Stop Doing the Barrel Roll: There are Other Hidden Features and Tricks Google has to Offer

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Looks like the “do a barrel roll” trick on Google is not getting old.

People are still doing this old Google Easter Egg trick in 2014. According to Know Your Meme dot com,??Do A Barrel Roll??is a catchphrase used to call on someone to perform a 360 degree horizontal spin. The phrase is sometimes used to caption image macros where the subject appears to be in mid-rotation, or in animated GIFs where the subject is performing a full rotation.

On November 3, 2011, the Google search engine enabled an Easter egg for the search query ?do a barrel roll? which would rotate the entire screen 360 degrees. All you have to do is just type in those exact words and the screen goes berserk. People of all ages – even babies and grown men – were pleased with the trick.


Now, are you wondering if Google has created other tricks similar to “Do a Barrel Roll?” Here’s a list.

  • Google Gravity

This trick no longer works but was one of the popular Google tricks. When you type in ?gravity,? the visual elements you usually find on the interface, such as the search bar, the ?I?m feeling lucky? button, and everything else you see will fall down on the bottom of the browser. You can even ?pick up? and ?throw? the search results at the ?walls? or just simply play around with them.

  • Google Chuck Norris

There was a time when the internet was all about Chuck Norris. There were Chuck Norris jokes all over the internet. Google joined in the bandwagon with its very own Chuck Norris Google Trick. If you search ?Chuck Norris,? Google will show a familiar Chuck Norris joke: ?Google won?t search for?Chuck Norris?because it knows you don?t find?Chuck Norris, he finds you.?

  • God on Google Earth

In 2010, people around the world went ?God crazy? when Google Earth supposedly had taken a ?snapshot? of ?divine beings? while crossing a mountain zone in Switzerland. Nobody knows the truth about this, but it created a buzz.

  • Google Pac-man

On May 22, 2010, Google?s Pac-Man doodle came alive. It was the 30th anniversary of the classic game and people around the world woke up to a search engine sporting an actually playable mini-version of Pac-Man. Naturally, hundreds of millions of people spent hours playing the game on Google, slowing down productivity and delaying deadlines.

  • Google Mirror

This fun Google trick simply displays a mirror image of everything you might see when doing a search on Google.


Now, here are some useful tricks you can do with Google search:

  • Site search

By using the “site:” keyword, you can make Google return results only from one site. This one’s really helpful.?For example, you could type in “ manchester united” and only get stories on Manchester United from the Telegraph website.

  • Translations

If you need to translate some words into a certain language, all you need to do is to type “translate <word> to <language>”. For example, if you type ‘translate pomme to english’ it will show that the answer is “apple,” and if it’s “translate pomme to spanish” it will return the result “manzana”.

  • Search for a specific file type

If you need to specifically look for a PDF or a Word file, you can search for specific file types by typing “<search term> filetype:pdf” or “<search term> filetype:doc”.

  • Check flight status


This is a little known but very useful feature of Google. If you type in your flight number, the top result is the details of that flight and its status. For example, typing in BA 335 reveals that British Airways flight 335 departs Paris at 15.45 today and arrives at Heathrow Terminal 5 at 15.48 local time. You’ll never be late for a flight again.

  • Weather forecast?

If you type the name of a city followed by the word “forecast”, Google will tell you the weather today, including levels of precipitation, humidity and wind, as well as the forecast for the next week. These are data gathered from The Weather Channel.


  • Exclude search terms

When you enter a search term that has a second meaning, or a close association with something else, it can be difficult to find the results you are looking for. Exclude irrelevant results using the ‘-‘ sign. For example, if you are searching for “apple,” and just the fruit, you should type in??”apple -iPhone”.

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