Mar 10 is Mario Time on Google Maps!



Google is having a little fun with the date March 10 (a cheeky way to spell Mario) by adding this colorful character to Google Maps. Android and iOS users with the updated app can request directions and have the plucky plumber/racer show them how to get there.


To Activate Mario Time 

  1. Launch Google Maps
  2. Click GO, and enter starting point and destination
  3. Click question markmario-clipart-mystery-box-3, then click LET’S-A GO!

Optionally, you can share Mario’s trip to @GoogleMaps on Twitter and/or tag it #MarioMaps in Instagram (but be careful of posting personal location info).



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April Fools 2016

Today many of your favorite sites are April Fool‘n around.

For example, take Gmail’s MicDrop feature. It promises to give you the last word on your outgoing message. 

MicDropI wish this feature did exist; it’d be a great way to silence those REPLY-TO-ALLers.

Update: Much like Orson Welles‘ radio broadcast of War of the Worlds this faux feature, was believed real. Citing a backlash of complaints, GMail quickly disabled this Aprils Fool’s joke

Past Tom Foolery has included Air BnB’s Bronze Era Rentals (pictured) complete with Trojan Horse, and Burger King’s left-handed sandwich wrapper.


This Year H&M is onboard with a Mark Zuckerberg line of clothing


More faves and fails from 2016:

Found one you want to share? Drop me a comment and I’ll add it to this post.



Google Star Wars Easter Egg

Ramping up for the December opening of Star Wars – The Force Awakens, here’s a short and sweet Google Easter egg:

  1. Go to Google search page
  2. Type in “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Happy Birthday, Mario!

Super Mario Bros turns 30 today! Type Super Mario Bros into a Google Search screen for celebratory easter egg. Continue reading to learn of our plucky plumbers origins

Q's place

Happy Birthday, Mario!(July 9) 1981Nintendo released the arcade game Donkey Kong (pictured), which featured the debut of Mario, “one of the most famous characters in video game history”

He wasn’t the headliner; that honor would go to the orange, barrel throwing, ape on the top girder.

Nevertheless, his sheer pluck and determination, to say nothing of his hammer wielding hi-jumping hi-jinks, would see him through to get the girl (Pauline), movie deals, and several several successive video-game variations.

Proving once again that if you want to succeed, jump softly and carry a big hammer.

Way to go  Donkī Kongu!

(oh, you too Mario!)

now whatever happened to Pauline?

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April Fools Easter Eggs

Traditionally, today is a great day for the creative departments of some otherwise staid websites to let their hair down by way of an Internet prank.

Continuing with the Easter egg theme (and celebrate the Greeks, who, allegorically, dropped the original Easter egg on an unsuspecting city of Troy), I present Air BnB’s Bronze Era Rentals page. Click fast; traditionally these pages don’t live long.


Also, for an infopic on some other classic hoaxes (e.g., Burger King’s left-handed sandwich wrapper) follow this link to the Quartz article.


Google Chrome Easter Eggs

Who doesn’t love Easter Eggs! 

No, not the Springtime ovo-cuniculus  variety (although they are good too). I am talking about those purposeless treats that programmers embed into applications, hoping that someone will come across it.

This is done less and less nowadays (probably because software firms assessed  how much time was being billed as ‘work time’ for a pointless feature. I still remember back in the when you could run a virtual Flight simulator from your desk by pressing a series of keys (google “Excel 97 Flight Simulator” for more on that).

Here are some ‘secret’ tricks for you Google Chrome users

In Chrome, enter any of the below into the search bar:

  • Type ‘do a barrel roll‘ then press Enter
  • Type ‘askew‘ (or Type ‘tilt‘ in the search bar and then press Enter)
  • Type ‘google in 1998‘ and press Enter (if you’re feeling nostalgic)
  • Type ‘google sphere‘ in the search bar and then CLICK  ‘ I’m Feeling Lucky ‘  (trippy!)

And finally (although this is not really an Easter egg, but):

  • Hover your mouse over the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button’ 




Comments and questions are always welcome!