Easter is almost upon us. Families will get together for sacred meals,a few unlucky adults will dress up in unbearably hot bunny costumes to please children, chocolate will be devoured religiously, and hordes and hordes of folks will be hunting for Easter eggs. There have been some pretty memorable Easter eggs over time. Let’s take a look at some of them now, shall we?

What do you mean these aren’t the same kind of Easter eggs?

The Google Reader Konami Code

Any geek worth his spectacles will know the Konami code – up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. That magical sequence will get you loads of powerups in Gradius, 30 lives in Contra, and plenty more still today. What a lot of people don’t know is that you can you also enter the code in Google Reader. Doing so will cause a blue background and a ninja to appear in the left side bar, as well as the word “Ninja!” popping up in the search bar.

Chuck Norris Finds you

If you go to Google and search for Chuck Norris, you’ll get a plethora of results. However, if you type “find Chuck Norris,” you’ll get a special page with the following message:

“Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.”

Fair enough, Google. Fair enough.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Literal Easter Egg

The videogame medium is no stranger to Easter eggs. They’ve been a part of gaming since the beginning, but by far one of the greatest eggs is found in the controversial Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. If you reach a certain rooftop and then magically walk through a certain window, you’ll find a tiny room with bare walls. In the middle of that tiny room is a pedestal and atop that pedestal is a large, chocolate egg with the words “Happy Easter” scrawled across.

Serenity in Battlestar Galactica

Alright, excuse me for a moment while my nerdiness overpowers my geekiness. As a huge fan of science fiction, I have a special place in my heart for the TV series Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Imagine how excited I was when I learned that the ship from Firefly, “Serenity,” makes not one but multiple appearances in Battlestar Galactica, hidden amongst the other ships in the fleet. This crossover is the result of the same special effects people working on both series and seeing fit to sneaking a little Firefly tribute into the more-recent BSG.

Predator 2 Xenomorph Skull

Here’s another bit of nerdiness, but something horror fans can get onboard with. In the Predator franchise, the lead aliens are just that – predators. They hunt, they kill, they take trophies. When we were given a glimpse inside the aliens’ vessel in Predator 2, the wall was lined with the skulls of various species that had fallen prey to these fierce creatures. But among those mindbending alien skulls, one in particular stood out – that of a xenomorph, the alien creatures from the Aliens franchise. Contrary to popular belief, this did not kick off their infamous feud. An Aliens versus Predator comic was released the previous year. Yet it’s easy to believe that this brief cameo helped solidify one of the greatest rivalries science fiction has even known.

Phantom Menace Phone Home

Since I’m in something of a nerd mood, I’ll end this list with another great melding of science fiction worlds. For Star Wars fans such as myself, there wasn’t a lot to like about the prequels. Sure, the Sith had their moments, and Ewan MacGregor did what he could to salvage the disappointing trilogy, but it just wasn’t enough. The worst offender is The Phantom Menace, thanks in no small part to the beefy role Jar Jar Binks enjoyed. And while this doesn’t make up for ruining so many childhoods, there is a brief moment of pure nostalgic ecstacy in Phantom Menace.

In the scene in which the vote of no confidence happens in the senate, if you keep your eyes on the lower left corner of the screen, you’ll see three delegates from E.T.’s planet. Phone home guys, you want no part of this movie.

I’ve barely scratched the surface of the bounty of Easter eggs that are out there, hidden in your favorite media, just waiting to be found. Hopefully this list has whet your appetite enough to go searching for them. Happy Easter!

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