do you like The Avengers: Endgame? If so, you’ll get a kick out of this one. Start by Googling “Thanos.” Then click on the Infinity Gauntlet (circled in red in the screenshot below). Watch what happens…

Then just click the gauntlet again to get everything back to normal. Whew!

7. Blink HTML

Simply search for “blink HTML” for a blast from the past. The screenshot doesn't show the animation, but just try for yourself and look at everything in bold!

8. Breathing Exercise

Feel the need to do some quick meditation? Google “breathing exercise” and just follow along with the 1-minute example provided to you for free!

9. Spin-a-Dreidel

A cute game to play when you don’t have an actual dreidel! To play dreidel, each player puts one game piece into a pot. Then you spin the top until it falls down. Whichever letter is facing up gives you the directions you must take next. There are four letters: If you get “nun”, you do nothing. “Hei” is half, “gimel” is all, and “shin” means to put in.

10. Solitaire

Another fun game: Just search for “solitaire” and relive the days of Windows 95 and everyone’s favorite time waster (or was that Minesweeper?). There are lots of other fun games to play within the Google search results as well. Simply look at the carousel titled "games and toys" when searching for any other playable Google game.

And there you have it! Hope you found some fun things to try. You can read about more Google Easter eggs here!

#googletricks #googleeastereggs #googlesearchtricks

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