We’re familiar with the concept of Easter eggs in DVD extras for a movie or TV show; jokes and inside fun hidden by the movie’s creators for those with a keen eye. We’re probably also familiar with the concept of Easter eggs for… well, Easter.
But what about Easter eggs in your search engine?
Google’s known for having a little fun on the Internet – everything from Doodles to the logo itself (the colour scheme does a kid’s playroom) – so it should come as no surprise that there are a few hidden tricks anyone can see while performing a simple search. Here are a few of our favourites:
Tired of seeing everything so up-and-down, all level angles and neat edges? Add a touch of chaos to your day by simply searching the words “askew” or “tilt”. If you’re more of an OCD type, this may not sit so well with you. See it.
2. Barrel Roll
You’ve wanted to be a stunt pilot since you were 7, but you know that if the bus makes you queasy, an F-18 will have you projectile-vomiting so hard you’ll put Regan’s demon barf to shame. What to do, dreamer?
How about taking a spin in your search engine from the grounded comfort of your computer? Open Google, type in “do a barrel roll” and watch your dream come true. Buckle up.
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I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but in my home-sweet-home of Toronto, winter is in full effect (even though it technically still isn’t winter!). Needless to say, it’s kind of a bummer.
Luckily, I’ve found the solution: DANCE PARTY TIME! And what better shindig than the fan favourite variety? Let’s all work on our sick, sick moves by studying the (fictional) greats of gettin’ down on the dance floor.
1. Scott “Squishy” Squibbles, Monsters University
What Mr. (Monster?) Squibbles misses in technique, he more then makes up for in enthusiasm:
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If Radiohead isn’t your favourite band ever/evar, then you definitely know someone for whom they wear the best band sash. I personally know 3 people that would say that Radiohead are without a doubt their favourite band and I know several dozen more people that have Radiohead in their personal top 3.
For me, they’re probably number 4, right after The Magnetic Fields (#1), Nine Inch Nails (#2), and Weird Al (#3). And yes, I know what you’re thinking: “Wow, Weird Al’s really slipped down the Mike charts in the last twenty years. He used to sit so comfortably ‘pon the throne of #1 best band for 11-year-old Mike. What happened?” To that I say, “That’s a bit of a tangent – let’s get to the meat of this blog post.” And to that you nod silently.
By the way, if you came here looking for 3 Radiohead covers by The Killers, you came to the WRONG place! But below are three great Radiohead covers that, like all great covers, kind of make you re-think what you believe about the originals. Let’s get to it.
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Premiering in 2014 on Fox, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is a new 13-part docu-series on space and pretty much everything in it. Get a taste of the stellar magic from the epic trailer below as we sum up why we’re so incredibly excited:
1. This timeless subject is as applicable now as it was back in the 70s. Duh doi – it’s timeless.
2. The show is über accessible to the common man – with wicked effects and simple explanations, even the most devout Catholic will enjoy.
3. Neil deGrasse Tyson as host. He’s Carl Sagan‘s successor and every nerd’s wet dream.
4. Seth MacFarlane as a producer: like him or hate him, anything he touches turns to pure gold. Another smart, interesting move on his and Fox’s behalf.
5. Science! No brainer on that one. We should all love science, but some might need more convincing then others. With over 50% of Americans not believing in evolution, Cosmos is just the thing to help tip the scales.
Now, if we can just bend time a little bit to get 2014 here faster…
Pacific Rim was not a risky film in the least; except maybe for Guillermo del Toro’s future in giant-budget blockbusters…
Compared to a GDT film like Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim was very hollow. It was full of lame action movie tropes and tired motivations and quite possibly the WORST dialogue I’ve seen in a summer action movie in a long time.
However, it was an amazing spectacle and was, when I wasn’t distracted by its flaws, a very enjoyable experience.
I now present to you: 10 things that could have made the film better.
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Reddit is a great source of info, humour and Internetty funtimes – this is known. It’s also a great platform for writers, content creators and other smart people to pull back the curtain and let redditors see into their lives. Just a little, though – nothing pervy here.
Now take a topic that’s got a great fan base – say TV shows – and give fans the opportunity to ask these creators questions and get direct responses! Genius. Here’s nine great Q&A threads featuring writers from Community, The Simpsons, and more! Keep reading >
There have been some crazy shake-ups in the Spider-Man storyline recently, what with Doctor Octopus taking over his body in The Superior Spider-Man. But that’s far from the goofiest change that’s happened in Spider-Man’s life; we’ve got five right here:
This was actually the second Spider-Man comic book I ever bought.
Basically, Spidey gets a dose of gamma radiation and becomes just like The Incredible Hulk, only in a torn Spider-Man costume. At the time, I went to my dad and said, “Hey, is Spider-Man supposed to be The Hulk, or what? ‘Cause this comic says so.” And my dad said, “Son, that’s the stupidest thing I ever heard.”
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Once upon a time, Roger Ebert stated plainly that video games are not art. I respectfully disagree.
In fact, in some cases, as much as I love a good movie, the experience of a video game is superior on many levels. Let’s take a look at five video games that are unquestionably art:
Spoiler alert: Bioshock explores the controversial philosophies of Ayn Rand’s objectivism in a gorgeous, underwater world full of insane moral choices (should you kill little girls to boost your power? WHAT?! NO!!).
With a crazy twist ending, a mesmerizing mystery and immersive game environment, there is no doubt that Bioshock is high art. With a shotgun. Keep reading >
Recently I discovered the “reality” TV show Duck Dynasty, airing on A&E. I’m not really sure why I decided to watch it in the first place. As a vegetarian and nature lover, the show should repel me. It’s just a bunch of rednecks ignorantly tromping around the forest and shooting things.
But I confess, the show has a magic to it that’s hooked me as a loyal, un-ironic fan. I’m gonna try to break down what makes it so addictive in just five reasons. Keep reading >
It’s the worst when a band covers a song and just tries to imitate the original artist (do you hear me, Ugly Kid Joe?). To me, the whole point of covers is to put your own mark on the song. Let’s take a minute and celebrate some covers that have gone beyond the call of duty, and really tried to make the cover their own:
1. Mad World
You probably know the Gary Jules version from Donnie Darko and might not even realize that it’s a cover of a Tears for Fears jam! You fool! Check out the original – such a different vibe: Keep reading >