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The best Google "easter eggs" hidden in plain sight (pictures)

Whether or not you think Google adheres to its "don't be evil" motto, the company likes to think it has a sense of humor. Here are all the best hidden Google tricks to check out.

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Play "Pac-Mac" in Google Maps this April Fools'

For April 1, also known as "April Fools' Day," users of Google Maps can now turn their neighborhood into a game of Pac-Man. The iconic 1980s video game where a wukka-wukka-sounding circle has to evade his ghostly nemeses is available on the web, and on iPhone and Android devices.

"Beam me up Scotty"
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"Beam me up Scotty"

If you venture over to Google's video streaming site YouTube, and type in "beam me up Scotty," the search results will visualize in through a teleporter. The search term is a hat tip to the retro seasons of "Star Trek."

"Use the force, Luke"
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"Use the force, Luke"

Not wanting to leave its "Star Wars" fans out of the mix, if you type in "use the force Luke" into YouTube, the page's objects will swish, move and bend around.

Do a barrel roll!
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Do a barrel roll!

If you type in "do a barrel roll" in Google's search feature, the page will instantly turn all the way around. Try not to hit the refresh button too often if you get travel sick, though...

Zerglings, attack!
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Zerglings, attack!

If you type in "zerg rush" in Google's search feature, the parts of Google's logo will start attacking and destroying the search results, then take over the page. (The search term is a hat tip to a gaming technique where a huge number of weaker players overruns an opponent.)

Are you feeling lucky, punk?
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Are you feeling lucky, punk?

You probably haven't used it in years, but if you hover on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on Google's homepage, it will roll over like a slot machine and give you a different option each time. You'll soon discover a bunch of new sites, restaurants, and puzzles.

Is that Google search slightly wonky?
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Is that Google search slightly wonky?

If you type in "askew" in Google's search feature, the search results will appear slightly wonky. That's all -- there's nothing more to it than that.

Ask Google to flip a coin for you
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Ask Google to flip a coin for you

If you've ever needed to make a quick snap decision that could go either one way or the other, ask Google to "flip a coin" for you. It could decide your fate.

Check out Google in 1998
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Check out Google in 1998

Ever wondered what Google looked like in 1998, the year the service first launched? You can switch into retro mode any time you like by simply typing in "Google in 1998." (Don't worry, you can always go back.)

Google has a secret "pirate" mode
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Google has a secret "pirate" mode

Although the search engine often isn't allowed to display links to pirate websites, it still offers a "pirate mode" for your amusement. The search results may be normal, but check out the text around the page.

What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
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What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

For those who haven't read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, you're missing out. In it, you find out the answer to life, the universe, and everything. But in case you need to know it in a hurry, you can always Google it.

A little something for "Game of Thrones" fans
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A little something for "Game of Thrones" fans

Fan of "Game of Thrones"? A specially crafted search result inspired by one of the nicer (and less "deathy") characters on the show will display the word again, and again, and again. Simply type in "hodor" at Google's search box for a quick giggle.

Say hello to the Street View team
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Say hello to the Street View team

Google's mapping service is probably most famous for its street-level imaging service, Street View. To celebrate its success when the street-snapping car drove by, Google headquartered team went outside to wish it well. And if you ever wanted to cross the pond to see the Irish version, the Google Dublin team did one as well.

The Doctor has landed... in London
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The Doctor has landed... in London

The TARDIS is famous for two things: being Dr. Who's interstellar time-warping ship, but also for being bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. The real-life TARDIS on Bond Street, London has a trick up its sleeve. Pop open the doors, and inside you'll see the controls.

Such doge. Very comic sans. Wow. How YouTube
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Such doge. Very comic sans. Wow. How YouTube

If you head over to YouTube, type in "doge meme." Hint: if you haven't seen Comic Sans (possibly the worst font ever created) in a while, get ready to see it. The search term is a hat tip to Doge, a meme that became popular on the internet.

Is it a bird? Is it a kraken?
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Is it a bird? Is it a kraken?

If you're working in Google Docs with more than a few editors, don't be surprised if you see them as various animals. You may even see one stand out -- a mythical "kraken" creature. Or, if you're lucky, you'll even see the Nyan Cat.

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