Some Cool YouTube Easter Eggs
There are apparently dozens of YouTube Easter eggs. Some are cool, others are lame. Some are quite amusing and it is these that I have collated into this post. There is already a lot to see and do on YouTube, but sometimes it’s nice to venture off the beaten path and see something new.
As you would expect from Google, most YouTube Easter eggs are either geeky, inside jokes, tech jokes or memes, but that doesn’t make them any less interesting. Here are some I think are particularly worth your time.
Use the force Luke
As a Star Wars fan, this one appeals to me for obvious reasons. Type ‘Use the force Luke’ into the YouTube search bar and hit Enter. You should see some strange effects applied to the entire page. Move the mouse around for a few more.
Remember that dog who suddenly appeared out of nowhere and seemed to be everywhere with its Comic Sans font and colors? Doge Meme brings back those heady days. Type ‘Doge Meme’ into the YouTube search box and hit Enter. Made my eyes hurt!
I like the Leanback YouTube Easter egg a lot. I think the entire YouTube experience is the better for it. The interface looks better, larger icons seem to work better and you can use your keyboard to navigate. Use the arrow keys to navigate around the page and hit Enter to select something to play. I think YouTube should be like this all the time. Navigate to www.youtube.com/leanback to see for yourself.
Rise of the robots
While the amusement lasts only a second, every sci-fi fan should try this one. Navigate to https://www.youtube.com/robots.txt to see a message from the future. Robots.txt is a legitimate HTML file that tells search engines whether to index a web page or not. YouTube had a little fun with theirs.
Stats for Nerds
Stats for Nerds is a neat little feature that gives you some stats for the video currently playing. Play a video in YouTube, right click within it and select ‘Stats for Nerds’. A small overlay box will appear showing the video size, resolution, volume and other neat details for it. While of no use to 99.9% of people, information is king.
Rainbow Stream is a tiny YouTube Easter egg but worth a quick look as long as you are not epileptic. Put a video into full screen and type ‘awesome’ on your keyboard. You should now see the progress bar and bottom icons flash in random colors. You won’t be able to watch it for long, but it is there nonetheless. Put the video back into normal mode to get rid of it.
Webdriver Torso has no purpose at all but is an Easter egg so I’ll list it here. Type ‘Webdriver Torso’ into the YouTube search bar and watch your search results turn red and blue. I have no idea why or what Webdriver Torso refers to but it’s something to try for a second.
YouTube Easter eggs that no longer work
There are dozens of lists of YouTube Easter eggs but many contain items that no longer work. Or at least I couldn’t get them to work and neither could anyone else in the office. You may be able to though.
Do the Harlem Shake
Type ‘Do the Harlem Shake’ into the YouTube search box and hit enter. The results are supposed to shake but I think it no longer works.
Type ‘1980’ while any video is playing and the video is then supposed to feature a game of Missile Command from the 1980s. This didn’t work for me or anyone else I asked to try it.
Type ‘/Geek Week’ into the YouTube search box and the results are supposed to go ACSII. They no longer do.
Beam me up Scotty
This was one of the most famous YouTube Easter eggs but it seems it no longer works either. Type ‘Beam me up Scotty’ into the YouTube search box used to show the beam effect from the classic TV show.
Type ‘ponies’ or ‘bronies’ into the YouTube search box to generate My Little Ponies in the search results. No longer works.
Type ‘Fibonacci’ into the YouTube search box and it would generate a whirl in the search results. Whirl no longer.
Much like the saying, 1337 no longer works either, thankfully. Typing ‘1337’ into a video page would turn all comments into ‘leet speak’. Not working.
Know of any other working YouTube Easter eggs worth seeing? Tell us about them below if you do!