13 Delightful Easter Eggs Hidden on Your Favorite Websites
The developers who built your favorite websites aren’t all just 24/7 coding maniacs; they know how to have a little fun, too!
Some of your favorite sites contain what are called Easter eggs –– sweet features, hidden in plain sight, that you generally have to know about or click around to find.
Here, we’ve collected 11 of our favorites. Prepare to be amazed by the magic lurking beneath the surface of the websites you visit.
(Advice: You will want to either turn on your speakers or put on headphones for some of these. A lot of them include sound.)
1. My Little Google Hangouts.
In the new version of Google Hangouts — previously GChat — type /ponystream into any chat box and then hit Enter. It will not send a message to the person you’re chatting with, but it will stream a bunch of My Little Pony ponies across your screen.
2. Going to 11 on IMDb.
On IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, visitor ratings are usually between 0 and 10. But on the movie This Is Spinal Tap, the ratings go to 11. Because 11 is one more than 10, you see.
3. Getting sophisticated on Vimeo.
On Vimeo, the video streaming site, search the word “fart.” When you do, and then scroll down, farting noises happen over your speakers. Why doesn’t this happen on Yahoo Search? I’ve put in a request to the engineers to make it so.
Many websites have hidden secrets that can be unlocked by typing in the famous Konami Code, a relic of the original Nintendo gaming system. That code (UP-UP-DOWN-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT-B-A) will trigger special stuff on a few sites. Our favorite is BuzzFeed: Just click anywhere against the background and then, using your arrow keys and keyboard, type the Konami Code to see what BuzzFeed would be like if it featured nothing but sloths and the word “sloths.”
5. Kickstart this.
On the Kickstarter home page (Kickstarter.com), scroll to the bottom until you see the scissors. Click the scissors four times, and you’ll be rewarded with the option to sign up for a super-secret newsletter. Maybe they’ll send you some potato salad, too. Shhhh!