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How to make a 3D Easter egg appear in your Google search results

How to make a 3D Easter egg appear in your Google search results

As this is our last blog before Easter, we thought it would be fun to share something that doesn’t serve much practical purpose, but that is a sign of how many neat functions Google has that we rarely use.

That’s right, if you can’t wait for the Easter Bunny to come, you can make a perfectly formed Easter egg appear on your computer! The egg will slowly rotate of its own accord, but you can also drag it to view it from any angle you want, and zoom in and out.

It can be done in just a few simple, if rather geeky, steps:

1. Make sure you are on a desktop computer, as it doesn’t work on a mobile device
2. Go to Google.com
3. Search for 1.2+(sqrt(1-(sqrt(x^2+y^2))^2) + 1 – x^2-y^2) * (sin (10000 * (x*3+y/5+7))+1/4) from -1.6 to 1.6
4. Enjoy your egg!

Is this an Easter egg?

Well, yes, it is an Easter egg, but the term “Easter egg” has developed a new definition in popular culture and programming, meaning a hidden message or feature. It gets its name because you have to look for it or find it by accident. Google is known for being full of Easter eggs, with just a few examples of them here.

However, this image of an Easter egg is not technically an “Easter egg” by the more modern definition. It’s an example of Google performing calculus and creating a 3D graph, which is a feature advertised on the Google blog, so it’s not a secret. The formula we’ve entered just happens to be for an ovoid shape, so anyone who knew the formula for it and knew about the feature could generate it for themselves.

Still, not many people know how to do it, and hopefully it will tide you over until the tastier chocolate variety of eggs arrive this weekend!

Content Team Leader at Engage Web
John works for Engage Web as a Content Team Leader and regularly contributes to the website and programmes of his beloved Chester F.C.
John Murray

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