Tired of the same old Google searches? You type your query, Google returns results, you click the one you want. Yawn.
But what if you had to battle Google for your search results?
If that sounds like your cup of tea, then type "zerg rush" into your Google search bar on Google.com. This newly discovered easter egg unlocks a game that unleashes dozens of letter Os to obliterate the links on your search page. When all your search results have been destroyed, the Os form two giant Gs. You can earn points by clicking on the letter Os to stop them in their tracks.
Gamers will recognize "zerg rush" as an homage to the sci-fi strategy game "Starcraft," in which a horde of attacking alien enemies (called Zergs) would sometimes overwhelm an unsuspecting player.
Forbes explains that the Zerg characters "spread through the universe by co-opting the DNA of other organisms and twisting it to their own purposes."
So, as you're trying desperately (but ultimately in vain) to fend off the evil Os, think of your fight as a last stand to defend the interwebz. And when you lose, which you will, take comfort in the fact that you can at least hit the "refresh" button.
See the easter egg in action (below), then scroll down and flip through the slideshow to view some of our favorite Google tricks.
When you type "let it snow" into the search bar, Google sends a shower of snowflakes down your screen. But watch out! It gets frosty fast. If that happens, just use your cursor like an ice scraper or click "defrost." It's a good way to prepare for those frosty mornings in the car.
Wanna feel like you're flying a fighter jet while you look for things on the internet? Type <a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-piglatin#hl=xx-piglatin&source=hp&q=do+a+barrel+roll&btnG=Google+Earchsay&gbv=2&bav=cf.osb&fp=d9b1dc2a24b11a17&biw=1280&bih=615" target="_hplink">"do a barrel roll"</a> into the Google search bar and watch the whole page roll over.
You shouldn't be afraid to ask Google the hard questions. Query <a href="https://www.google.com/#pq=askew&hl=en&sugexp=kjrmc&cp=28&gs_id=42&xhr=t&q=what+is+the+loneliest+number&tok=D9RnikF6EoRNko2269EJ5Q&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&source=hp&pbx=1&oq=what+is+the+loneliest+number&aq=0&aqi=g1&aql=f&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=54eccb786198c044&biw=1280&bih=615" target="_hplink">"What is the loneliest number"</a> and Google's calculator will tell you that it is "1". The calculator returns the same answer when you query "the answer to life, the universe, and everything," as well as "the number of horns on a unicorn." Image via <a href="www.google.com" target="_hplink">Google</a>
Get Google a little tipsy when you search<a href="https://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=askew&pbx=1&oq=askew&aq=f&aqi=g-z2g2&aql=1&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=15450l16004l1l16189l5l4l0l0l0l0l171l599l1.3l4l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=54eccb786198c044&biw=1280&bih=615" target="_hplink"> "askew".</a> Image via <a href="www.google.com" target="_hplink">Google</a>
Tired of Google being so weightless all the time? Bring it down to Earth by entering "Google gravity" and clicking "I'm Feeling Lucky". Once the search bar, buttons and logo have collapsed into a heap at the bottom of the page, you can toss them around the page by clicking, dragging and releasing them.
You know when you're in a bathroom with lots of mirrors and you look into one and see your reflection <a href="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/2683236467_d9bce06ae5.jpg" target="_hplink">repeated into infinity?</a> That's called recursion. <a href="http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recursive" target="_hplink">According to Merriam-Webster,</a> the word means "a procedure that can repeat itself indefinitely." If you <a href="http://www.nochucknorris.com/" target="_hplink">Google with the word "recursion,"</a> Google will suggest the following at the top of its list of search results: "Did you mean: recursion." If you click Google's suggestion, a new page will load, but "Did you mean: recursion" will remain at the at the top of the results list. (With the time and inclination, you could go on and on like this forever.)
Google saves you from a roundhouse kick to the face by coming up empty when you attempt an "I'm Feeling Lucky" search for <a href="http://www.nochucknorris.com/" target="_hplink">"Where is Chuck Norris?"</a> Instead users are <a href="http://www.nochucknorris.com/" target="_hplink">taken to www.NoChuckNorris.com</a>, which displays text that reads, "Google won't search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don't find Chuck Norris, he finds you." The page also gives users an option to search "pages from Chuck's Beard."
The Google Calculator also returns more complicated answers. Query "baker's dozen" and the calculator returns "13." Searching "once in a blue moon" yields a comically small number (seen above).
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Type the phrase "zerg rush" into Google and watch as dozens of little Os try to destroy the links on your search results page. You can earn points by clicking the Os and stopping them in their tracks, but you can't really win this Google game. <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57422861-93/googling-zerg-rush-sends-you-to-battle-to-save-your-search-results/" target="_hplink">CNET agrees</a>: "[Y]ou're fighting a losing battle."
If you're watching a dull video on YouTube.com, you can press the Up+Left arrows simultaneously to enjoys a game of "Snake" over the video. <a href="http://thenextweb.com/apps/2010/07/24/did-you-know-you-can-play-snake-on-youtube-while-watching-videos-hold-left/" target="_hplink">According to The Next Web</a>, this trick doesn't work for videos with "annotations or ads. It's limited to the videos played on YouTube's site and it doesn't work for embedded videos." Check out the video (above) to see how it's done.