5 of Google’s best keep secrets

Google is more than just your trusty know-it-all search engine — it also has an amusing side you need to know about


After scouring the Internet for interesting Google hacks and trying close to 20 of them, we have identified five that you need to try out for yourself.

Some of these hacks are purely for entertainment while others keep your life in check.


A cure for the afternoon lull

If you need some entertainment to perk up your afternoon, check out these two games from Google.

For the first, simply type “Zerg Rush” into the search bar and wait for little “OO” icons to scatter on your screen.

You then have to prevent the swarm of flying icons from reaching the end of the page by clicking on them profusely (we do not recommend this game if you’re using a computer mouse that clicks loudly).

The second game is known as “Atari Breakout”. Again, type its name into the Google search bar and click on the image tab to play the game. Bounce the ball with your mouse to destroy the five layers of bricks.


For the avid calorie counter

Whether you are on a permanent diet of sorts or just trying to decide which snack is the lesser of the two evils, Google makes the perfect calorie consultant.

For example, perform a search for “Pizza vs Burger” and you will get a comprehensive nutrition breakdown.
Google’s analysis might not be extremely accurate as each pizza and burger joint might serve something different.

Nonetheless, it acts as a good nutrition base line.


It can do tricks too

This next Google hack is equivalent to asking your beloved pet to roll over. Just type “do a barrel roll” into the Google search bar and hit enter.

Get ready to be amazed or experience a slight headache as your Google screen does a 360-degree trick. Is there anything that Google can’t do?


Star trek obsession on another level

This one is especially for the Star Trek fanatics out there.

Experience navigating your Google search in Klingon (the language spoken by the Klingons, a type of extra-terrestrial humanoids, in the movie).

Type “/xx-klingon” into your Google search bar, click on the first link and you will be transferred to a familiar Google search site that runs in Klingon! Pretty cool, huh?


Stop Facebook-ing

Hands up if you’ve ever been stuck in this situation where you start surfing your social media accounts and, before you know it, two hours or more have passed. But your pile of work is still as high as ever.

The Google Chrome extension “StayFocused” will help you concentrate on tasks at hand by locking you out of a list of pre-set sites.

Social media addicts, you are welcome.


By Geralyne Kaye


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