Who doesn’t love an Easter egg? And no, I’m not talking about the kind you ruin your heirloom kitchen table painting. I’m talking about the type of easter egg that quickens the pulses of nerds from 4chan to Foursquare. The kind of easter egg that keeps entire forums afloat. The kind of easter egg that makes a developer’s day.
Yup, I’m talking about those quirky, crazy coding tricks that can be unlocked by doing certain things on certain sites. From naked chicks in Grand Theft Auto to the famous Facebook lens flare trick, there are more easter eggs on the web than there are in the seasonal aisle at your local CVS right now. So why do devs do it? Well, because it’s fun. And when you spend all day staring at code, you take your fun where you can get it. And then you hide that fun so that only the coolest of your core users can find it. Unless of course, you happen to be Google. In which case, your easter eggs are easier to spot than Lady Gaga’s phantom phallus. Especially when Mashable decides to fill a slow Saturday by publishing 5 of them for all the tech world to see.
Of course, that doesn’t make them any less fun to play with. Especially if you – like me – have some time to kill on your own slow Saturday. After all, the new Real Housewives episode doesn’t hit the rerun airwaves for at least another 30 minutes. . .