Easter Eggs & “Easter Eggs”

Easter Eggs & “Easter Eggs”

by Lydia, 31st March 2015

It?s that time of the year again! Time to gather those eggs and think about how you want to decorate them for Easter. But what has Easter got to do with eggs? You certainly won’t find your answer in the bible but many of such Easter traditions have been around for centuries.

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Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources.

One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Ok, so besides the traditional, colourful and festive Easter eggs, you might have heard of the term “Easter Eggs” when people talk about surprises, especially those related to IT and the Internet.?An?Easter egg?is an intentional?inside joke,?hidden message, or feature in a work such as a?computer program,?video game,?movie,book, or?crossword?puzzle.

If you Google “Easter egg games”, “Easter egg apps” or “Easter egg websites”, you’ll be sure to discover endless hours of fun trying out secret hotspots or commands that you never knew exists.

Here are some really interesting Easter eggs planted by Google, try them out over this Easter holiday weekend!

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Google barrel roll

Searching for “do a barrel roll” at Google–or for?“z or r twice”?produces a dynamically spinning view of the search site.

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Google off kilter

A?Google search for tilt?or?askew?yields an appropriately off-kilter view of the search site.

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Google 42 search

Ask Google the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything?and, in a tribute to “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” you’ll get the number 42.

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Google Gravity search

 

The?Google Gravity?chrome experiment by Mr. Doob is amusing–especially since the search page still works, with new search results piling up.

Google-Gravity

 

 

Google pirate interface

Buccaneers or those sailing under a letter of marque might feel more comfortable withGoogle’s Pirate interface. There’s?one for the Muppets’ Swedish Chef, too.

Google-Pirate

 

 

 

 

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