Today’s Warped site has a nice seasonal ring to it. But it really isn’t a holiday site, but one that has high tech hijinks written all over it. But you’ll have to look hard to enjoy them.
The name of the site is The Easter Egg Archive. It is the largest collection of Easter Eggs I have seen on the Internet, with 9,559 collected and documented. What is an Easter Egg, you may ask? An Easter Egg is a hidden feature or novelty that the programmers have put in software programs. In general, it is any hidden, entertaining thing that a creator hides in their creation only for their own personal reasons. This can be anything from a hidden list of the developers, to hidden commands, to jokes, to funny animations.
Easter Eggs must meet certain criteria. They must be undocumented, hidden, and non-obvious. They must be reproducible, not malicious, entertaining, and they must be put there by the authors for personal reasons. They are in DVD movies, computer games, and in commercial software. Among some of the ones that have been found are:
In the DVD version of Back to the Future Part 3, at the menu screen, if you press “OK” or “ENTER” on the remote the Universal Ident will play. If you press the “PLAY” button on the remote, a black and white Universal ident featuring a plane will appear and then the film will play as normal;
In Windows XP, you can win the Solitaire game by pressing ALT+Shift+2. You Win!;
In Adobe Photoshop 8, you can get an alternate startup image by pressing the “Ctrl” key when the program is starting.
There are literally thousands of other eggs here as well. They also solicit new ones (sixty were added in the past week), so you can send in the ones you find or know about. The Warp-o-Meter gives this site an 8.0 rating.