Yes, Google has a lot of hidden tricks that many people were unaware of until earlier this month when Mandatory published an article on some of the best of them. Well, they have a few more that didn't get covered in the last piece, so we wanted to do a part two of sorts, while also giving you something a little different. There are many other websites besides Google that have little hidden tricks and easter eggs that few of us know about. While they may not be mind-blowing or game-changing by any means, they are fun to know so that you can try to impress or entertain others. So without further adieu, please enjoy more Google tricks and a few from other popular websites (and lesser known ones), too.
Pac It On Up
You may remember back in May of 2010, the Google homepage logo was transformed into an interactive Pac-Man arcade game for two days to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Odds are, you also wasted a lot of time playing it and are glad it’s gone, even though a part of you misses it dearly. However, the game still lives on and can be played at any time. By typing “google pacman” into the Google search and clicking “I Feel Lucky,” you will be guided back to the beloved game once again. You can also access it by going to the Google Doodles page and searching for “pacman” or even by typing www.google.com/pacman into your web browser. Click “Insert Coin” and have a blast from the past…again.
This one is so good, it should be saved for last. However, we simply couldn’t hold out that long. If you’ve ever been stuck in the position where you are trying to watch a YouTube video but it is taking forever to load OR it just isn’t all that interesting, give this a try: As the video is loading/playing/paused, press the up and left arrow buttons on your keyboard at the same time. Then, use the arrow keys to play a miniature version of the Snake arcade game that just popped up over the video. If you are having trouble, try holding just the left arrow key by itself, then pushing the up arrow key after a few seconds while still holding the left one.
Ever wanted to hear a robot beatbox? Well, surely there are tons of videos on YouTube if you are into that sort of thing, you weirdo. But we are talking about Google Translate. By typing in certain odd combinations of letters and then clicking the “Listen” button (which will actually change to a “Beatbox” button), Google Translate will lay out what you threw down in the form of a sweet beat. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself by copy/pasting the following pattern, and then feel free to make up your own beat using similar odd combinations of letters:
pv zk pv zk kz zk pv zk pv zk pzk pzk pzk bsch kz bsch kz bsch kz bschk pv zk pv bschk bschk pv zk pv bschk pv pv pv bschk bschk bschk kkkkkkkkkk bschk bsch
If you are really feeling bored, click here for more sounds you can create. Just don’t blame us once you have annoyed every person you’ve ever loved.
The Konami Code
The Konami code is a cheat code that has been used in numerous Konami games since 1986, when it was first used for the game “Gradius.” It has since been used in games such as “Contra,” “Castlevania,” and numerous “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” games. The code is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. You might be wondering what this has to do with anything and why we are dorking out on you so hardcore, but this all has a point. You see, this code is so famous that there are a crazy amount of websites (including Google) that have used it to hide secret little unlockables on their websites. None of them are all that special, but most are very funny. Try the code out for yourselves on any one of the following websites and see what kind of mischief you get yourself into. Note: Sometimes, you may have to hit “enter” after typing the code for it to work, so just play it by ear:
Google Reader (must be signed in), gamestop.com, smbc-comics.com, shirtoid.com, digg.com, buzzfeed.com, lockfale.com, designologue.com/mint/
Those are just a few of our faves. For a more comprehensive list, go here. You, uh, may need to type the Konami code to enter the site. Fun practice!
AIM Express BLOX
Speaking of the Konami code, this one is a little more elaborate. First, log in to AIM Express. Once you are logged in, simply type in the Konami code, and a game called BLOX (basically Tetris) will show up on the screen. You can take it from there by clicking “Play Game” and using the arrow keys to control the blocks. Click anywhere off the BLOX screen to exit the game and get back to AIM Express. That is, if you can resist wasting hours playing it first.
Look, maybe you are British, and maybe you aren’t. But if you are a man, you probably love gambling at work, right? There are plenty of gambling sites here in the U.S., but we highly doubt that a single one of them has your back like the English site Sky Bet. On the upper right hand side of the page, you’ll see the typical Facebook and Twitter icons so you can follow them on your respective social networks. But what you’ll also see is an icon of a little man with a tiny exclamation point next to him. If you hover your mouse over him, a text will display reading “Boss? Look busy!” Once you click on the icon, you’ll know exactly what makes Sky Bet a cut above the rest.
Kick It In Reverse!
Who ever said Mini Coopers were effeminate? We certainly didn’t just now. And anyways, that’s not the point. The point is that there is even a little hidden trick on their website, miniusa.com. If you go to the search and type “reverse,” a little gear shift will appear in the left bottom corner with instructions. Follow those instructions and hang on for the very brief ride. If you aren’t a fan, you will be provided directions to take you right back where you came from. However, if for some reason you really DID need to look up the word “reverse,” you're screwed.
Hop to It
Now this may be old news to the more tech savvy crowd, but there are plenty of people that are still in the dark. Often times, when you would like to post a specific clip on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or any other social networking site, you can’t find a video of just the part you are looking for. So instead, you post a 10-minute video and simply write the time you want your friends to skip to. However, there is a much easier way that does the job for them. By adding “#t=XXmYYs” to the URL that you want to embed (with the “XX” representing the minute mark and the “YY” representing the second mark), the embedded video will jump to that exact point. For example, if we wanted to post a particular clip from the seventh season of the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” blooper reel that occurred at 04:11, this is how we would do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB0F_Jah_R4#t=04m11s
This one’s for you night owls and conspiracy theorists alike. If you believe the Loch Ness monster truly DOES exist, and also love watching old reruns of "Futurama" on television well into the early morning hours, set your iGoogle account to the beach theme and log on at 3:14 AM any night of the week. What you see may indeed shock you. But most likely it will just leave you with one burning question: “What…am I doing with my life?” There’s also the option of just setting the iGoogle clock forward to 3:14 AM so you can see the creature emerge from the waters. Totally up to you.
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This one is, for lack of a better word, cute. It may not be the trickiest trick on the list, though. Hell, it’s the least tricky of them all. But we’re willing to bet 90 percent of the people reading this don’t know of its existence. Just click on the exclamation point of the “Yahoo!” homepage icon and make sure the sound is on. If you’re in any way nostalgic of old website slogans, well then, we probably made your day.
Side note; Taco Bell used to have a similar gag on their site when you hovered your mouse over the bell in the logo. But alas, they live too mas for that sort of thing anymore.