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March 20, 2007

Easter Egg in Google Personalized Homepage

There's an easter egg related to the new themes added in Google Personalized Homepage. If you chose any theme other than Bus Stop and Classic, visit the homepage at 3:14 AM (your local time)*.

In the Beach theme there's Nessie, the Loch Ness monster:


And the "Sweet dreams" theme has a nice Pi:


Tea house:


Seasonal scape:


City scape:


For a way to see these easter eggs, check Ben's comment. You'll have to select a theme and inject the content from the CSS file corresponding to your theme:

http://www.google.com/ig/skins/NAME/NAME_3.14am.css

where NAME is in { teahouse, cityscape, beach, sweetdreams, winterscape }

* As you might know, pi=3.14159...

47 comments:

  1. OMG, Lock Ness Monster!
    http://google.com/ig/images/skins/teahouse/3.14am/header_bg.jpg
    http://google.com/ig/images/skins/beach/3.14am/header_bg.jpg

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  2. Big High-Five for Google!

    City: http://www.google.com/ig/images/skins/cityscape/3.14am/header_tile.jpg

    Sweet Dreams: http://www.google.com/ig/images/skins/sweetdreams/3.14am/header_bg.jpg
    I don's see what is in that one

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  3. You need to have a wide window to see the Sweet Dreams one.

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  4. http://www.google.com/ig/images/skins/winterscape/3.14am/header_bg.jpg

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  5. Just a headsup - maybe common knowledge or not, but have a look at the choice you get when you go to add a new tab to your homepage....
    It's still a bit US centric - I got more Australian news sites by using Australia for a tab name than when i tried News, but the Rugby one worked a treat !!!

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  6. Shame I'm not up at 3.14am. Cheers for the screenshots :)

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  7. Link for Themes don't appear in my Personalized Home. If I logout it's appear, but I login in my Google Account, the link disappear.

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  8. Probably a sign of things to come. Branded themes etc.

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  9. This is good - adds some life to the homepage.

    However when I first sign in to google - it does not show me the themed homepage. For that, every time I need to click on My Account and then to Persnolized Page.

    Any clue why I cannot get the themed homepage at first go?

    Thanks.

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  10. My personal homepage still doesn't have this option on it. I have a google account for just about everything they offer.. are they still rolling this out?

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  11. The regional time based themes change at 2 hour intervals, there is a separate stylesheet for each interval.

    Accessing the Stylesheet
    http://www.google.com/ig/skins/THEME/THEME_TIME.css

    THEME - Should be replaced with a valid theme name. The regional time themes are; beach, cityscape, teahouse, sweetdreams and winterscape (Used "4pm" stylesheet for the example links).

    TIME - Should be placed with one of the accepted time intervals, these are; "2am", "3.14am" (the Easter Egg), "4am", "6am", "8am", "10am", "noon", "2pm", "4pm", "6pm", "8pm", "10pm" and "midnight".

    Background Image
    http://www.google.com/ig/images/skins/THEME/TIME/header_tile.jpg

    Background Overlay Image
    http://www.google.com/ig/images/skins/THEME/TIME/header_bg.gif (This image is usually .GIF because it is uses transparency to overlay the background image, however sometimes it is overlaid without using transparency. In these cases the file is called header_bg.jpg).

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  12. Thanks For these Themes.

    I tried the Seasonal scape, But don,t know why its not Working.

    Regards

    VATU
    http://technobuzz.net

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  13. found out that if i log-out of google/ig i get to add themes, but as soon as i log-in, they're gone.

    seems kinda, besides the point.

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  14. You get the same image for Tea House if you go to the page at 11:14 PM as well. I just noticed it.

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  15. I love the tea house theme so much. It makes me so happy. It reminds me of the elaborate xanga.com journal I kept about 5 years ago! Only without the wasted time on blogging. :)
    I want to contact google and tell them that they got something right!

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  16. They should have put the Loch Ness Monster at 3:50 (that's pronounced "tree fity"). ;o)

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  17. It's a minor disappointment that the Seasonal Scape the shadows don't move with the sun.

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  18. I saw the Easter Egg at 11:14PM EST tonight.

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  19. I feel like everytime I open up my browser, the theme is always defaulted to a certain picture... I have to refresh to see what's supposed to be happening in my time zone.

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  20. " The Tea House theme is not changing to my local time, even if i put my major city in India."

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  21. John H- You're totally right- they SHOULD put the Loch Ness monster at tree-fiddy. Good call- I'm ROTFLMAO! <@:)

    Thanx Google- LOVE the themes.

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  22. THANX Google- the themes are awesome!

    John H- You're absolutely right- Nessie should be at tree-fiddy! Good call, made my day-- I'm ROTFLMAO!! <@:) (clown hat, curly hair, smiley face)

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  23. I don't get it. Tea House is great, and because I prefer the night scenes, I set my location to a place where it's night during my daytime, but it worked erratically. One minute it would be night, the next it would be day. So I set the time on my system to reflect PM instead of AM. That worked, except people started asking me why I was emailing them in the middle of the night. So I switched back to a different location, and all is well, EXCEPT I'm not getting the Easter Egg anymore. One minute there's a plate of cookies, the next they're gone. But I miss the entire ghost scene, which is my favorite.

    Any suggestions? I'm betting others have had this problem, too. I know I could use a script to set it manually (I tried that for a while) but that's kind of a hassle, and not as much fun, somehow. I'd love to hear any ideas.

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  24. Teahouse is simply the best!
    I' d like some more spectacular "ZenFox activities" during the day...

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  25. The springscape theme's stylesheet is here: http://www.google.com/ig/skins/teahouse/springscape_3.14am.css has some monster doing something...

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  26. Die Themes sind kuhl. Ich nutz iGoogle kaum, hätte die Themes aber trotzdem gern. Wo gibts die?

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  27. The Tea House theme is not changing to my local time, even if i put my major city in India.

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  28. If you look at the xml it's apparent what the different settings are. The easter-egg pretty much jumps out at you.

    http://www.google.com/ig/skins/teahouse.xml

    http://www.google.com/ig/skins/busstop.xml

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  29. You need to have a wide window to see the Sweet Dreams one.

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  30. Yeah, but it defeats the purpose of a plain website. ;)

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  31. huh. I work nights from 6pm to 6am and I've always wondered what tha was... Fun. :-D

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  32. Da lohnt es sich mal reinzuschauen !

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  34. Google überrascht einen immer wieder :)

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  35. I like the Teahouse theme. Please let me know if these themes are available this year also.

    Also visit Dgreetings for Happy Easter Cards.

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  36. All themes are wonderful. In Easter, Easter Egg has its won significance.

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  37. I couldn't see the Teahouse easter egg. I looked at 3:14am, I changed my system clock to 11:14am, then back to 3:14am and it never worked. Wha?

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  38. Thanks too for this themes...i'm looking for some like that a long time!

    []'s

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  39. First, Matt, it's google uses it's time. Also, JR has a giant spider over the city.

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  40. hmm randomly saw the tea house one. I really love the ghosts playing GO late at night.

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  41. i kinda like the tea house one...

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  42. I LOVE the Tea House theme! The little fox is so cute! I have yet to see the ghosts, but may stay up early and see them at 3:14 AM. By the way, changing your clock doesn't work. I tried it. Either that, or I'm doing something totally wrong. This is cool Google, but maybe put this in all your themes. (Tea house would still be my favorite though. So cute and relaxing!) :)

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  43. I KNOW!! I've had it for over a year, and i still love it. Every time i'm up within the time of the ghosts, i always forget. Today im staying up though

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