Google Games: Part One

So it’s Sunday, the day made for lazing around and having fun. You want to waste some time in a vain pursuit, but the question is, what to choose? Allow us to make it nice and easy for you by telling you about some of the tricks you can do to make Google your plaything. Best of all, this is only part one – the first five of our fine selection of time-wasting treats.

1. Do a barrel roll

Type the above into the search bar and watch your search results rotate with a flourish! Not recommended for those who are easily made queasy, but it could be good preparation for flight cadets. It has been around for a while, but never gets old.

2. Recursion

Entering the above returns the query, “Did you mean: recursion?” Those clever Google chaps obviously understand that recursion is “the process of repeating items in a self-similar way”, or so Wikipedia tells us. I don’t know about you but I start to get an uneasy feeling when it seems like my web browser is wittier and more clever than me.

3. Tilt/Askew

Typing in either of the two words will cause a disorientating effect: your search results will all tilt to one side, doing exactly as it says on the tin.

4. Anagram

You remember what anagrams are from your English lessons, right? Well, try searching for one and Google will give you a witty response – “Did you mean: nag a ram?” We see what you did there, Google. We see what you did there.

5. The answer to life the universe and everything

Never accuse Google of being uneducated. Clearly the devs are well-read: typing in this phrase from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will bring up a result in Google Calculator, telling you that the answer is 42. That’s reassuring to know.

Stay tuned for part two, coming soon to Nerdscoop… you know you want to try them all!

Daniel Crocker

Daniel is the founder and head of development for the Nerdscoop website.

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