Friday, March 21, 2008

Useless Fun on a Friday

Sometimes it's fun to just surf around, doing stupid stuff on the computer. And now I will share what I discovered.

  1. Go to Google
  2. Type "google xx-elmer"
  3. Click on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.
Apparently there are bored Google gurus out there with nothing better to do than re-program the Google search page. These aren't even parody pages - they are real Google pages.

A special note from Larry's perspective - sometimes the blind experience of the internet through the eyes of a screen reader is very different than for the rest of us.

For example, type "google 133t"

Screen readers don't like reading these pages. Larry's "talking man", Window Eyes, his screen reader, tries to read everything literally, and tries to make words out of any letter combination, and painfully reads each number out. So when you "google 133t", just think about what kind of sense that would make to someone with a screen reader.

Even an unusual smiley like ;) isn't recognized as a smiley, and his screen reader calls it "semi colon right parenthesis" - and he's left wondering WTF... Anyway back to our Friday Fun.

You can also try:

google gothic
for those with a dark side

google xx-piglatin
alwaysway unfay otay alktay inway iglatinpay

google bsd
Great one to set your homepage for Valentine's Day

google linux
For penguin or operating system lovers

And just in time for some pre-holiday Easter fun:

google easter egg
A cute game for the kids (or yourself) - make sure Java is installed

Note: If you are googling from any of these "special" pages, sometimes you get unexpected results, or no page found. It worked best if I went back to normal Google first, and clicked the I'm Feeling Lucky button from that page.

I wonder if the bunny in the video that I posted earlier today would have done better if he clicked the I'm Feeling Lucky button?

Contributed by Jamie Naessens

1 comment:

  1. I thought I was the only GOOGLE nut!
    Do you think it might be a hereditary condition?