Google has paid tribute to veteran US actor Betty White with an Easter egg after she passed away on New Year’s Eve, just weeks before her 100th birthday yesterday (17 January).
Users googling her name will see the words “Thank you for being a friend” pop up on their screen with a rose-petal shower, a reference to the theme song of The Golden Girls sitcom that White starred in.
Often hailed as the First Lady of Television, White was a Guinness World Record holder for the longest TV career by a female entertainer and has for decades been one of the most recognisable faces in US film, television and comedy.
As Google celebrated her life, we went hunting for some other Easter eggs the search giant hides in its website that you may not have stumbled upon yet. Other than the many Google games and that dinosaur every time you go offline, of course.
With the holiday season just behind us, you may not have had to time to google “Christmas Day” or “New Year’s Day” to double-check the exact dates, but Google does have a trick up its sleeve when you do. If you do find the Easter egg, don’t forget to click on it for yet another surprise.
Do a trick
Not all Google Easter eggs are seasonal, though. Many year-round ones have come and gone, but two tricks have stood the test of time: “Askew” and “Do a barrel roll”. Users who google those two search terms will be in for a twisted surprise, turning many a head. However, if you see the tricks without googling the terms, maybe take some rest.
It’s been more than two decades since Robert Luketic made his directorial debut with Legally Blonde, a comedy film about a blonde college girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a degree from Harvard Law College.
Starring Reese Witherspoon, the film is considered a timeless classic and Google has a surprise for anyone searching for the film, just ahead of a third film coming this May.
Google as a baby
Speaking of things more than two decades old, Google itself has been around for a very long time – turning 24 this September. While the search giant has come a long way in terms of looks since 1998, when it was first created, Google holds strong to nostalgia and is willing to take anyone googling “Google in 1998” back in time. See it for yourself.
With Pride marches across many parts of the world set to go ahead this year, including Dublin Pride, “pride” will be a popular search term for many. But what many won’t see is the beating heart on the right in colours of the rainbow flag. As usual, don’t forget to click on it.
Every year, a new generation of fans of the classic sitcom Friends is born, thanks to undying references from millennial relatives and the show’s availability on Netflix. Google, itself on the weird space between millennial and Gen Z, pays tribute to the show every time someone googles the name of one of the five titular friends. Start with Joey Tribbiani to find out what he doesn’t share.
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