“Easter eggs” in Google’s Thanksgiving logo

November 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm

As if Google’s Thanksgiving logo weren’t cute enough — when you click the turkey’s wing, its headgear, footwear, and feather colors will change randomly (alternatively, you can click an individual element of the logo repeatedly to cycle through the various options for that element) — it also contains at least four “Easter eggs.”  Yes, I know it sounds as if I’m getting my holidays confused, but in this case “Easter eggs” is a term of art.  It refers to “secret” messages, scripts, graphics, videos, and so forth that are hidden in software (or elsewhere) for enterprising users to discover.

As for the Google turkey, I discovered at least four such treasures by changing the colors of the turkey feathers, then changing the headgear, and finally changing the footwear.  The first one appeared quite by accident (I wasn’t actively looking for Easter eggs), but once I found it, I determined to try to find others.  And I did!

I don’t want to give away too much, but in the interest of saving you at least a little bit of time, I’ll just mention that I made the colors of the four feathers match — to the best of my ability — before modifying the other parts of the turkey’s costume.  There might be additional Easter eggs that appear when the turkey feathers are different colors, but I actually have some work to do today (in addition to some plans to attend a holiday dinner), so I’ll leave that for others to figure out.

Have fun, but remember to stop every now and again to be sociable.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!  (And many, many thanks to all of my wonderful friends, family members, colleagues, clients, and employers — among others — who have made this year extra special and memorable.  I am grateful for each and every one of you!)

P.S.  Have been soooo busy working the past couple of months that I haven’t had a chance to add any substantive posts.  Hoping to write some new tips soon, though.

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