- Ask for directions from “Fort Augustus” to “Urquhart Castle” via mass transit > click on “Route options” and choose “fewer transfers” > one of the options below will be “Loch Ness Monster”
- Ask for directions between “Snowdon” and “Brecon Beacons” via mass Transit and one of the options will be via Dragon, which will take about 21 minutes apparently.
- The peg man turns into a spaceship when dropped over Area 51 in Nevada.
- When using the time travel function in Street View, the peg man turns into Doc Brown from Back to the Future.
- Dragging the Google Street View “Peg man” onto Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA used to display him with a tie-dyed shirt. Also, while in street view on Telegraph Avenue, one can enter and have a look around some of the shops. He is also given special clothing for some widely observed special occasions: for Halloween he rides a broomstick; for Valentine’s Day he stands upon a heart; and during Christmas week, he becomes a snowman. When dragged into LegoLand in Carlsbad, the “Peg Man” turns into a LEGO Minifigure. When dragged into Street View in Sun Valley, Idaho, he becomes a skier. When dragged onto the vicinity of the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, “Peg Man” becomes a tennis player holding a racket. Dragged near the Kennedy Space Center, “Peg Man” becomes an astronaut.
- In Google Maps when going from Magdalene College to Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge, choosing public transportation, it will give “Punt” as an option.
- Also when going from Magdalen College to Wolfson College in Oxford, choosing public transportation, it will give “Punt” as an option as well.
- When going from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace, an option is given to travel by royal carriage.
- Dragging the Google Street View “Peg man” over Area 51 changes him to a UFO.
- Searching for “askew” or “tilt” using Google will cause the search results to be displayed at a slight angle.
- Searching for “Atari Breakout” and then clicking Images will start a game of Breakout using the image results as bricks. When one wins it searches something else randomly and plays again.
- Searching for “Do a barrel roll” or “z or r twice” will cause the search result to rotate 360 degrees when showing. This is often connected with Nintendo’s Star Fox games.
- Searching for “zerg rush” causes a bunch of Google “o”s to attack the result page and eventually destroy it; the user can, however, fight back by tapping on them. After destroying the results, the “o”s then arrange themselves into two capital ‘G’s, representing the acronym for “good game”.
- Searching for “Bletchley Park” will cause the title of the info card to appear as if it was being deciphered by Google. This is a reference to the fact that Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was the central site of the United Kingdom’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which during the Second World War regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers.
- Searching for “kerning” will increase the spacing between every letter in the word kerning by 1 pixel whenever it shows up in the search results page. Conversely, searching for “keming” (a common example of unfortunate kerning) will decrease the spacing between letters of the word when it shows up in the search results page.
- Searching for any actor’s name followed by “bacon number” returns the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon value.
- Searching for “recursion” will result in Google asking if the user meant “Recursion.”
- Searching for “Conway’s Game of Life” produces the Life simulation described by Conway. If you look closely, you can see it spells Google.
- Searching for “how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” using “Search by voice” produces a vocal response of another tongue twister “A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood”.
- Searching for “Festivus” places a Festivus pole in the left side of the window.
- Searching for “Santa Claus” or “Christmas decorations” places an animation of a snowy landscape with Santa Claus and his reindeer riding across the top of the search results. On Christmas Eve, a map will appear where Santa is currently located.
- Searching for “anagram” results in the search engine asking “Did you mean: nag a ram” (“nag a ram” is an anagram of the word “anagram”)
- Searching for “Google in 1998” results in a 1998 Google search screen appearing in place of the current Google search screen. Clicking on the first result will bring the user to the Wayback Machine‘s version of Google from 1998. However, clicking I’m Feeling Lucky will go to a page showing google’s history in depth.
- Searching for “Google Pacman” has a playable version of the game appear on the screen.
- Searching for the film star Jason Isaacs returns “Hello to Jason Isaacs”, a reference to the BBC Radio 5 live film review program with Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo.
- Searching ‘who are you’ using the voice recognition search causes the voiceover to say ‘searching for oneself may take a lifetime. But a good place to start is classic rock.’
- Searching for “beam me up, Scotty” using voice search produces a vocal response that says “I cannot do it, Captain, I do not have the power.” in an impersonation of the character Mr. Scott from Star Trek.
- Searching for “What does the fox say?” using voice search produces various vocal responses from the song of the same name by Ylvis.
- Searching for “Webdriver torso” will cause the Google logo to change to look like a webdriver torso video.
- Searching for “marquee html“, “<marquee>” or “marquee tag” will cause the number of results caption to scroll sideways continuously, similar to the effect of the marquee HTML element.
- Searching for “blink html“, “<blink>“, or “blink tag” will cause bold text in the search results to repeatedly flicker between visible and hidden, similar to the effect of the blink HTML element.
I did this with Aidan Parker.
The actual lab report:
My mnemonic device for the metric prefixes: