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Google celebrates Festivus, Christmas with new easter eggs


First published: December 16, 2012, 4:04 PM IST | Updated: December 16, 2012
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Google celebrates Festivus, Christmas with new easter eggs
Type Festivus into Google and you will get a undecorated aluminum Festivus pole on the left side of the search page.

New Delhi: Easter eggs from Google are not something new. We have seen various hidden gags and visual messages in Google's search on entering certain keywords. Now, with Festivus and Christmas around the corner, Google's new easter eggs have come to the notice of users.

Google has incorporated a new easter egg in its search results to mark Festivus, a secular holiday which is celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to Christmas and as way to commemorate the season without participating in its pressures and commercialism.

Type Festivus into Google and you will get a undecorated aluminum Festivus pole on the left side of the search page. Festivus became part of popular culture after it was featured on an episode of the American TV show Seinfeld in 1997.

In the show, George Costanza's father was seen telling how he came up with Festivus to replace over-commercialised Christmas.

Besides, to pay a tribute to Christmas, there is another easter egg that Google has come up with. As you type Christmas into Google, you will see a decorated strip appearing just below the search bar.

In April this year, Google had introduced a new easter egg. On searching for the keywords "Zerg Rush", links/results in the search results become non-clickable. Immediately after the search results appear, a chunk of little Os from the Google logo start dropping from the top of the screen. Now here the real fun starts! Use your mouse to click and destroy the Os - or zerglings - before they wipe out your search results, and form two large Gs on the page. As the game ends, users are allowed to share their scores via Google+, thereby letting their followers know that how many zerglings they managed to target.

Google's "Let it snow" Easter Egg, which was released in December last year, was another pleasant surprise. On typing the words "Let it snow" in the search box, snowflakes started falling in the browser from the top of your screen, and slowly covered Google's search results. It seems that Google has discontinued it.

Besides, there is another Easter Egg - "do a barrel roll" - that was observed last year, and is still one of popular Easter Eggs from Google. It completely rotates Google's search results.

In June last year the search engine giant marked the the Gay and Lesbian Pride Month with an Easter Egg on its search results page. For search results for terms such as "gay", "lesbian", "transgender" and "lgbt", Google displayed a rainbow, signifying the rainbow flag of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) movement at the end of the search bar.

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