Web Developers Just Wanna Have Fun

Sometimes staring at a computer screen all day and fervently tapping away on a keyboard just isn’t exciting enough for web developers. Source code also isn’t (usually) incredibly thrilling. As inherently creative individuals, developers sometimes feel the need to spend (maybe a little too much) time adding some interest to their code files.

An Easter egg, as defined by Wikipedia, is an inside joke, hidden message, or secret feature intentionally built into an interactive work. Easter eggs can take many different forms and are found all across the web. Here are some fun examples of developers expressing their creative side.

Cheater Cheater

The Konami Code is a well-known cheat code that appears as part of many video games produced by the Japanese entertainment company, Konami. The code sequence became so famous that web developers started building special functionalities into their websites that only appear once the Konami Code is entered.

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Digg’s implementation of the Konami Code Easter egg [Image credit: Digg]

Enter the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a) while previewing any page, and Digg will rick-roll you by replacing all photos with a giant portrait of Rick Astley and playing a short audio clip of Never Gonna Give You Up.

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Konami code in use at GQ [Image credit: GQ]

GQ’s U.K. site endures a velociraptor attack when entering the Konami Code on the home screen.

Vincent van ‘Coder’

Some people draw, some people paint, others design meticulous compositions of text characters for visual effect. Some sites like Coca-Cola and The Oatmeal have hidden gems in their source code, known as ASCII art.

The Google Goldmine

Google has an extensive list of Easter eggs that they have included in their various applications over the years. My favorite is, unfortunately, no longer operational. In a previous version of Google Maps, searching for walking directions from The Shire to Mordor led to a very helpful reminder that Frodo could definitely agree with…

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[Image credit: Wikipedia]

Classy Comedians

One of my favorite examples of coding humor is using clever CSS class names. @CSSHumor is an entire collection of these funny uses of code.

The above examples are certainly clever, but they don’t really represent a useful class in practice. The best coders, though, can find good, descriptive names for utility classes that will also make you chuckle:

As you surf the web, be on the lookout for more hidden Easter eggs, and be sure to share your finds by commenting below!

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