Please list your favorite easter eggs, include link and application/game name.

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What Easter Eggs have you placed in code?
Is it a good idea to put Easter Eggs in applications?



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Two of my favourites are Picasa 3

Ctrl-Shift-Y and it creates teddy bears all over the screen

And Google Earth

Ctrl-Alt-A and it opens up a flight simulator for your enjoyment

I mean, only google employees have time to add those sort of easter eggs


Matlab: the "why" command:

>> why
Pete wanted it that way.
>> why
I told me to.
>> why
A young kid told me to.
>> why
Bill insisted on it.
>> why
For the love of Jack.
>> why
The computer did it.
>> why
Some not very bald very rich system manager wanted it.

Mmmm, chocolate


The Excel97 flight simulator is old but still fun.


VLC Media player's tray icon and application icon have a santa hat on top of them if you have used it recently near christmas :)



The original ... Atari Adventure ... Get the "dot" in the black castle and 2 other objects in a room near the yellow castle and you can walk through the right hand wall. You can see the programmer's name "Warren Robinett" ... gotta love cramming an easter egg into an Atari Cartridge.


My favourite is Doom II:

  • John Romero's impaled head inside the final boss (link)
  • 2 hidden Wolfenstein 3D levels (map 31 and 32)
  • Commander Keen hung in the end of the 2 levels (link)

XYZZY Minesweeper Cheat (For Windows XP)



1) In Windows Pinball

Press start, All programs, games, Pinball.

When you are in pinball wait until the ball appears, then type in 'hidden test' without the quotes. if you have not mispelt this then you should be able to hold the mouse button and control the ball with the mouse.

2) Another simple one

1) Open up Notepad 2) Type "Bush hid the facts" 3) Save the document 4) Close and Re-Open

Seems like this one ("Bush hid the facts") should work with any combination of characters 4-3-3-5

3) In MS Word (it's a diagnostic feature i guess))

Type =rand(1,1) in word, hit enter and see :)


OpenOffice.org . Link: http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Easter_Eggs . Overview of the most fun ones:

  • Put =GAME("StarWars") into any cell and press ENTER. A version of Space Invaders is playable.
  • Put =ANTWORT("Das Leben, das Universum und der ganze Rest") into any cell and press ENTER. The result is the famous number 42 from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Firefox 3 . Put about:robots into the location bar, and robots will greet you...


In Python:

from __future__ import braces

Car race in MS Excel 2000



In Python

import this

Well, I was going to say Google Moon at maximum magnification, but they seem to have removed the cheese!


The vi clone I wrote in Javascript has a :moo and a :kwak

My favorite in someone elses' application is probably the title bar in Space Quest IV.


The hidden part in the Second Reality demo by Future Crew is very nice.


My fav is the Quakr Express space man that destructs objects with a space gun. It appeared in Quark Express 3 but here's a vid showing the space visit in Q4: http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=NG6rbVb65nY

And, in case anyone wonders. I have the t-shirt. =)


For me it has to be the Car game in MS Excel 2000.


:help 42 and :help grail in vim :)


VisualAge for java

  1. Select "Help->About" from any window
  2. TAB to the "Take me there" button (DO NOT CLICK!)
  3. Type "penguins" (without the quotes)
  4. TAB to the "Ok" button
  5. Press "Enter"


aptitude moo
There are no Easter Eggs in this program.

aptitude -v moo
There really are no Easter Eggs in this program.

aptitude -vv moo

I always thought "The Hall of Tortured Souls" was amusing.


In python

from __future__ import braces