The best web Easter Eggs across the Internet

Most Easter Eggs demand to be eaten. Their brightly coloured foil is designed to be ripped off in seconds, allowing the devourer to unhinge their jaw like a snake and swallow the chocolate egg inside whole.

Some treats, however, cannot be ingested with such fervour. These secrets pepper the media we consume every day, hidden by developers with far too much time on their hands, and are also known as "Easter Eggs."

The Internet is riddled with them, and not surprisingly they've become something of a hot topic of late. ITProPortal has launched its own hunt across the sticky world wide web to uncover some of the best secrets out there.

The Konami code

Back in the day, gamers everywhere knew that they were a short series of actions away from Easter egg surprises in any classic games made by Konami. All they had to do was enter a simple pattern:

Up up, down down, left, right, left, right, b, a.

The cheat became so well known that it earned the official moniker of "The Konami Code," and soon spiralled outside the video games industry. On the web, typing it in on the home page of any major site will engage a whole host of surprises.

On Vogue.com, for instance, typing in the code will make the web's most fashionable dinosaur flash across your screen. Meanwhile on Digg.com, Rick Astley delivers his most intimate gig to date whilst Buzzfeed grits its teeth against a more unwelcome musical invasion.

Youtube

Never one to miss a trick, YouTube was quick to jump on the Harlem Shake video when the viral dance video sensation started clogging up its site. Upon typing "do the Harlem Shake" into the search bar, visitors found their speakers blasting out "con los terroristas" before they'd even pressed play on a video. As the YouTube logo starts to sway from side to side, keep watching until the music drops. It's worth it.

On a similar note, typing "doge meme" into the search bar should also bring a smile to your face.

Facebook

If a colleague ever leaves their Facebook unattended, it's tempting to make them regret their carelessness by posting a crass status, or changing their profile picture to that of Nicholas Cage. Facebook, however, has provided the perfect "frape" build into its site.

Going into the language setting will bring up two options: Facebook Pirate and Facebook Upside Down. Click on either for instant amusement.

Google

Google is well known as a champion of the Easter egg cause. Go into Google Maps, for instance, and find the street view shot of Earl's Court underground station to be greeted with the Tardis from Doctor Who. Delving deeper, you can even navigate inside the Tardis. We'll give you a moment to breathe into a paper bag.

Meanwhile on Google search, type in "do a barrel roll" to see the site do just that. Searching for "Anagram" will result in Google asking if you meant, "Nag A Ram." Also searching for "Define Anagram" will result in Google asking if you mean "Nerd Fame Again."

ITProPortal

We wouldn't be a tech site worth our salt if we didn't have our own Easter egg offering. Scour our site for a broken link, and you'll be met with a surprise...

In the meantime, check out our run down of the best Easter Eggs in video games, featuring secrets from the Last of Us, GTA IV, Half-Life 2 and Batman Arkham Asylum.

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