Google celebrates Halloween with ghoulish search terms
TORONTO – Whether you are looking for last minute costume ideas, or spooky decorations, your Halloween-related Google search might provide you with a few laughs this year.
When users search terms like “Ghost,” “Skeleton,” “Werewolf,” or “Vampire” they will see tongue-in-cheek information boxes about Halloween-themed creatures.
Search “Witch,” for example, and you will get information about the witch’s food source (strange brew and candy), how to avoid them (hide if you see a flock of flying monkeys) and how to defeat them if you cross them (throw a pail of water).
Search “Werewolf” and you will notice related searches including “Team Jacob” and “shaving cream.”
Google even included a helpful tip on defeating any ghosts you might come across on Thursday night – call Peter Venkman and Ray Stantz.
These quirky little touches are called “Easter Eggs” – a nickname used for a message hidden in a computer program. In fact, Google has been hiding these Easter Eggs all over the Internet for a number of years.
Take for example the “Do a barrel roll” Easter Egg.
Users who type in a search for “Do a barrel roll” into Google search will literally see their page do a 360 degree turn. Or, type in “askew” to Google search to reveal an off-kilter page view.
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