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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Google Nessie
Tom Spring, writing for Computer World, describes many of the jokes and tricks hidden in Google's various websites and programs. One that I wasn't aware of is that Nessie regularly surfaces on iGoogle:

set your alarm to 3:14 a.m. and your browser to the beach-themed iGoogle page. At precisely that time each day, Nessie surfaces for 60 seconds, then takes a deep breath and dives back under the dark loch's surface. Why that time of the morning? Well, according to programmers' lore, Google developers did it to pay homage to the mathematical quantity Pi.

I don't think I'll ever get to see this, since 3:14 am is way past my bedtime. (I now have great trouble staying up past midnight, unlike in grad school when I would regularly still be awake at sunrise.)

Another hidden Google joke is "Google Gothic". Type this phrase into the Google search engine, and then hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button. You'll be taken to Googoth, a search engine catering to "dark, gothic, industrial, and alternative topics."
Categories: Cryptozoology
Posted by The Curator on Thu Mar 20, 2008
Comments (13)
What 3.14 am is it? Local time to your computer or GMT, EST, CET?
Posted by mr royale  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  06:13 AM
I wonder if you can change your system time so you could see it at some other time of day (yet the clock would say it's 3:14am)?
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  06:13 AM
I saw Nessie some time ago and I wrote a post about it here: http://thekaone.blogspot.com/2007/10/nessy-su-google.html
Posted by Gianni  in  Italy  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  08:23 AM
Okay, it does seem dependent on your computer system's time. Mind you, not having much knowledge of iGoogle, I didn't see Nessie surface at 3:14am, so I wonder if that alarm setting has something to do with it? And where to find it?
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  10:02 AM
Um, Googoth isn't a "hidden Google joke", it just happens to be the top search result for those terms.
Posted by Monopod  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  11:40 AM
Yeah, Googoth appears to be a totally separate site and nothing internal to google. It's not much of a search engine - no matter what terms you put into the search engine you get the same listing of sponsored sites.
Posted by Irene Ringworm  in  Beaverton, OR  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  01:04 PM
There is the famous "French Military Victories" bit that made the rounds in 2006.

I think the 3:14 AM would be GMT, or whatever it's being called now. Loch Ness is in that time zone. My question concerns DST. Is the 3:14 AM time adjusted for that?
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  01:07 PM
There's 3:14 easter eggs in all the google themes. The ghost one really weirded me out the first time I caught it while pulling an all-nighter a while back.

You can see some here: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/03/easter-egg-in-google-personalized.html
Posted by Snowy  in  aeternum  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  07:17 PM
another great little google tidbit:

Go to the Language Tools and take a look at what Languages you can switch to for "Use the Google Interface in your Language"

I never knew Elmer Fudd was a language before XD
Posted by sarahearth  in  New Zealand  on  Mon Mar 24, 2008  at  05:03 PM
Googoth didn't even function when I tried a search. Just a list of errors.
Posted by Jasmine  on  Wed Apr 09, 2008  at  09:51 AM
To me it is a large boat going quite fast leaving a trail of wake in the water.
sorry nessie fans but im 99.9999999999% right.
just take a look at other boats in the water same colour, same shape,but some are not moving.
Posted by Jake  in  stockport  on  Wed Aug 26, 2009  at  05:35 PM
Googoth didn't even function when I tried a search
Posted by cet  on  Thu Sep 03, 2009  at  07:35 PM
I once saw nessie in my pants!!!
Posted by Jew  in  Lake Loch Ness  on  Thu Jan 14, 2010  at  11:24 AM
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