Do A Barrel Roll leaves searchers in a spin
Google does a barrel roll
A new Easter egg has been discovered on Google, which causes the screen to rotate 360 degrees.
When a user types ‘Do A Barrel Roll’ into the search box on the Google homepage, the whole screen will spin all the way around – doing a barrel roll, it seems. The meme is a tribute to cult Nintendo 64 game Star Fox, where players would be instructed to make their jet ‘do a barrel roll’ in mid-air. The button command to initiate a barrel roll – ‘z or r twice’ – also triggers the 360 degrees spinning of the search screen.
The trick may have been coded in for a long time, but seems to have been first noticed by a Reddit user yesterday. Within hours, Do A Barrel Roll was a trending topic on Twitter. At the time of writing, it is the most-searched term in Google Trends. The search engine has not commented on the phenomenon.
Google Easter eggs
This is not the first time the developers at Google have had a bit of fun with the search engine; Do A Barrel Roll is the latest in a long line of tricks left for users to discover. If you want to see more, here are the top eight things to type into the Google search box:
- Answer to life, the universe and everything
- Ascii Art
- The loneliest number
- Where is Chuck Norris? (then click I’m Feeling Lucky)
- Google Gravity (then I’m Feeling Lucky) – This one wasn’t created by Google, but it’s well worth a try
Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: “Easter eggs like Do A Barrel Roll, April Fool’s hoaxes and interactive Google Doodles such as the Pacman one earlier this year are a great idea. For starters, they help to give a huge company like Google a bit of personality, and secondly, it means the search engine is being spoken about. I’m sure there are plenty more in there just waiting to be discovered!”