New Google’s Surprise: ‘Let It Snow’ Freezes Your Screen

Google has prepared new winter surprise: typing ‘let it snow’ makes snow flakes to appear on the page. The ‘snowfall’ is so heavy that you can’t even see what you are doing.

'Let It Snow': Stop whatever you are doing and and go to the Google homepage. Type in the words "Let it snow" in the search box and Google will surprise you. Photo: Google

The company has another tricky search result: if you search for the words “let it snow” you’ll feel that amazing Christmas spirit by offering a sprinkling of snow on your computer monitor.

Well, your Google search results are videos, various links and images, but wait! What’s that? Snowflakes falling in your browser? Frost on the Google bar? Is it a mistake?

By the way, you can clean your monitor with the “Defrost” button, which replaces “Search” button. When asked for defrosting, Google responded with a poem:

Through the fog, you have to peer,
Because it’s the most wonderful time of the year

Your page turned into a winter wonderland,
When you typed in that search command

You can always defrost the window,
Or just let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

“Let it snow” works only in browsers that support “Canvas,” part of the relatively new HTML 5 code that many developers use to create new webpages, a spokeswoman said (including the newest version of Microsoft’s browser, IE 9).

Snowmaggedon: Within seconds, the computer screen changes to a winter whiteout, with search results mostly obscured. Starting to feel chilly? All you have to do is hit the blue "defrost" button to return to the normal world of Google. Photo: Google

This gag is the latest in a long line of Google easter eggs. Google lovers can also enjoy one more company’s trick called “do a barrel roll,” launched in November.

So, how does the Easter Egg work? When asked for “do a barrel roll”, a reference to the 1997 videogame “Star Fox 64,” the whole search screen flips over like a fighter pilot executing an in-flight barrel roll in the wild blue yonder.

Google provides its users with Easter Eggs each year. For example, any YouTube video published after April 2010 includes a Snake mini-game that’s activated by hitting the up and left arrow buttons at the same time.

The site is also celebrating Hanukkah. If you type “Hanukkah” on the Google search form you’ll see a special surprise.

In June this year the search engine giant marked the the Gay and Lesbian Pride Month with an easter egg on its search results page.

For search results for terms such as “gay”, “lesbian”, “transgender” and “lgbt”, Google displayed a rainbow, signifying the rainbow flag of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) movement at the end of the search bar. [Via Mashable, Yahoo! News and The Telegraph]

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