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article imageGoogle gives web users a winter surprise in 'Let It Snow' search

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 19, 2011 in Internet
Search engine giant Google has given its users a little surprise gift this season.
When web searchers plug the term "Let it snow" in the search engine, the user is given a display in the form of a digital winter wonderland.
In the spirit of winter, when the phrase 'Let it snow' is typed into Google search, the results show snowflakes slowly floating down the screen.
After a few seconds the screen begins to "freeze" up and eventually obscure the now "iced" words displayed on the screen. Ultimately the page becomes "frozen" and the user is unable to click any of the returned results.
By moving the mouse, the user can push the snow around, make snow angels or create other snowy doodles, however even clearing the path by "pushing" the snow clear of the returned search links will not allow the user to click a link. All are frozen.
Google does, however, provide a "defrost" button that allows the users to clear the frost off the screen and continue to their search results. Then the flakes begin to gently fall again.
ZDNet said, "This Easter egg adds to many pre-existing features of Google, often not publicly disclosed, but discovered through the hundreds of millions of people searching for weird and wonderful results."
Seemingly Google's winter 'Easter Egg' doesn’t display for users who are surfing the web with Internet Explorer, but for those web seekers using Firefox, Chrome or Safari, "Let it Snow!"
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