Top Google Easter eggs of 2012

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The best of Google's fun in 2012

With 2012 drawing to an end, internet users have been looking back at the highlights of the year, especially the Google Easter eggs which appeared throughout the past twelve months.

A Google barrel roll was perhaps the most popular quirk of the market leading search engine last year, with plenty of enjoyable extras on offer this time around.

An early offering in the year was Zerg Rush, a game which encouraged players to defend the search results against the miniature Google logos which attacked. Also popular throughout the year was the quirk when users searched for directions between America and Japan, with step 21 of the directions recommending that the user sails across the ocean.

Further Google extras of the past twelve months

Towards the end of 2012, the Gangnam Style dance trend spread like wildfire, becoming the first video in YouTube history to reach a billion views, with the grand total currently standing at a staggering 1,061,331,421. Google celebrated this astonishing success by adding an Android icon doing Gangnam Style to their end of year review. This is activated by placing the mouse on the multi coloured bar at the bottom of the page.

Other enjoyable little extras were the 'Bacon number', which showed how almost any Hollywood superstar could be linked to actor Kevin Bacon. For example, searching Samuel L. Jackson bacon number returns a bacon number of two, connected by Tommy Lee Jones. Holiday decorations for Christmas, Halloween, Hanukkah and many other special days also featured. Another celebrity included in Google's fun activities was Lionel Richie, with searches for his name being met with the phrase "Hello, is it me you're looking for?", a reference to one of the artists songs. Searching for Chuck Norris reveals a similar Easter egg.

Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword commented: "With Google dominating the search engine market, these little quirks are always discovered fairly quickly. It is good to see that the company enjoys engaging with users and showing a sense of humour, and it is likely that we will see similarly fun additions over the course of 2013."