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Google’s “Do a barrel Roll”

Google is always up for something nerdy and it has yet again brought up something really really interesting for the users.

First thing first,

Go to Google’s homepage. Type in the words “Do a barrel roll.” Click Enter.

(Brief pause while you try it. Then please come back.)

Did google got all twisted and spun before showing you the result? Well that’s exactly what you would have noticed.

The gag is the latest in a long line of loony Google Easter eggs. The phenomenon has taken Twitter by storm today, with feeds exploding with people talking about it.Celebrities, news organizations and even aviation enthusiast sites (wait, what?) are spreading the word.

“Today’s fun query, ‘do a barrel roll,’ was created by a Google software engineer with the primary goal of entertaining users — while showcasing the power of CSS3, a presentation feature of modern browsers. The “do a barrel roll” query, which causes the search page to spin, will remain in place for a while.” said Google’s blog.

(By the way, you may not see the effect in older browsers. Newer ones support HTML5, the newest version of the code that makes online content work.)

It’s unclear how long the Barrel Roll trick has been up and running. Mashable reports the Easter egg is a tip of the hat to Star Fox 64, a scrolling shooter video game that debuted on the Nintendo 64 game console in 1997.

Here’s another way to see the barrel roll: Type “Z or R twice” in Google Search. In the Nintendo game, Star Fox team member Peppy Hare instructs protagonist pilot Fox McCloud to “do a barrel roll,” which the player achieves by pressing “Z” or “R” twice.

But who says Google search pages should have all the fun? The barrel-roll instructions are just about two tweets worth of code, so we built a bookmark that lets you make any page on the Web do a barrel roll. (Note: just as with Google’s Easter egg, you’ll need a browser that supports the latest CSS standards; Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are your best bets.) All you need to do is drag the following link to you bookmarks or “favorites” toolbar:

Do a Barrel Roll! Bookmarklet

Do a Barrel Roll!

This isn’t the first time Google has allowed a search term to manipulate the layout of its results page. In April, iPhone users found that if they Googled “tilt” on their iPhones, using Safari or Google’s app, the screen’s display would tilt ever so slightly. And check out what happens to the company’s logo if you Google “ascii art.”