Secrets of the Internet

The internet is a very, very big place. It’s a place made up of fiberglass cables, computer monitors, and server rooms. Ever since the launch of the World Wide Web in 1991, the internet has grown bigger and wider each day, with 1.88 billion websites as of 2021, according to Statista. Naturally, programmers and communities hide some sort of secret within a website or program. Eventually over time, people will find out, and journalists will write about it. These are the secrets of the internet.

Easter eggs are secret features added because the programmers of the website want to give a nod to someone or something, or perhaps because the programmers were feeling a bit silly. Websites like the wide world of Google. Google has little easter eggs hidden away in the corners of their websites. To find these easter eggs, pressing anything would be a viable option, like when pressing A, W, E, S, O, M, and E in that order while playing a Youtube video. Doing that would result in a rainbow mess of the video player. Unfortunately, people with epilepsy shouldn’t do this, as this can result in hospitalization. Worry not, as everyone can go into maps and search for the Loch Ness lake. Look closer, and the little yellow pegman guy takes on the new form of the Loch Ness monster. In fact, the same thing happened when viewing Buckingham Palace, except the pegman was the Queen. This obviously doesn’t happen anymore. 

Google isn’t the only one that embeds secrets within their website, Spotify does it too. When in the desktop client of Spotify, go and find the soundtrack to Star Wars, where the player will change into a lightsaber. How exciting! For an Easter egg that is more current, Android users can go into settings and tap the Android version to see a little secret relative to the version itself, whether it be a creepy octopus or colorful circles.

 Unheard of features aren’t exactly secrets, but they can be considered a secret by the fact that no one ever talks about the feature. Much like how in Google News, the temperature can be read in kelvin. Why? Nerds. In the case someone wants to know the weather in kelvin, just toggle the “K” button in the weather box and what is known as 26°F is now 270K. Want more knowledge? In Wikipedia, there is an option to go to a random article on Wikipedia. Articles from Al-Yahudu Tablets to Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory. The articles can go deep into subjects unheard of. Going deep into a website can be fun, but going into a system can be funner. For this last act, Samsung users can dial “*#0*#” to pull up a screen used to check hardware functions. More than that, from the sensor option into the image test option, a polite chihuahua can be found to test hardware. Sorry Apple users, no dog for you.

At the end of the day, certain things are secret for the reason of not breaking anything, or to protect certain things. However, all of these features and easter eggs are public knowledge, so go ahead, and search for the secrets.