Google isn't just a great search engine you know, it's also loaded with jokes, secret functionality and cunning tweaks. Here are Google's 17 best Easter eggs.

Buried deep in Google

Want to know how Google maintains a sense of humour in the cut-throat world of the web? Here's how: the main Google website and many of Google's software programs are chock full of lovely, gags, goofs and Easter eggs.

Of course, Google always has a good idea. Thousands of our readers have enjoyed past explorations of wonders like "The 16 best starscapes in Google Sky".

So when we heard stories of hidden teddy bears, a Google Romance beta service, and early morning appearances of the Loch Ness monster on Google home pages, we had to check them out. And most of them turned out to be true. Take a look.

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  2. Google's official Easter Egg game
  3. Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters
  4. Spam by the kilogram
  5. Google searches in Klingon or Fudd
  6. Google Gulp for smarter searching
  7. Come fly with me (across Google Earth)
  8. It all adds up with Google Calculator
  9. Google gets romantic
  10. Unsanctioned Googles: Goth y Loco
  11. Google Street Views credits
  12. Picasa's mysterious bear(s)
  13. Psychic Google
  14. The many faces of Pegman
  15. Classic Google Maps Easter egg
  16. Free broadband Wi-Fi goes to pot
  17. Spam for school dinner again
  18. The GoogleTV Beta that never was
  19. PC Advisor's Google news spotlight

Google isn't just a great search engine you know, it's also loaded with jokes, secret functionality and cunning tweaks. Here are Google's 17 best Easter eggs.

Google's official Easter Egg game

It's one thing to find Easter eggs, and it's another thing to catch them.

In the spirit of Easter, Google has posted its Google egg drop game - where you, acting as a rabbit, hop up and down and to and fro, trying to put all of your eggs in one basket.

The only real point of this game other than to catch eggs that spell out G-O-O-G-L-E. Sorry: No chocolate eggs for those who win.

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  1. Buried deep in Google
  2. Google's official Easter Egg game
  3. Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters
  4. Spam by the kilogram
  5. Google searches in Klingon or Fudd
  6. Google Gulp for smarter searching
  7. Come fly with me (across Google Earth)
  8. It all adds up with Google Calculator
  9. Google gets romantic
  10. Unsanctioned Googles: Goth y Loco
  11. Google Street Views credits
  12. Picasa's mysterious bear(s)
  13. Psychic Google
  14. The many faces of Pegman
  15. Classic Google Maps Easter egg
  16. Free broadband Wi-Fi goes to pot
  17. Spam for school dinner again
  18. The GoogleTV Beta that never was
  19. PC Advisor's Google news spotlight

Google isn't just a great search engine you know, it's also loaded with jokes, secret functionality and cunning tweaks. Here are Google's 17 best Easter eggs.

Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters

You could take the high road (or the low road) to Scotland's Loch Ness in hopes of spotting the elusive Nessie.

But if you'd rather do your mythical beastie viewing at home in the wee hours of the morning, set your alarm to 3:14am and your browser to the Beach themed iGoogle page. At precisely that o'clock each day, Nessie surfaces for 60 seconds, then takes a deep breath and dives back under the dark loch's surface.

Why that time of the morning? Well, according to programmer's lore, Google developers did it to pay homage to the mathematical quantity pi.

Other iGoogle pages using themes have spooky Easter eggs of their own. In the Seasonal Scape, the Northern Lights also appear at 3:14am. Look for UFOs to descend on the City Scape. A monster appears in Spring Scape; and in the Tea House theme, ghostlike fox spirits (well known in Japanese folklore) appear and disappear in the mist of the lake as the fox sleeps.

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  1. Buried deep in Google
  2. Google's official Easter Egg game
  3. Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters
  4. Spam by the kilogram
  5. Google searches in Klingon or Fudd
  6. Google Gulp for smarter searching
  7. Come fly with me (across Google Earth)
  8. It all adds up with Google Calculator
  9. Google gets romantic
  10. Unsanctioned Googles: Goth y Loco
  11. Google Street Views credits
  12. Picasa's mysterious bear(s)
  13. Psychic Google
  14. The many faces of Pegman
  15. Classic Google Maps Easter egg
  16. Free broadband Wi-Fi goes to pot
  17. Spam for school dinner again
  18. The GoogleTV Beta that never was
  19. PC Advisor's Google news spotlight

Google isn't just a great search engine you know, it's also loaded with jokes, secret functionality and cunning tweaks. Here are Google's 17 best Easter eggs.

Spam by the kilogram

Ever wish you could simply press a button and have all of your Gmail messages printed, sorted, boxed, and shipped to your front door?

If you care about keeping your carbon footprint at something smaller than Paul Bunyan dimensions, you'll be glad to know that no such service exists - despite an elaborate hoax Google perpetrated to make Gmail users believe otherwise.

As part of a 2007 April Fool's Day joke, Google announced the debut of Gmail Paper, which would allow users to create a hard copy of their entire Gmail account. In a nod toward environmental consciousness, Google said that it would avoid cutting trees down to print people's Gmail archives, instead using paper composed of "96 percent post-consumer organic soybean sputum. Oh well.

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  1. Buried deep in Google
  2. Google's official Easter Egg game
  3. Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters
  4. Spam by the kilogram
  5. Google searches in Klingon or Fudd
  6. Google Gulp for smarter searching
  7. Come fly with me (across Google Earth)
  8. It all adds up with Google Calculator
  9. Google gets romantic
  10. Unsanctioned Googles: Goth y Loco
  11. Google Street Views credits
  12. Picasa's mysterious bear(s)
  13. Psychic Google
  14. The many faces of Pegman
  15. Classic Google Maps Easter egg
  16. Free broadband Wi-Fi goes to pot
  17. Spam for school dinner again
  18. The GoogleTV Beta that never was
  19. PC Advisor's Google news spotlight

Google isn't just a great search engine you know, it's also loaded with jokes, secret functionality and cunning tweaks. Here are Google's 17 best Easter eggs.

The UN may not recognise Klingon as a language, but that hasn't stopped Google from catering to the fictitious species of extraterrestrial anthropomorphs from the Star Trek series with a specialised Klingon search engine.

Nor has it prevented Google from developing a number of other specialty search engine interfaces, including Elmer Fudd and Pig Latin.

Google also serves up specialty searches that cater to humans and others who seek information regarding Microsoft, Linux, and BSD Unix.

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  1. Buried deep in Google
  2. Google's official Easter Egg game
  3. Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters
  4. Spam by the kilogram
  5. Google searches in Klingon or Fudd
  6. Google Gulp for smarter searching
  7. Come fly with me (across Google Earth)
  8. It all adds up with Google Calculator
  9. Google gets romantic
  10. Unsanctioned Googles: Goth y Loco
  11. Google Street Views credits
  12. Picasa's mysterious bear(s)
  13. Psychic Google
  14. The many faces of Pegman
  15. Classic Google Maps Easter egg
  16. Free broadband Wi-Fi goes to pot
  17. Spam for school dinner again
  18. The GoogleTV Beta that never was
  19. PC Advisor's Google news spotlight

Google isn't just a great search engine you know, it's also loaded with jokes, secret functionality and cunning tweaks. Here are Google's 17 best Easter eggs.

Google Gulp for smarter searching

In 2005, Google decided that - instead of just making Google searches smarter - it would try to make the people conducting Google searches smarter as well.

The solution - literally - was Google Gulp Beta, a drink formulated in four yummy flavours (Glutamate Grape, Sugar-Free Radical, Beta Carroty, and Sero-Tonic Water).

The secret ingredient: a chemical compound designed to optimise the drinker's use of the Google search engine by rendering the individual more intelligent.

For all you non-MENSA members, here's the bad news: It was another Google hoax. Oh, well - back to MSG and syrupy radicals...

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  1. Buried deep in Google
  2. Google's official Easter Egg game
  3. Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters
  4. Spam by the kilogram
  5. Google searches in Klingon or Fudd
  6. Google Gulp for smarter searching
  7. Come fly with me (across Google Earth)
  8. It all adds up with Google Calculator
  9. Google gets romantic
  10. Unsanctioned Googles: Goth y Loco
  11. Google Street Views credits
  12. Picasa's mysterious bear(s)
  13. Psychic Google
  14. The many faces of Pegman
  15. Classic Google Maps Easter egg
  16. Free broadband Wi-Fi goes to pot
  17. Spam for school dinner again
  18. The GoogleTV Beta that never was
  19. PC Advisor's Google news spotlight

Google isn't just a great search engine you know, it's also loaded with jokes, secret functionality and cunning tweaks. Here are Google's 17 best Easter eggs.

Come fly with me (across Google Earth)

Buried in the free mapping program Google Earth is a nifty flight simulator that lets you either hop into the cockpit of an F16 fighter jet or a lightweight SR22 propeller-powered airplane. To access the flight simulator in Google Earth, open the program and press Ctrl-Alt-A on your keyboard (Command-Option-A on a Mac). In addition, Google provides keyboard shortcuts for desktop pilots.

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NEXT PAGE: It all adds up > >

  1. Buried deep in Google
  2. Google's official Easter Egg game
  3. Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters
  4. Spam by the kilogram
  5. Google searches in Klingon or Fudd
  6. Google Gulp for smarter searching
  7. Come fly with me (across Google Earth)
  8. It all adds up with Google Calculator
  9. Google gets romantic
  10. Unsanctioned Googles: Goth y Loco
  11. Google Street Views credits
  12. Picasa's mysterious bear(s)
  13. Psychic Google
  14. The many faces of Pegman
  15. Classic Google Maps Easter egg
  16. Free broadband Wi-Fi goes to pot
  17. Spam for school dinner again
  18. The GoogleTV Beta that never was
  19. PC Advisor's Google news spotlight

Google isn't just a great search engine you know, it's also loaded with jokes, secret functionality and cunning tweaks. Here are Google's 17 best Easter eggs.

It all adds up with Google Calculator

Thanks to Google Calculator, you can use the Google search box for serious number crunching - anything from converting currency to solving advanced math equations.

But things don't always add up the way you think they will with Google Calculator. Try searching for "answer to life the universe and everything," "number of horns on a unicorn," or "once in a blue moon" for unexpected computations.

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  3. Google's 3am girls, boys and monsters
  4. Spam by the kilogram
  5. Google searches in Klingon or Fudd
  6. Google Gulp for smarter searching
  7. Come fly with me (across Google Earth)
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