The word Google is already strongly associated with the Internet. One without the other, it seems, can not exist. It is from entering the right word or phrase that many people start working on the World Wide Web. From a modest search engine, conceived as a scientific project, there was a whole empire with a lot of services. Google even created its operating system, turning the world of mobile devices.
The search engine allows you to constantly find something new in yourself. But the creators of the service always treated him with humor. Inside it there are their “Easter eggs” and secrets, which will be interesting to learn to the user. Some of them are able to cheer us, and others – will greatly simplify the search for information.
An unusual calculator.
Google has many services and options, but few know about some. An example is an online calculator, which also can convert a variety of values. So, he can translate inches into centimeters, kilos to pounds, and nautical miles to kilometers. You just need to enter a phrase in the search line, like “10,000 rubles in dollars” and then the search engine will give an answer, taking into account the real exchange rate. You can enter whole examples in the search string, for example “32% of 12 to the power of 4”. It is interesting that Google is able to work with rather exotic values. You can recall the famous Soviet cartoon, where the boa constricted parrots. Google can well give an answer to the question of how many parrots are contained in one boa constrictor. True, about the wings, why the developers have forgotten. He knows the search engine and that one boa constitutes five monkeys or two elephants. In this case, the characters of the cartoon can measure quite real things. You can find out that the baby elephant occupies 6.25 m2, and the equatorial radius of the Earth is as large as 48473560 parrots.
Some of their jokes are tied to memorable dates. For example, everyone knows that in connection with a significant event, the search engine logo can be stylized. And sometimes developers are not limited to only visual changes, adding for fun “easter eggs” in the program code. For example, when the famous Pac-Man game turned thirty, the search engine’s starting page turned into a labyrinth field. The word Google was its outline. At one time there was even a separate page for this game (google.com/pacman), but it was already removed.
Falling Easter eggs.
He organized his other online game for Easter. It turns out that if at that time you enter the address google.com/easter/feature_easter.html in the search box, you could meet and play with the Easter hare. The principle of the game is simple and reminiscent of the classic electronic “Well, wait!”. Eggs fall from different directions, which need to catch up with the fairy-tale Easter personage. But in this case the task is also complicated: it’s not enough to catch objects, you have to do it in the right order. The hare starts jumping from the click on the playing field. Each egg has its own letter, the hero needs to collect the word “Google”. As soon as he succeeds, a new level will be launched. There, eggs will fall faster.
“Snake” on YouTube.
Google does not upset fans to play. There is a secret in the service of YouTube. It is necessary to go to the page of any video, start watching. Then you need to press the pause. And after simultaneous pressing of the cursor key up and to the left directly on the image the game in “Snake” will begin. The player should not be allowed to run away from the screen, while still trying to “eat” the prey. Given the rapid movement of snakes and small parts, a good reaction and an accurate eye will be necessary.
Google search engine deliberately minimalist design. But this does not interfere with convenience. Moreover, anyone can choose the inscriptions on the links and buttons of the main page to his liking. The Google interface is really international – it’s translated into many languages. And at the same time very unusual variants are supported.You can imagine yourself a pirate, asking the service to communicate with you in your native dialect. Star Trek fans will like the Google translation of the Klingon dialect, it can communicate in the language 1337sp34k, which only hackers know.
Chinese James Bond.
The Chinese language is not so similar to ours that it is difficult to imagine the correct translation of words. But the Google translator will help in this. So, he will easily tell that in Chinese the name of James Bond is translated, not as 007, but as intricate for us “Zhānmǔsī • bāng dé”. It is easy to translate words from Russian to English and vice versa. You just need to write the required query in the search bar. But with other languages is not so simple. For example, in African dialects the name of the famous spy will sound like “James Bond”. Apparently, the word has long become international, it is not necessary to translate it.
Logo from ASCII characters.
Regularly working with this search engine you can here and there to meet the traces of developers. This is manifested in Google’s unexpected behavior on the next request. How many tried to look for this service ASCII-graphics? The so-called images, composed exclusively of letters and printed characters. And although today graphic systems are much more developed than twenty years ago, interest in works in this style does not subside. Letters, dots and symbols make up unusual images that are a monument to a bygone era. This is a rather unusual design element. And to find an image made up of ASCII characters, you need to type the ascii art in the query field. Then the usual logo will change its appearance to the same, composed of symbols. And the variety of created by the amateurs of such art of paintings is really amazing.
The search engine has one very interesting feature. He himself can assume when a person makes a mistake when writing the right word. If Google sees that few results have been found on the query entered, and by far the “correct” one is much larger, then the system will display its query variant. In this case, of course, the user will be informed about this by the phrase “Showing results on request …”. And then the person will be offered to search on his own request. It’s interesting that the function does not work well with the word “recursion”, and, both in English and in Russian writing. If you enter it without errors in the search box, Google will tell us what the word “recursion” might have meant. So, clicking constantly on the proposed option, all the time you can stay on one page. Recursion works!
Searches for ninjas and teddy bears.
Developers sometimes allow themselves to fool around, remembering their childhood. So, on the page of the Google Reader service (alas, already closed) in the English layout, you could press the combination of the arrow keys up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, the letters “B” and “A”. Then the left panel changed its color to green. And in the corner of the screen there was a mysterious ninja. In the search line the query “Ninja!” Appeared. This combination of keys is familiar to those who played on the first Nintendo consoles. There is also another baby Easter egg in Google. If you strongly want to, inside the service Picasa you can find a teddy bear. To do this, in the main window of the running program, press the combination Ctrl + Shift + Y. Immediately there will be a funny toy. It can be dragged by mouse, positioning anywhere on the desktop. After restarting the program, the bear will also disappear.
Button I’m Feeling Lucky! “.
Google’s sense of humor is sometimes exaggerated. Not to all jokes they relate. Many users themselves organize the drawings, creating pages that are similar to the famous search engine. It remains only to bring your site to the first place on the required request. Then the user entering the request and pressing the button “I’m Feeling Lucky” can get to the playful site. So, typing in the search line the phrase “google loco” and pressing the very button, a page appears on which the colored letters are moving.On request «rainbow google» will open a template, painted in all colors of the rainbow. On this page, the button I’m Feeling Lucky “I’m Feeling Lucky” is renamed “I’m Feeling Colorful”. It seems that with the help of this button you can find a lot of unusual. But there’s no way to find Chuck Norris on the Internet. Google not only refuses to do this, but also claims that the movie hero will find you when he needs it. Jokes with an interface.
The developers have invested a lot of Easter eggs in the front page interface. So, the search for the phrase “do a barrel roll” will cause the page to spin clockwise. The text “zerg rush” will cause the appearance of aggressive “O” symbols, which will step by step destroy search results. The word “tilt” (tilt) tilts the page with the search results. A similar effect will be observed when entering the word “askew” (crooked).
Philosophy of life.
The truth is that Google knows everything. If you ask him “The answer to the main question of life, the universe and all this,” then unexpectedly he will give the result number 42. In fact, this response receives the hero of the famous best-seller “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” There, as a result of millions of years of computing, the computer gave out the number “42”. To get a monosyllabic answer to such a complicated question is impossible, so an abstract answer was created. This makes us think about the meaning of such questions in general. Naturally, Google remembered this.
Author of the phrase.
One simple trick will not only refine the search, but also find the author of the phrase. But only it is necessary to enclose it in quotation marks. Then the result will be those pages that contain exactly this quote. The number of sites found will be much smaller. So you can save your time.
Search for information on the right site.
What can I do if I need to find information on the right site, and there is no field to search for? It is necessary to enter the phrase “site:” in the Google search line, in addition to the search query itself, and then the desired URL, with the domain at the end. So, knowing the source, you can quickly select from the results what you really need.
Search by files.
It is often necessary to find a document. Then in the search field, in addition to the query, you must also specify “filetype:”, and then the desired file type (pdf, doc, xls). And in this case, the file extension register is unimportant.
Search of analog sites.
It happens that finding an interesting topic of a particular site, I want to find something else like that. Then you need to enter the phrase “related:” and the name of the source site. The results will be modest, but relevant.
It is not enough to find the right product, it is also necessary that it corresponds to the budget. You can simply find a lot of pages with the product, and then discard those where it is too expensive. There is another option. In the search after specifying the product and the manufacturer, you can specify a price plug for it, for example “Sony Tablet $ 100 .. $ 200”.
To find out the ratio of currencies, you need to enter their name in the search field, dividing the word “in”. For example, “ruble in hryvnia”.
To find out how the right word is spelled correctly, you must first put Google “define:” in the search box. It will be shown and the correct version, and features of this definition.
Not so long ago, Google learned to recognize the voice in order to better search. At the end of the search field, you need to press the microphone and start talking. Words will immediately appear in the line. It remains only to confirm the recognized request. Especially such a service is important for mobile devices, when writing a long query, it is inconvenient, and even no time.
Search with a reference to the terrain.
You can ask Google not to search for information on all places, including geographically far away, and try to link it to the current location. To do this, click on the “Search Tools” below the input line. There you can choose the location options.It will be either a native city, or any other that will have to be entered.
Search for a title.
Sometimes it happens that there is a desired heading and I want to know more about this topic. To do this in Google, enter the phrase “intitle:” and the title itself. So you can find someone in the social network by typing in the name instead of the header.
To remove some word from the search results, you must put a minus sign in front of it. Then everything will be found where there is no undesirable element.
Search from several options.
If it is not clear which of the options is exactly needed, then it is necessary to separate them in the search string with the symbol “|”. Then Google will display pages that contain all the entered options. Instead of a symbol, you can enter the English word OR (or)
Links to the site.
In order to find out which sites refer to the required resource, you must enter the phrase “links:” in front of it in the search field.
Google can act as a world clock service. To find out what time is in the desired locality, you need to enter the word “time” (or “time”) before its name.
No wonder they say that Google remembers everything. Sometimes the page is already deleted, but the search service managed to cache this page to itself on the server. Then, in the search string, enter cached: and the desired URL. In general, next to the link found there is a small button “down”. Clicking on it, you can see the menu item “Saved copy”. Thanks to it you can see what this page looks like in the Google cache.
Finding the Forgotten.
If you need to find something, and the word or figure has dropped out of memory, you can simply replace them with an asterisk. It happens that a whole fragment of memory fell out of memory, there is only the beginning or the end of the phrase. Then you can insert the phrase “AROUND ()” between words, indicating in quotation marks the approximate number of missed words.
Search for links.
To find the connection between objects or people, you need to put the symbol “&” between them.
Search by synonym.
Sometimes one definition can have many synonyms. You can ask Google to search for all of them by putting the character “~” before the desired word. For example, the query “~ cheap dishes” will produce results for all inexpensive, affordable dishes. Search for time intervals. If you want to find an event that occurred at a certain time interval, you need to specify it through a colon. For example, “Elections in Russia 1991. 1994”.