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Google users were delighted recently by the discovery of a new Search trick, ”do a barrel roll”. Here’s how it works: Type the command “do a barrel roll” into Google’s search bar and watch the Search interface perform a 360-degree somersault before your eyes. And this isn’t the only goodie to be found within Google’s vast web of Internet properties.

Google engineers are surprisingly committed to injecting otherwise ho-hum internet searches with a bit of whimsy.Their iconic logo alone has been updated over 1,000 times to celebrate holidays, birthdays and historical events. Some of these so-called Google Doodles have featured complex animated videos, such as the epic birthday tribute to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, while others offered hilarious interactive surprises, like the playful Muppet animations on Jim Henson’s birthday.

There are also goodies to be found in other products like Google Maps, Google Earth, YouTube and Gmail.

  • Do A Barrel Roll - Wanna feel like you’re flying a fighter jet while you look for things on the internet? Type “do a barrel roll” into the Google search bar and watch the whole page roll over.

  • What Is The Loneliest Number? - You shouldn’t be afraid to ask Google the hard questions. Query “What is the loneliest number” and Google’s calculator will tell you that it is “1″. The calculator returns the same answer when you query “the answer to life, the universe, and everything,” as well as “the number of horns on a unicorn.”


  • Askew - Get Google a little tipsy when you search ”askew”.

  • Google Gravity - Tired of Google being so weightless all the time? Bring it down to Earth by entering “Google gravity” and clicking “I’m Feeling Lucky”. Once the search bar, buttons and logo have collapsed into a heap at the bottom of the page, you can toss them around the page by clicking, dragging and releasing them.

  • Recursion - You know when you’re in a bathroom with lots of mirrors and you look into one and see your reflection repeated into infinity? That’s called recursion. According to Merriam-Webster, the word means “a procedure that can repeat itself indefinitely.” If you Google with the word “recursion,”Google will suggest the following at the top of its list of search results: “Did you mean: recursion.” If you click Google’s suggestion, a new page will load, but “Did you mean: recursion” will remain at the at the top of the results list. (With the time and inclination, you could go on and on like this forever.)

  • Where Is Chuck Norris? - Google saves you from a roundhouse kick to the face by coming up empty when you attempt an “I’m Feeling Lucky” search for “Where is Chuck Norris?” Instead users are taken to, which displays text that reads, “Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.” The page also gives users an option to search “pages from Chuck’s Beard.”

  • Once In A Blue Moon - The Google Calculator also returns more complicated answers. Query “baker’s dozen” and the calculator returns “13.” Searching “once in a blue moon” yields a comically small number (seen above).

  • Google Pig Latin - Otay eesay Oogle’sgay omepagehay anslatedtray intoway Igpay Atinlay, ypetay “ooglegay igpay atinlay” intoway Ooglegay andway ithay “I’mway Eelingfay Uckylay”.

    You can also customize your Google search to display text in a number of languages, such French, German and Japanese, as well as Latin, Pirate and Klingon.

  • Tilt –  Get Google a little tipsy when you search Tilt.
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  • T_poppenhusen

    “The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything” returns 42, as it should. Get your information straight, and read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

  • Rick Beckman

    The ones where you have to press “I’m Feeling Lucky” aren’t so much Google tricks as they are websites other people made to have a li’l fun on the coattails of Google’s popularity…

    • Pratyush Pattnaik

      Yes.. Thnks for comment…

  • Austin

    The answer to once in a blue moon is actually the correct number. A blue moon occurs 7 times ever 19 years. 19 years is 599581594 seconds. 7 divided by 599581594 is 1.1674808×10^-8 times per second. The unit hertz is essentially 1/second. Thus 1.1674808×10^-8 hertz is once in a blue moon. Google’s number is vaguely different, it looks like they use 599833678 for the number of seconds in 19 years, which given leap years, is also accurate, so it is not just a “comically small number” it is an accurate number. 

    • Pratyush Pattnaik