Did you know that your Mac came preloaded with a ton of easter eggs? These easter eggs are the hidden functionalities in your machine that can only be revealed after digging deeper into the system. Well, you can avoid doing the digging yourself as we uncovered some of the easter eggs in Mac for you. Here are 10 of them.
1. The Classic Snake Game
If you are fond of playing classic games, then you would be glad to know that your Mac is preloaded with a few such games. Although it requires a bit of digging deeper, the games actually provide you the plot that you had on your older smartphones (or just phones?).
To launch the game, fire-up Terminal on your Mac, type in “emacs” (without quotes) and hit Enter.
Press “Esc” and “X” together and then type in “snake”. Then hit Enter.
And that’s it. You should now be able to play the snake game on your Mac. You have two other games to play, namely pong and tetris. Just type in their names instead of snake and you will be able to play them as well.
Unless you have very sharp eyes, I am sure you didn’t notice the poetry hidden inside your Mac. The TextEdit app that comes preloaded has a poetry hidden inside its icon. To see it for yourself, just launch Launchpad, type in “TextEdit”, and see the app’s icon for yourself. Can you read that text? No? No worries, here’s what it reads:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes — the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing that you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
3. The Slow Motion Effect
When you minimize an app on your Mac, it quickly goes into the minimize bar located in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Have you ever wished you could slow down the minimize effect to see the full transition? Well, there’s a way you can do that.
When you are minimizing an app, simply hold down the “Shift” key on your keyboard. It will slow down the animation and allow you to enjoy the whole transition effect.
4. The Record Icon
When you change your profile picture on your Mac, the options that you are provided with contains a record icon. Did you ever bother to read the text inside the icon? Well, it includes some of the words that Mr. Jobs often used to say, and those words are namely, magic, revolution, boom, and unbelievable.
5. So Sue Me
A lot of us get worried when we hear that they are going to be sued. Something like that happened to Apple years ago, and in response to that, Apple added a sound effect to Mac that says “So Sue Me”.
To hear it for yourself, head to System Preferences, then Sound, then click on “Sosumi”, and it will play the sound for you.
6. Your Mac is Your Doctor
Besides being your best friend, did you know that your Mac is a doctor as well? I am sure you will not believe it until we show you the evidence.
To access the in-house (or in-computer) doctor, fire-up Terminal on your Mac, type in “emacs” (without quotes), press Esc and X together, and then type in “doctor”. And there you have your personal doctor taking care of all of your medical needs.
The name might sound familiar to those of our friends who have a Windows PC. BSOD stands for “Blue Screen of Death” and it is encountered when there is an issue on your Windows computer. In order to tease Microsoft, Apple has added a Windows computer’s screen with BSOD that shows up in network computers on your Mac. You can find it right inside the Finder when a Windows computer is connected to the network that your Mac is connected to.
8. Important Dates in History
Do you remember all of the famous dates in history? Worry not if you do not. Your Mac has got them all for you.
To see such dates, just fire-up Terminal, and type in
and hit Enter.
9. Star Wars Right Inside the Terminal
Do you consider yourself a big fan of Star Wars? Then why not check out the Star Wars hidden inside your Mac?
Fire-up Terminal, type in
and hit Enter. See the rest of the movie for yourself.
10. Ask your Mac to tell you a joke
We end our list of the easter eggs with some funny jokes for you. To hear some of these jokes, head to System Preferences followed by Speech. Enable the options that say “Speakable Items” and “Speak Back Text”. Now ask your Mac “Tell me a joke” and let it make you laugh, literally.
Sometimes it really feels great to have found such a great list of things that were on your machine but that you weren’t aware of, yet. The easter eggs above should help keep you entertained, not forever, but for a while at least.