Top 5 Google Easter Eggs

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The good folks at Google are always hard at work, bringing us some of the most amazing free (and paid) tools and services on the web. But they also have a mischievous and fun side to them. Over the years funny and interesting easter eggs were discovered in many of their products, in this list i bring you the Top 10 Google Easter Eggs. I had a great time researching and compiling this list, i hope you enjoy it.

 

5. Tilt, or Askew

Searching for “tilt” or “askew” on Google causes the search results page to actually tilt, or askew.

Note: Only works in Webkit based browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox 7+, Safari, or Android/iOS built-in browsers).

 

4. Barrel Roll

Searching Google for “do a barrel roll” or “Z or R twice” produces a spinning view of the search results page. This is a reference to the video game Star Fox 64 by Nintendo .

Note: Only works in Webkit based browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox 7+, Safari, or Android/iOS built-in browsers).

 

3. Conway’s Game of Life

Searching Google for “conways game of life” returns a search results page with Conway’s Game of Life running in the background, complete with a set controls – play, pause, step, maximize / restore and close.

This google easter egg is a tribute to The Game of Life (or “Life”), devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970.

 

2. “I’m Feeling Lucky” Button Scroll

On August 2012, Google tweaked the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button on its front page (the option that fetches the first search result based on your search queries) And now scrolling over the button leads to other types of “feelings,” which return various results from other Google properties.

It is in fact a showcase of Google’s various projects and Services.

Currently,  the “feelings” are:

  • “I’m feeling hungry” – leads to the Google search page for restaurants.
  • “I’m feeling playful” – leads to an interactive Google Doodle.
  • “I’m feeling stellar” – leads to images of random celestial bodies on google images.
  • “I’m feeling artistic” – leads to a random collection from the Google arts project.
  • “I’m feeling puzzled” – leads to the ”a-google-a-day” game.
  • “I’m feeling wonderful” – leads to a random world wonder from the world wonders project.
  • “I’m feeling trendy” – leads to the “hot searches” page from Google trends.
  • “I’m feeling doodley” – leads to a random Google Doodle.

 

1. Zerg Rush

Searching Google for “zerg rush” returns a results page with the “O’s” from the Google logo taking over the page and eating the search results. Clicking the O’s until their individual life gauge runs out kills them, and a score count is kept in a small window on the side.

After all links on the results page are destroyed with best melee weapon runescape, the O’s all join forces to form the letters “GG” (good game). There is also a “share score” button, for sharing your score on Google+.

This google easter egg is a homage to Blizzard Entertainment’s computer game Starcraft. “Zergs” are an alien race of insectoids in the game, and they would often descend upon, and in many case destroy the player in a “blitz” attack.

 

Honorary Mention:

During major Holidays, there were special “festive” easter eggs that google hid in their search engine, the ones i spotted were:

  • Around Christmas time (first spotted on December 2011-January 2012), Searching for “let it snow” returned a search results page with simulated snowfall and frost. After some time, the screen fogs up and the blue search button changes to “Defrost”, allowing the user to defrost the page by clicking and rubbing it like a window.
  • Searching for “hanukkah” changes the horizontal ruler between the search bar and search results into a row of lights, shaped like little Stars of David.
  • Searching for “kwanzaa” changes the horizontal ruler between the search bar and search results into a row of “Kinara”.

 

Google Halloween Easter Egg:

In addition to a special Halloween Google Doodle, complete with haunted house sound effects and scary creatures, Google also hid a nice little Halloween Easter egg:

To activate, just search for a well-known Horror movie title, and on the top of the knowledge graph box you should see 3 bats hanging, waiting for you to hover over them with your mouse pointer and scare them away flying.

 

This concludes our list of the top 10 Google Easter eggs, we hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed compiling it!

Top 5 Alternatives to Facebook

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It may be the privacy issues, the increasing use of your private data for advertising purposes, or perhaps you just want to try something new. If you’re looking for alternatives for Facebook, you will find them here. This is a list of the top 5 alternatives to Facebook.

(Note: We have not included mobile only social networks in the list, even though they are increasing in popularity and some of them genuinely serve as alternatives to Facebook, the lack of desktop access prevents them from serving as full-blown alternatives in our eyes.)

5. Tagged

 

Founded: 2004

Users: 300+ million registered users,  20 million monthly active users.

Tagged is very similar to Facebook in what it offers users: photo sharing, messages, and a strong emphasis on social games. Although i’m not a big fan of their basic user interface (it leaves much to be desired IMO), With over 300 million registered users and 20 million unique active users, Tagged is a social network that some might find to be a real alternative to Facebook.

4. MeetMe (formely MyYearBook)

 

Founded: 2005

Users: 32+ million

MeetMe initially started as myYearbook by two high school students, Dave and Catherine Cook in 2005. On June 2012 the site was re-branded as “MeetMe” following the merger between myYearbook and Quepasa, who acquired the site for a reported $100 Million in November 2011. The name seems to match more closely to the concept of meeting new people, as the MeetMe motto is “where new friends meet”.

MeetMe offers instant messaging (using Meebo), social gaming, all the usual media sharing options, and has its own virtual economy. Members earn and spend “Lunch Money” – a virtual currency that can be used for the purchasing of gifts which members can send to each other. “Lunch Money” can also be donated to various charity organizations through the “Causes” application.

3. Nextdoor

 

Founded: 2012

Users: Over 4,000 communities across the U.S.

Nextdoor is a private social networking service for neighborhoods. It only allows users to connect with people who live in close proximity to them. Nextdoor attempts to draw users who are disappointed with the lack of privacy provided by Facebook, and offer them a secure and private alternative.

The service if free to register, but before registering users must verify their home address. Verification methods include providing a credit card or confirming a code mailed or phoned to the prospective user. After registration is complete, users are provided a list of neighbors who have registered to the service.

2. Bebo

Founded: 2005

Number of users: Est. 117 million registered users.

Since it’s launch on July 2005, Bebo has risen to become one of the world’s most popular social networking sites. And the largest social networking site in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand.

In 2008, Bebo was acquired by AOL for a staggering $850 Million, only to be re-sold 2 years later to Criterion Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum which was reported to be under $10 Million, in what was described by the BBC as “one of the worst deals ever made in the dotcom era”.

 

Nevertheless, Bebo is still alive and is considered by many as one of the best alternatives to Facebook.  

1. Google+

Founded: 2011

Users: 250 million registered users, 170+ million active monthly users.

Google+ (or Google Plus) is currently the largest growing, and the most viable alternative for Facebook. G+ enable users to organize people into groups, called “Circles”, and share these circles across many other google products and services. It also offers a unique feature called “Hangouts”, a video group chat (with a maximum of 10 people at a given time) , online chat, photo sharing, social games and many other features.

The 5 Most Expensive Pets in the World

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How much is too much when it comes to owning an exotic pet? Take a look at just how expensive exotic, rare pets can be in the following list of the top 5 priciest pets in the world.

  1. White Lion Cubs ($140,000)



The most expensive pet is by far, is the white lion cub. This color mutation of lions is actually extinct in the wild and is only found in Kruger National Park in South Africa and in a few other zoos around the world.

In total, it is believed that less than 300 of these lions actually exist today. The white color is the result of gene mutation and gives the lions an appearance that ranges from a very light blonde to white. The extreme

rarity of these lions makes them worth about $140,000.

  1. Chimpanzee (+$65,000)

With a price tag that can run over $65,000, chimpanzees are the second most expensive exotic pet in the world. These animals call central and western Africa their native habitat. They characteristically feature black fur throughout their bodies with a bare face that is usually pinkish to black. Also known simply as chimps, chimpanzees can walk upright or on all four limbs and can weigh up to 120 pounds. Chimps are endangered and only about 200,000 or less can be found in the wild. These highly intelligent primates may be an expensive investment but they can also live for several decades.

  1. Lavender Albino Python ($20,000)

The lavender albino python is a spectacular looking python that features a pearly lavender color with neon yellow patches in various sizes and shapes throughout the body. This snake type lacks the brown or black pigment normally featured in pythons and its rarity has made it quite expensive. Currently breeders charge $20,000 for female lavender albino pythons.

  1. Type II Tiger Python ($15,000)

Known by the common name reticulated python, these snakes are commonly found in South-Eastern Asia tropic regions and are considered to be the longest snakes on the planet. Pythons are a very popular type of pet due to the many color variations or morphs that are available. The typical reticulate python will feature diamond shaped patterns running down the length of its back. The albino type II tiger python, however, is a specific morph that lacks the black pigmentation commonly seen in the species. These snakes are typically light yellow in color with black stripes running down the back, giving the snake a tiger like appearance, that makes it worth $15,000.

  1. Hyacinth Macaw ($12,000)

Hyacinth Macaws are the largest parrots in the world when it comes to length and are also the largest flying parrots in the world. The birds are native to South America and out of the 16 different species of macaw, the hyacinth macaw is the rarest.

These birds typically measure about 40 inches and weighs less than 3 pounds.

The coloring of the birds is considered to be quite stunning and is usually a deep cobalt blue; the birds also usually have a gray beak with yellow along the edges and yellow around the eyes. The Hyacinth Macaw is easily trained, even-tempered and affectionate. Due to the high-demand for Hyacinth Macaws as pets, their numbers have drastically decreased in their natural habitat and pushed up the price for purchasing this exotic bird as a pet, avid bird lovers have paid as much as $12,000 for one Hyacinth Macaw.