VIDEO: Google’s “Do A Barrel Roll” Search Is Latest Easter Egg
If you have vertigo, be careful with this one: Google’s latest easter egg search result comes in the form of a nifty, spin-tastic search results page for the query do a barrel roll. When you do that search, Google listens and make the search results page do a barrel roll.
Here’s a video that we’ve posted on YouTube:
If you’re wondering “why?,” well … we were, too. Here’s the official word from a Google spokesperson:
Today’s fun query, ‘do a barrel roll’, was created by a Google software engineer with the primary goal of entertaining users — while showcasing the power of CSS3, a presentation feature of modern browsers. The ‘do a barrel roll’ query, which causes the search page to spin, will remain in place for a while.
This is the latest of several Google search easter eggs. You can search for “tilt” or “askew” and see another one. Google’s ASCII art logo is still available if you search for ascii art. And, as Google Operating System points out, there are also a couple easter eggs where Google comically uses the “Did you mean?” feature on searches for anagram and recursion.
Update: This “do a barrel roll” search should work for anyone using a modern browser that supports HTML5.