Out of all the memorable content that Dr. Seuss pumped out throughout his life, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! has to be one of my favorites. It must be someone’s favorite at Google, too, since the company published a parody poem that pays homage to Dr. Seuss’ 1990 best-seller that remains popular among high school and college graduates.
The poem makes references to well-known Google Search Easter Eggs, such as roll a dice and flip a coin. Certain Easter Eggs even change what Google Search looks like, such as askew, Atari breakouts, Zerg rushes, and Blink html. There are plenty more, but the idea is for Google to use the poem to celebrate its 20th birthday today.
While the Easter Eggs certainly bring much-needed light-heartedness to the otherwise stoic Google Search, they also show how integral Google Search became over its two decades of existence.
Google started as a Stanford University research project by company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Nicknamed “BackRub,” the research project sought to find out which web pages link to a specific page. That research project turned out to be Google’s launch point, since Page and Brin incorporated the company in 1998.
Google Search became Google’s first “product” and has since become the company’s biggest cash cow. Even with competitors like Bing, Yahoo, and Baidu, Google Search commands over 90 percent of the market and is the world’s most popular search engine. It even entered our vernacular, since the Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries recognize “google” as a verb that means to use Google Search to find information on the internet.
To put it simply, Google would not exist without Google Search. That does not mean you cannot have some fun with Google’s marquee product, hence all of the Easter Eggs over the past 20 years.
Let us know some of your favorite Google Search Easter Eggs and any additional Easter Eggs you want to see in the future in the comments below!