Whether you celebrate Easter or not, everyone can enjoy hunting for hidden Easter eggs—especially around the Internet. For anyone new to the term, Internet Easter Eggs are small surprises that are purposefully added to some of your favorite sites and services to add a dash delight to your experience.
Take a breather from your tax forms (just for a minute or two) and recharge your brain batteries by exploring a few secret gems that have been hiding right under your nose.
If you use Chrome as your browser, you can access a hidden game (and likely have without even knowing it). First, turn off your internet connection and try to open a new page in Chrome. You’ll get an error screen with a familiar dinosaur on it. Hit the space bar and the T-Rex will start running. Hit the space bar again to help it jump over the cacti and see how high you can score.
If you have Chrome on your mobile device you can access this as well. Be sure to put your device on airplane mode first, open up Chrome next, and tap on the dinosaur to start. Then just tap to jump.
Google Image Search
Even if you don’t use Chrome, Google has a classic game for you to play. Head over to Google Image and search for “Atari Breakout”. No spoilers here, but be sure to use either your arrow keys or your mouse to control it.
If you’re a Google Hangouts user there is a hidden command that will bring a smile to your face. In any chat type /ponystream and send the message. Your friend won’t receive any message, but you’ll get a little treat.
The Star Wars vs Star Trek debate has become even more universal since YouTube introduced this galactic Easter Egg. If you go to YouTube and search for either “Beam Me Up Scotty” or “Use The Force Luke”, you’ll get a celestial surprise. Which one’s your favorite?
If you’re a video game fan there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Konami Code (a cheat code used in many video games to get extra lives, powerups, or other bonuses). Many websites have hidden Easter Eggs that the Konami Code unlocks.
Head over to BuzzFeed, Digg, Vouge UK, GQ UK or Wired UK and use your keyboard to enter the code for a little surprise. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard for the directions. For those who need a refresher, the keyboard code is Up Arrow, Up Arrow, Down Arrow, Down Arrow, Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Right Arrow, B Key, A Key.
A few minutes of Easter Egg hunting is all it takes to help de-stress and give a much-needed second wind. When you’re ready, head back to your tax filing, and use your refreshed hunting skills to find that missing expense receipt.