The Top 5 Tricks You Can Do With Google

We all know that Google can give us access to almost all information known to man just by typing what you want to know into the search bar. 

However, compared to the Easter Eggs that have been sneakily sprinkled over it throughout the years, all of that is frankly just plain boring.

So I’m going to give you my top 5 things to do with Google!

In 5th place we have: ‘Do a barrel roll’

Typing the phrase “Do a barrel roll” into the search bar of Google and pressing enter will cause the entire page to roll round once. Sure this is a little boring but it is only number 5! Nonetheless here’s a picture in case you don’t have access to Google or are morally opposed to it or even don’t trust me that it won’t make your computer implode. 

There you go, that’s Google half way through a wicked barrel roll

In 4th place it’s: I’m feeling lucky!

Let me explain; have you ever wondered what would happen if you just clicked the ‘search’ button on the Google homepage without actually typing anything in? The answer is: nothing happens. However, if you click the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button without typing anything into the search bar you get a page featuring all of the Google Doodles that have ever been! Go ahead, give it a try, I’ll wait right here...done that? Good. Now on to our next Easter Egg.

Coming in at Number 3 we have: The Shire

Again, I shall explain. Let’s say you’re going on a trip and you want directions, a lot of us would turn to Google Maps for some help. Now imagine if Frodo and the Fellowship had had access to this fine navigational system when they went to destroy the ring! It probably wouldn’t have helped much because Google doesn’t actually have directions to Mordor, but it does return the warning: "Use caution – One does not simply walk into Mordor.” When you set the shire or Rivendale as the starting point and Mordor as the destination and then click on the walking directions.

In 2nd place it’s: Google Gravity

This is one of my favourites. Typing “Google Gravity” into the search bar on Google and pushing search will cause the entire page to crumble into pieces and hit the deck. Although sometimes this doesn’t work, if you search it, the screen may go askew but if you click the first result on the page it will take you back to the homepage which will proceed to fall. The best part of this Easter Egg is that you can still search for things even after it has taken effect. It will, however, cause all of the results to fall from the sky and crash down on top of the already fallen homepage.

And at No 1 (Drum roll, please) Zerg Rush!

Ok, this is probably the most fun. You know the drill, type ‘Zerg Rush’ into the search bar and hit enter. This will cause various o’s to begin appear from all directions! But beware! They are not your friends, they seek to destroy your search results and desecrate the page! You can stop them though; just hover over each of the o’s with your curser and click like a mad man. Soon you will see their health depleting and eventually they will vanish. Attempt this at your own peril, you have been warned...but seriously try it, it’s so much fun...like classic arcade fun.

So there you have it, my top five things to do with Google when you’re bored. I mean, I’m sure we could all think of something that we’d be more likely to search on Google when we’re bored and alone but still, these are good. Of course there are far more Google Easter Eggs but you can always find them by, you know, Googling it.

Oh and a little bonus for coming this far weary traveller: type in “Find Chuck Norris’ and hit I’m feeling lucky.

Words by Adam Hughes