Easter Eggs

This fun fact isn’t about the practice of painting/hiding actual/plastic eggs during Easter. This is about the other kind of “easter egg”, various in-media jokes, hidden messages, or other feature that is often hidden from the viewer. For instance, sometimes Google Maps will instruct the user to “swim across the Pacific Ocean” when giving directions that involve crossing the Pacific Ocean. Aphex Twin, Nine Inch Nails and Venetian Snares have incorporated pictures into the spectrographic representations of their songs. The tenth comic from Randall Munroe’s xkcd is an image where pi is equal to 3.141592653589793helpimtrappedinauniversefactory7108914, poking fun at the simulated universe idea by putting an easter egg in pi. Various other Google services also include easter eggs including recursion. Finally, video games. Secret rooms, glitches, blatant references to other media. The video game medium is chock full of so many easter eggs that they’re not really worth mentioning. Except for maybe one: the Konami Code (↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A). First seen in the 1986 NES game Gradius and popularized in the NES release of Contra, the Code has been seen across media, not just Konami Games.


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