“Do a barrel roll!” a virtual dogfighting rabbit screamed into a virtual dogfighting fox’s ear in Starfox 64 and BAM! 14 years later, a Google Easter egg was born. Dorky? Sure. Awesome? Yep. And that’s not even getting into the ironic fact that Peppy Hare – an old male rabbit with a grown daughter – has somehow changed genders and is now laying Easter eggs of his own. Peppy may be surprised from the sudden turn of events, but we’re not: Google has a long, storied history of dropping arcane, geektastic tidbits in the dark corners of its products. And we’re here to show them to you!
Ranging from Google search fun to dragon slaying and talking Martians, all of these Easter eggs are still around and fully functional, unlike some other hidden Google gems that have disappeared into the gaping Internet abyss (we’re looking at you, Google Maps). Fire up your favorite browser and go check them out for yourself!
"Do a barrel roll" ain't Google first barrel roll. That honor goes to the deeper-than-you'd-think flight simulator buried inside of Google Earth. It used to be a hidden feature accessed by pressing Crtl + Alt + A, but newer versions let you access it from the Tools menu.