Published on July 3rd, 2013 | by Sid0
Yes, I know Easter has already come and gone and so talking about Easter eggs now may seem a little stupid. But these aren’t your ordinary Easter eggs that you get during Easter. These are special Easter eggs that you can find everyday in some of the most commonly used software on the planet.
An Easter egg (in terms of software) is a hidden message or in-joke that software developers will sneak into whatever project they’re working on. These eggs are not meant to harm or damage the computer. Some of them are just subtle references or some sort of information (such as the names of the developer), but there are a few that can be really fun like jokes or even short games like Snake and Tetris. Here are a few of them that you can try:
Microsoft has many Easter eggs hidden throughout their software. Microsoft Excel 95 contained a Doom-like game called “The Hall of Tortured Souls”. The 1997 version of MS Office had other Easter eggs too such as a hidden flight simulator in Excel and a pinball game in Word. Microsoft Excel 2000 had a car racing game in it called “Dev Hunter”. Some of the latest eggs include hidden sounds in Windows Vista and God Mode among others.
Mozilla Firefox has a famous Easter egg in its web browser. It’s the “about” feature which allows you to configure certain sections. Typing “about:about” in the URL will give you a list of all the menus. Most of these options are legitimate but there are a few that are Easter eggs such as “about:robots”. But the most well known of these is “about:mozilla”. While you might expect this command to show some sort of information about the browser, what it actually does is display an ominous looking text which it says is an excerpt from the Book of Mozilla. You haven’t heard of it? Well the Book of Mozilla is an ongoing piece of literature that the developers at Mozilla have been secretly inserting into their browsers since 1995 (while working on AOL’s Netscape). The beast “Mammon” that’s mentioned in almost all the excerpts (Mammon means material wealth or greed) is actually Microsoft Internet Explorer. You can read all available excerpts from the Book of Mozilla here.
Microsoft Internet Explorer has a similar Easter egg. Typing “about:mozilla” in some versions of IE will give you the famous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).
YouTube also has a nifty little Easter egg which actually let you play the game Snake on the window while your video is buffering. Even though this Easter egg has been removed in the 2013 update there are still many others present such as typing “do the harlem shake” in the search bar (which causes the page to do a Harlem Shake) and adding “&vhs=1” at the end of the video URL (which causes the video to take on a degraded videotape look).
Google’s operating system Android has its own hidden Easter egg containing a funny animation. This Easter egg can be accessed by opening the Settings app on your Android device (if u have v2.3 or higher). Click on About Phone and repeatedly tap the Android version section present to reveal the animation.
These are just a few of the hundreds of Easter eggs that are littered in codes and software all around us. And not just software, Easter eggs are also found in many other places like movies and books. Man of Steel, was full of them. Most of them were just subtle references to other characters in the DC Universe. But did you see the one pertaining to Christopher Reeve? If you would like to know about more Easter eggs, especially the ones that Google has hidden on their search page or about their April Fools’ hoaxes, please leave a comment in the comments section below and I will be happy to oblige. Also if you have found any other Easter eggs of your own, or would, our comments section is always open. Until next time folks!