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Nov032011

Do a Barrel Roll: Google Channels Apple and Nintendo

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) -- Got a moment to kill?

Try this: Go to Google’s homepage. Type in the words “Do a barrel roll.” Click Enter.

Did the Earth move for you? Is it homage to Apple’s iPhones and iPads with their built-in accelerometers — those little gizmos that tell a device when it’s been moved, turned on its side, propped up with one end on top? One blogger suggested Google is invoking Nintendo’s Star Fox.

Meanwhile, Twitter is lighting up as people discover “Do a Barrel Roll.” A few sample comments:

  • “Google is being nerdy again and I love it.”
  • “It will bring you joy for approximately 5 seconds.”
  • “You won’t be disappointed. Or maybe you will if you are a grump.”


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