So if you have Google Instant enabled, just typing "do a " will instant-search "do a barrel roll" and trigger the effect.
I'm sure this wasn't intended.
Pretty cool - I think we should be appreciative of such efforts rather than cultivating bugs. A standard experience is what Google had offered for years - can you even begin to imagine, what it would have taken for the Product Manager for Google Search to even convince everyone to get this implemented. And this is multiple teams you are talking about here (I am guessing at least 5-6 including engg, QA, monetization, legal, support, branding etc).
* "ascii art", "what is the answer to life the universe and everything", "tilt", etc.
That's why it doesn't make sense as an easter egg: "do a " is a frequent prefix, people looking for something else could be annoyed by the effect.
File "<stdin>", line 1, in easter_egg
RuntimeError: maximum recursion depth exceeded
(Look at the logo.)
However, equally nerd-heart-warming :)
I suppose, however, that people that hear about it will probably have people telling them that it only works in Chrome.
Once they do see it though, they may see what they are missing. I'm using WebGL on Google Maps and it's awesome. Now if they can just settle on a nice standard that works in every browser.
I know this isn't the original intent of the post, but this occured at a make or break time in Boeing's history and turned out to be a launching point for the company. If anything had gone wrong, Boeing would probably not exist today,
Interesting lesson in risk taking.
search for "askew" does the same thing as "tilt"
drats it didn't work
There was a discussion on this exact subject recently on Reddit (/r/askscience) which might be interesting:
and the entry on Wikipedia:
It's probably a good publicity/user-karma boost that this has come out at this timing, right after the recent debacles with Gmail, Google Reader, and the iOS Gmail app. Definitely leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy inside!