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279 points by return0 on June 26, 2014 | hide | past | favorite | 72 comments


You can make it work with any keyword ;)

And you can combine different easter eggs: https://www.google.nl/search?q=%3Cblink%3E#q=tilt

Now all webpages appear tilted to me. I'm disoriented.

This one is trippy as hell.

Actually after you go to https://www.google.com/search?q=<blink> you can type anything else into the search bar and since the css rule is still there, it'll blink the search term in the results

thats actually potentially helpful.

Experimented, I'm not sure I made it to 'helpful'....


Heh, that was the first thing I tried too. It works.

Well, it kind of works. Was a bit disappointed that it blinked.

You may have typed <marquee> into the search box you got to from the <blink> tag. Try it by itself:


Ha, at first I thought I was being attacked by Opera's logo

Can I fight back?

Yes, if you click them it keeps track of your kills and actions-per-minute (APM) :)

Click on the o's.

Fun game!

very fun game!!!


I wasn't really expecting an easter egg, but was surprised to not find a single result about html. Does it strip any non alphabetic character?

I did a \<blink\> trying to see what DDG would do, and it keeps sending me to some blinkfitness.com website. Anyone know what action backslashes add?

Backlash as the first character means "Go to first result" :)

a search for ("blink") does not return any result, however a search for (blink tag) does return very good results.

I wonder if searching for "onScroll" in 10 years will trigger a similar easter egg.

People will probably still be using mice for input. It won't be all swiping by 2014. The nice thing about a mouse is that it requires very little effort. It takes a lot more muscle movement to perform a swipe.

I think he means that lot of the new website designs change the scroll behavior because they think it's cool (just like <blink> was), but they make the user experience worse in most cases.

That depends. For scrolling, yes. For moving the cursor, I find I need a lot less muscle use on my trackpad than my mouse.

This comes up occasionally, but the history of the blink tag and how it was created from a joke is actually pretty cool.


But is it milspec (3 units on, 1 unit off timing)?

I can't tell from the pixels and the CSS. Required reading: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=213625

It's not just blink keywrod. Happening for anything: https://www.google.com/search?q=%3Cblink%3E#q=%3CGOOGLE%3E

Incorrect. You're only getting the blinking because <blink> is still in the URL.

compare your link to mine: https://www.google.com/search?q=%3CGOOGLE%3E&safe=off

This is probably a bug.

Same applies for the [tilt] query, eg: https://www.google.com/search?q=tilt&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=goo...

Funny. But my favorite is still "do a barrel roll": https://google.com/search?q=do+a+barrel+roll

This combination is really evil: https://www.google.com/search?q=tilt#q=ocd

Works on a phone too. "ok google, do a barrel roll".

This query shouldn't work in Firefox 23+, no? https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/bl...

It's not actually a blink tag but CSS:

    em {
    animation: 1s steps(1, end) 0s normal none infinite blink;

Marquee likewise is not implemented using the <marquee> tag.


Unfortunate side effect of their incremental search system :P

Am I the only one not getting this? Is it supposed to make me want to blink along with it? What's the point?

You are either too young or not a web developer :D


I'm guessing, "too young".

"Eeh...back in my day, it were blink and marquee tags as far as the eye could see. We were doing web development for below minimum wage back then you see, and every hour, our cruel overlords would drag us out of the basements in which we worked and beat us. CSS?! HTML Tables it was in MY day lad!! Didn't 'ave none of this fancy styling business. We were at the HTML coal face then, yer see! Don't know yer born you young 'uns...."


I've seen things you people wouldn't believe... Marquee tags on fire off the shoulder of Geocities. I watched blink tags glitter in the dark near Tannhäuser.com. All those websites will be lost in time, like tears in rain...

In today's edition of How To Feel Old: there are some professional web developers younger than <blink>.

I remember starting my webdev on Adobe PageMill on an orange iMac, on a 56K dial-up. Man time goes fast...

Someone should make a list of all the little tricks you can use on Google, or any other site for that matter.

Also "tilt" query

Makes you wonder how much energy is used, and how much carbon is produced, by every frontend server for Google Web Search in every Google datacenter needing to (at the very least) do an extra string comparison for every search done.

Compared to the power used by the client computers dealing with Google's increasingly heavy search pages? Pretty much nothing.

They clearly already have a very extensible framework to give different results page formats depending on the search term.

It appears to be implemented in JS... so... none?

just add an extra node to their cluster

No it doesn't. It is only returning that because you have the q=%3Cblink%3C in your url followed by #q=%3Cflash%3C. ( so basically it is loading the blink page and querying for the flash keyword).

Try this url https://www.google.com/search?q=%3Cflash%3E

Something more Interesting https://www.google.com/search?q=tilt#q=HackerNews

half expected this to be announcing google's competitor to slingshot/snapchat. left relieved.

‘Blink’ is the name of Chromium's web renderer. http://www.chromium.org/blink

Sorry for being critical here, but are we all so easy to please that any random easter egg from google becomes top story on HN?

That page is a perfect example of Domestic Terrorism.



So, that's what all that brainpower is doing at Google (that and build military robots to kill people).

That escalated quickly..

Explanation: A protestor at yesterday's Google I/O keynote shouted “you're all working for a totalitarian company that builds robots that kill people.”

1. blink easter egg 2. the Terminator blinks (or doesn't, I forgot) 3. GOOGLE IS SKYNET

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