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Hunting for Hidden Treasures – The Wild World of Website Easter Eggs!

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Welcome to the exciting world of Easter eggs hidden on websites! If you’ve ever found yourself clicking on random objects on a webpage you might just be on the hunt for one of these little treasures.

What are Website Easter Eggs?

These little gems are like buried treasure on the internet because they’re hidden, unexpected, and oh so much fun to discover! Easter eggs on websites are hidden surprises, jokes, or interactive elements that are intentionally embedded by developers or designers. They can be anything from secret pages to pop culture references, to hidden messages or mini games! Think of them as a little gift from the website creators to the curious and adventurous users who go looking for them. So, if you’re feeling up for a challenge, put on your explorer hat, grab your mouse, and let’s go hunt for some web Easter eggs!

What type of Website Easter Eggs exist?

There are many Easter eggs hidden on websites around the internet, and new ones are constantly being created! Here are a few common examples:

Konami code

Entering the Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A) on some websites will trigger a hidden effect. These effects are usually something like changing the color scheme or displaying a secret message.

Secret pages

Some websites have hidden pages that can only be accessed by typing a specific URL or clicking on a certain object on the page.

Hidden messages

Some websites have hidden messages but can only be found by highlighting text or clicking on certain images.

Interactive elements

Some websites have interactive elements that respond to mouse movements, such as hidden animations or clickable objects.

Pop culture references

Some websites include Easter eggs that reference popular culture, such as hidden references to movies, TV shows, or video games.

Developer jokes

Some websites have Easter eggs that are inside jokes for developers or tech enthusiasts, such as hidden code comments or error messages.

Hidden games

Some websites have hidden games, but they can only be accessed by clicking on certain elements or typing in a specific code.

Keep in mind that Easter eggs are typically hidden and not immediately obvious. Therefore, you get to have fun finding them! Because where is the fun in finding something obvious?

Here are some real-life website Easter Eggs we’ve come across.

  1. Oreilly Auto Parts: Search “121g”. Then you’ll be taken to a detailed Flux Capacitor page.
  2. Google: Search for “do a barrel roll” on Google. Then the search results page will spin around in a 360-degree rotation.
  3. LinkedIn: Look for “Jedi Master Yoda.” His professional headline says, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
  4. Amazon: Search for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” on Amazon. Then the search results page will display a towel icon. This is a nod to the book’s famous quote that “a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”
  5. GitHub: Search the Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A) on GitHub. After that, the webpage will animate and display a message.
  6. Imgur: Search for “Atari Breakout” on Imgur. Then you can play the classic game right in the image search results page.

These are just a few examples. Plus, there are many more out there waiting to be discovered.

And there you have it, a peek into the wonderful world of website Easter eggs! Easter eggs can add an extra layer of excitement and discovery to your browsing experience. The internet is full of surprises! Finding these hidden gems can be a fun activity because it’s basically a good treasure hunt. So, the next time you’re browsing a website, see if you can spot any Easter eggs! Happy hunting, and a very Happy Easter to all!

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Samantha

Samantha is the founder and creative director for Shanty Town Design. She spends much of her day discussing clients' brand and web strategies, directing and creating with team members to achieve design goals, and brainstorming business opportunities. She enjoys gardening, astrology, traveling, exploring everything strange & unusual, and spending time with her small pack of dogs.

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