The Top 25 Fun Google Tricks

Maybe to help dispel the wacky notion that geeks are boring, or maybe to prove that Search isn’t all work and no play and Sergei and Larry are by no means dull boys, Google every-once-in-a-Google-Moon leavens their spam-fighting and user experience-enhancing with some honest-to-goodness, good clean Fun Google Tricks.

You probably know a few of these memes already — passed around the intarwebz ad infinitum as they often are — those quirky little tricks and pranks you never thought you’d see from such a serious search engine. Occasionally, we searchers stumble upon some quietly placed “Google Easter Egg,” or sometimes Google’s PR peeps publicize some brand spanking new Fun Google trick that spices up the user experience as much as it enhances it. Whichever it is, these Google Tricks are fun darnit, so have fun with them.

Meme junkies and time-wasters that we are here at Google Tricks, we’ve had our fair share of good times. And because we’re not greedy, and because we like to organize as a way to procrastinate, we’ve done the heavy lifting of gathering what we consider to be the Top 25 Fun Google tricks right here in one glorious and easy-to-read location on this page. If you like the cut of our jib, perhaps you’d be so kind as to like us on the you-know-what-book, or add a one to our G+ thingie. We’d be so happy and thankful if you did.

funny google gravity trick1. Google Gravity
Quite simply, this is Earth-bound physics “infused” into Google’s interface: with “gravity,” the visual elements you commonly find on the interface, such as the search bar, the “I’m feeing lucky” button, and everything else fall down like a stack of bricks on the bottom of the browser. You can even “pick up” and “throw” the search results at the “walls” or just simply mess with them. This is no longer implemented on Google, but you can still see how it worked through the link below.

 

2. Let me Google that for you
LMGTFY or Let Me Google That for You is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek service made for those of us who are too lazy to use Google. Upon entering a search query, instead of results, you get a link that you can then mail to your lazy recipient.

Clicking on the link launches the actual search: thus, in this perigrinatory manner, you have Googled it for them. All they have to do is click the link. A beautiful example of technology making things more complicated for us.

3. Google Chuck Norris
There was a time when the internet raged with all imaginable Chuck Norris jokes. So naturally, Google itself dipped its hand in the meme with the Chuck Norris Google Trick. Search “Chuck Norris,” and Google returns a familiar Chuck Norris joke: “Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.”

4. God on Google Earth
Sometime in 2010, people around the world went “God crazy” when Google Earth supposedly had taken a “snapshot” of “divine beings” while crossing a mountain zone in Switzerland. There’s no definite answer, of course, but the buzz it created was testament to how the entire online community could get excited over a blurry photo, like they do with pictures of cats.

5. Google Pac-man
A treasure-trove of fun Google tricks won’t be complete without mentioning Google’s Pac-Man doodle. On May 22, 2010, the 30th anniversary of the classic game, people around the world woke up to a search engine sporting an actually playable mini-version of Pac-Man. And naturally, hundreds of millions of people spent hours playing the game, basically slowing down productivity to a halt.

6. Google Mirror
This fun Google trick simply displays a mirror image of everything you might see when doing a search on Google.

 

7. Google Hacker
Those who are familiar with the so-called language of hackers (1337 5p3@k or “leet speak”) may love using this Google trick to amuse haxor pals or confound the squares. Sure, the trick isn’t much trickier than  swapping letters for moderately analogous numbers or ASCII characters — e.g. “G” becomes “6″, “E” becomes “3″, “N” becomes “||”, etc — But it’s still fun symbol-play, and still somehow feels like a secret language, despite that we all now w00t every time we are overcome with joy.

 

8. Google Barrel Roll
A Fun Google trick that is still accessible today, the barrel roll means exactly as it says: make Google do a barrel roll. Simply type “Do a barrel roll” into the search bar and Google dutifully obeys. Warning: This Especially Fun Google Trick is known to make babies cry and grown men squeal with delight.






9. Google Rainbow
Like a handful of the other Fun Google Tricks included in this list, this third-party website that has no official affiliation with Google but only offers its two cents in letting people experience the search engine in a delightful way. If you like colors, this site delivers it—although it may remind you more of the internet circa early-1990s, with all its animated GIFs.

10. Google Sphere
Google Sphere turns every little element you commonly see on Google’s homepage into a swirling “sphere.” It’s pretty cool, but it’s no longer implemented on Google. To see how it once worked, just visit the link below.

11. Google Spam
Probably not an actual Google trick but more a manifestation of how Google offers users related information. In the folders in your Gmail account, you usually see a one-line text advertisement from Adsense. But in the Spam folder, what you’ll see is a real Spam recipe—yes, it’s a recipe for something you can actually eat.

google askew12. Google Tilt or Askew
Typing the word “tilt” or “askew” on Google (specifically if you’re using the Chrome or Safari browser) commands the search engine to “tilt” the whole screen slightly to the right.

13. Dragon Slayer
Those who use Google Docs will find this mildly amusing. If you create or open any spreadsheet, pressing Shift+F12 pops up a message that says: “Dragon slain! Congratulations, you’ve slain the dragon! ]B=8}”.

14. Google Ninja
Who doesn’t love ninjas? Google definitely does. If you’re using your Google Reader feed, press the keys “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A” and a ninja (or a couple of them) appear!

15. All the Google Doodles
Over the years, Google has released several of its “doodles”—a temporary re-design of the Google logo made as a tribute to a historical event or the birthday of someone who has changed the world for the better. Through the link below, you’ll find all of the Google Doodles, not only the American versions.

16. Recursion
Type “recursion” into the Google search bar and Google in return asks, rather recursively: “Did you mean recursion?”

17. Google’s Nessie
Use the beach theme with your iGoogle homepage, then very patiently sit there and wait until the clock strikes 3:14 AM. Or you can just more the clock forward and see the monster” that comes out. If you actually waited several hours until 3:14 AM, finally seeing the monster might not totally amuse you.

18. Flight Simulator
What started as an Easter egg became so well-loved that Google eventually turned it into a regular feature of Google Earth. Just click Tools > Enter Flight Simulator, and you’re off to make a round-the-world tour. It would have been more awesome if Google Earth also has a “rocket launcher” feature with unlimited ammo to go with it, but maybe next time.

19. Google MentalPlex
One of the earliest (if not, the earliest) Google April Fool’s joke (this one surfaced in 2000) is the Google MentalPlex. Instead of typing their queries into the search bar, unwitting users were “invited” to just “think” their questions while gazing intently into the MentalPlex circle (apparently to allow Google enough time to “read” your brain signals and transform them into actual search engine queries), then click into the circle to see the results. Even Google’s CEO and co-founder Larry Page called MentalPlex “a quantum leap in finding what you are looking for on the Internet. Typing in queries is so 1999.” It was fun. Especially if you remember that this was the early days of Google, long before the billion-dollar behemoth called Adsense and what-have-you.

20. Google Anagram
Step 1: Type “anagram” into the Google search bar. Step 2: Google asks if you in fact mean “nag a ram.” Step 3: Proceed to LOL.

21. The disappearing “OO”
This is not really a Google fun trick per se, but you can wow your clueless friend with this little “magic.” Click anywhere on the white space of the Dark Arts page (URL in linked title above), then pretend to rub your two fingers on the two OO’s on the Google logo for 2 to 3 seconds, and the O’s will vanish. To bring it back, do the same thing: Click anywhere again and the OO’s will reappear, after which you will be redirected to the real Google.

22. Annoying Google
The “Annoying Google” trick is not really annoying under normal circumstances. Even if you’re in a hurry, Annoying Google’s way of messing up the words as you type them (randomly changing from upper-case to lower-case) is not really annoying. But if you want to see this in action and determine for yourself if it’s really annoying or simply mildly amusing, visit the link below.

23. Epic Google
Epic Google is Google on steroids — not the enhanced performance however, just the obscene bulk. Once the page loads, the logo, search bar, “Search” and “I’m Feeling Excessive” buttons, all swell until they either float off the page or you type a search and get the heck outta there.

24. Weenie Google
Weenie Google is the flip side of Epic Google. Once the page loads, the logo, search bar, “Search” and “I’m Feeling Inadequate” buttons,immediately begin to shrink to inscrutable and barely-usable sizes. Is fun, no?

25. Chicken Rolling
“Rick-rolling” is a popular prank that involves redirecting the unwitting user to a video of music artist Rick Astley singing one of his hit songs (most often “Never Gonna Give You Up”). Chicken-rolling, on the other hand, is like Rick-rolling, but with one dancing man eating fried chicken legs. To subject your unwitting friend to this prank, type the code “2204355” then click “I’m feeling lucky.” See what happens.

Whew. What a lot of fun that list provides.

About the author

Chris Arlington Christoph Arlington is Master Trickster of Search Kung-fu, Google Laffriots, and General Intarwebs Yuks at GoogleTricks.com. You can stalk him on and Twitter where his wit is even more razor-sharper (if that's even possible!). Since you asked, no, he wasn't born with an unholy infatuation with Google Tricks, but the world, as is its wont, turned him into a slightly mad, madly-obsessed Google voyeur. This site is his (physician-prescribed) steam-blowoff.

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Chris Arlington

Chris Arlington

Christoph Arlington is Master Trickster of Search Kung-fu, Google Laffriots, and General Intarwebs Yuks at GoogleTricks.com. You can stalk him on and Twitter where his wit is even more razor-sharper (if that's even possible!). Since you asked, no, he wasn't born with an unholy infatuation with Google Tricks, but the world, as is its wont, turned him into a slightly mad, madly-obsessed Google voyeur. This site is his (physician-prescribed) steam-blowoff.

Comments (50)

  • Google Easter Eggs
    April 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm |

    Real words! How rare and welcome!

    So why are they called called Google Easter Eggs? Do they come out on Easter, or because they’re nice surprises we find they’ve quietly hidden?

    • Chris Arlington
      Christoph Arlington
      April 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm |

      Fair question Roose. Thanks for asking it.

      They’re called Google Easter Eggs because Google hides them discreetly (as opposed to the Google Tricks they launch loudly and proudly).
      So when they’re found it feels a little like Easter. Or Christmas, I suppose. Maybe they ought to be called Google Christmas Presents too, just to make things more confusing. Isn’t that Google’s stated mission anyway, to make the web more confusing? ;)

  • Tony James Scott
    June 2, 2012 at 1:35 am |

    Where are the links?

    • Chris Arlington
      Christoph Arlington
      June 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm |

      Good question Scott. Guess it would help to make it easy to see examples of these tricks at work if I posted links. Will get on that ASAP.

      -Christoph

  • Dushyant
    June 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm |

    Hi Christoph, Please post the links as well, M dying to see all these tricks. Thank you.

  • Jasper
    July 7, 2012 at 7:28 am |

    Some of them don’t have links.

  • challan cruz
    July 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm |

    u suck chris suck dick

  • PRETTIER THAN YOU
    July 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

    when i go togoogle and i try to put the chicken roll it doesnt let me click im feeling lucky

    • Chris Arlington
      Christoph Arlington
      August 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm |

      Two things: If it’s not letting you click “I’m feeling Lucky”, it’s probably because you have “Instant Predictions” turned on in your search settings. Turn that off to be allowed to actually click a button before you see the search results.

      The other thing is, rather than type “chicken roll” type “2204355″ and then click “I’m Feeling Lucky.” That’s how the chicken roll trick works. :)

    • Inayah
      May 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm |

      You don’t have to click it. The first link is the numbers then I’m feeling Lucky. So yeah…

  • Miguel
    July 28, 2012 at 10:23 am |

    What about funny-google.com ?

    • Chris Arlington
      Christoph Arlington
      August 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

      Yeah! Funny-google.com too. Thanks Miguel!

  • kurt richards
    August 1, 2012 at 5:33 am |

    also if you type zerg rush it comes up with the zerg rush game and the things will try to eat everything.

    • Chris Arlington
      Christoph Arlington
      August 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

      Nice. Thanks Kurt!

    • sainath
      December 26, 2012 at 4:37 am |

      nice trick dude

  • Izzy
    August 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm |

    How do u get To go on the google tricks to show ur friends

  • rayhan
    September 16, 2012 at 6:39 am |
    • Chris Arlington
      Christoph Arlington
      November 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm |

      Agreed Rayhan. Google Terminal is awesome. I love the concept. Whoever thought that one up is brilliant! That is a totally fun google trick. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’m going to have to add it to the tricks canon.

  • mariel
    October 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm |

    if you type in ‘zerg rush’ your page will be eaten. It’s very funny!

    • Alex
      May 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm |

      I know. It’s so fun!

  • Pankaj
    November 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm |

    that is one exhaustive list..my favorite is the mentalplex! Also check out my list of fun google tricks

    • Chris Arlington
      Christoph Arlington
      November 16, 2012 at 1:52 am |

      Thanks for the link Pankaj. You’ve got a nice list of additional tricks there.

  • nikhila nandakumar
    November 11, 2012 at 9:35 am |

    thank u for an awsome ‘easter egg’..!!!! :)

  • Matthew
    November 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm |

    2204355=You got chicken rolled

  • your mom
    November 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm |

    this is the awesomest thing ever idk what else to write

  • Jacob
    November 29, 2012 at 12:13 am |

    Why doesn’t google make it where you can slice everything in half or something like that

  • tog10
    December 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm |

    type in zorg to google search bar its a google mini game

  • Aaron
    January 17, 2013 at 2:14 am |

    type in zerg rush on google

    • sunil
      May 9, 2013 at 9:38 am |

      great bro..u found great coding in tech world.
      GOOD JOB….

  • shishiXD
    February 1, 2013 at 12:12 am |

    thanks me and my friends got a fun kick out of this it was fun.

  • EXstrangERs
    February 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm |

    tnks for ALL!!!

  • C
    April 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm |

    When I googled “I’m feeling excessive” it returned search results for techniques in masturbation. Not inflated bubbles.

  • Alex
    May 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm |

    All of these tricks made me LOL as soon as I tried them. Especially “Recursion.”

  • sushant rawat
    June 6, 2013 at 6:31 am |

    i wanna knw about that guy who hacked google server about 7,8 yrs ago for a while from japan.. tell me if u knw anything relates to that… :p

  • Arun Prasath
    June 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm |

    Wow Super cool Google Tricks! Really Awsome :)

  • :)
    June 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm |

    look for “Atari breakout” in google images

    • Chris Arlington
      Chris Arlington
      July 16, 2013 at 2:34 am |

      Awesome. Thanks Super-happy!

  • I Remain Anonymous
    June 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm |

    Hey guys, type in gay marriage on Google, press enter and look at the search bar. It’s funny!

    • Chris Arlington
      Chris Arlington
      July 16, 2013 at 2:34 am |

      If by funny you mean an unstoppable movement, you’re spot on, chum!

  • ruby
    July 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm |

    some of them didnt work for me. i searched in mirror, didnt give me what it said. i searched in google mirror, didnt give me what it said. can someone help?

  • TheRealBing
    September 10, 2013 at 12:49 am |

    Wow… Google is more fun than ME. – bing

  • domonick
    September 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm |

    chicken roll!!!!!!

  • LOL
    October 23, 2013 at 11:42 am |

    look at the copyright at the very bottom of the page.

  • Suji
    October 25, 2013 at 9:22 am |

    awsome google programmers .. Hatsoff

  • Missed an Easter Egg
    November 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm |

    You forgot “Google Loco”

  • quinn
    November 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm |

    There’s also Google Guitar, where you can use your keyboard to play a guitar.

  • gooooooogle
    November 18, 2013 at 12:02 am |

    if you search “tilt” the screen will actually tilt- try it!!

  • tony
    January 2, 2014 at 1:44 am |

    what about Atari break out where you go to images an search it it turnes into a game

  • Jelex
    June 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm |

    Awesome Bro

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