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Most of us love finding hidden gems scattered around us. From searching for Waldo in crowded illustrations to identifying Easter eggs in your favorite movies, there’s a certain type of joy in discovering something others usually fail to notice.

If you’re snoopy enough, you might have noticed that the real world is also overflowing with these fun, disguised additions. In fact, there’s even a subreddit called "IRLEasterEggs,” where its members share and celebrate the art of finding such peculiar surprises. You can find some of them hiding in the most unexpected places by scrolling through the list! We can’t promise that it’s going to be easy, though.

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Found Waldo In The Reflexion Of This Bathroom Mirror

Found Waldo In The Reflexion Of This Bathroom Mirror

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I Bought Shoes Made In Kenya And This Little Guy Poked Me In The Toe

I Bought Shoes Made In Kenya And This Little Guy Poked Me In The Toe

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In the 1980s, the Easter egg acquired a new meaning that keeps the hunting going all year. The novel definition refers to an extra feature hidden in video games, software, movies, or even commercials. They may include text, visual or audio effects, hidden pages, or unique features that can be accessed with a couple clicks. Just like what happens when you Google Search “Askew” or when you ask Siri to read you a book.

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“Use Bare Hand Now” On The Roll From Dog Poop Bags

“Use Bare Hand Now” On The Roll From Dog Poop Bags

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It Said No Flip!

It Said No Flip!

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would have added, "Now you've awakened it. I hope you've made peace with your estranged father."

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It’s widely believed that the first Easter egg appeared in the 1970 Atari game called "Adventure,” created by Warren Robinett. Back then, the company didn’t provide any credit for designers’ work, so he decided to rebel a little and hide “Created By Warren Robinett '' (click to see) in the secret room that's really hard to get to. He didn’t tell anyone about it, so this should’ve been inconspicuous, right? Well, a dedicated gamer teenager found it within a year and wrote directly to the company about his discovery.

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UK - Southwestern Trains Trying A Little Toilet Humour

UK - Southwestern Trains Trying A Little Toilet Humour

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The cost of fixing the game totaled $10,000 so Atari executives decided just to leave it in. During an interview in 2003, Robinett said that the manager at the time liked the idea of hidden surprises in games because they reminded him of “waking up on Easter morning and hunting for Easter eggs.” And that’s how they were born.

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My City (Santa Monica) Uses Pavers With Street Maps

My City (Santa Monica) Uses Pavers With Street Maps

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Viking Traffic Lights In Aarhus

Viking Traffic Lights In Aarhus

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On The Inside Tag Of A Maternity Shirt.. The Stork Was A Lie

On The Inside Tag Of A Maternity Shirt.. The Stork Was A Lie

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Recently, hiding such treats has gained momentum in the media. As a fun way to engage the audience and add an element of surprise, they can help brands connect with consumers on a deeper level. For example, the Super Bowl is popular for hiding references, jokes, cameos, and homages in their commercials.

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Chevrolet in 2022 surprised The Soprano fans by featuring its characters in their ad. Most of the references weren’t so subtle, except the one with... ducks? As the two characters are hugging, a group of them are seen walking over the hill. Lovers of The Sopranos know it’s a big deal because Tony (one of the larger roles) becomes obsessed with ducks when they settle down in his pool. The advertising agency subtly photoshopped them into the background “Just for true fans to find it."

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Been Coming To Work Here For A While, And Only Just Noticed The Floor Number Is Worked Into This Living Moss Wall 🤪

Been Coming To Work Here For A While, And Only Just Noticed The Floor Number Is Worked Into This Living Moss Wall 🤪

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LEGO Person Trapped In A Table At A Restaurant

LEGO Person Trapped In A Table At A Restaurant

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Movie directors have also been sneaking surprises into their creations for many years. Usually, they’re typically small, but they’re fun to find, which encourages film enthusiasts to re-watch the movie over and over again. They also spice up a day at the office for filmmakers. It can sometimes get pretty tedious, especially when dealing with animation or set design for hours.

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This Spaceman And Devil Holding An Ice Cream Cone On The Seemingly-Ancient Wall Of The University Of Salamanca In Spain

This Spaceman And Devil Holding An Ice Cream Cone On The Seemingly-Ancient Wall Of The University Of Salamanca In Spain

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Found On My Lemonade Bottle Label

Found On My Lemonade Bottle Label

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm Scottish, what is 'direct sunlight' ? You'd need a gap in the clouds of midgies to see it...

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Minesweeper

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Three squares below that orange sign would have been a safe click. There's also another safe square on the right.

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Additionally, it can provide evidence for illegal copying. Thus, when two versions of a film seem identical but only one has the presence of a confirmed Easter egg, the one without is considered to be a copy. They can also be used to hide thematic secrets in movies that are shown entirely out of chronological order. The viewers are left to figure out the right sequence of events, and disguised clues help to piece the puzzle together.

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A Pub At The Bottom Of Ben Nevis (The Highest Mountain In The UK) Has Tiny Rock Climbers In The Ceiling

A Pub At The Bottom Of Ben Nevis (The Highest Mountain In The UK) Has Tiny Rock Climbers In The Ceiling

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Rob
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I drive by there everytime I go shopping, and I've never been in the pub to have a look. Will have to now.

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The Janitor’s Area In This Bathroom Is Behind A Hidden Wall

The Janitor’s Area In This Bathroom Is Behind A Hidden Wall

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Let’s take the movie “Memento” by Cristopher Nolan, where the narrative chronology jumps 113 times. The color here is a great indicator of the time; the present is shown in color and given a reversed alphabetical sequence (from V to A). The flashbacks of the past are in black and white and marked in numerical order (from 1 to 22). When all of it comes together, the narrative plays like this: 1, V, 2, U, 3, T … etc. Without the assistance of Easter eggs, it would be quite impossible to figure that one out.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We'll now take a quick pause whilst a lot of pandas relive their father figure shouting at them "grab that wrench, not that wrench you idiot the other one, oh my god you're useless".

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Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe!

Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe!

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Andrew Keir
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That tiny motto means "only lovers" - even the people who make it, realise that Marmite is a pretty binary taste decision.

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But why do they work so well in the eyes of consumers? The psychology of Easter eggs lies in how our brain's reward system responds to a surprise. When we find something unexpected or novel, it triggers a burst of dopamine, which makes us happy and excited. In marketing, customers discover these treats and feel rewarded for their attention and effort, creating a positive association with the brand and even loyalty.

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A Very Happy Rock Locked Inside Another

A Very Happy Rock Locked Inside Another

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Another reason for their effectiveness is that they tap into our innate desire for discovery. When we find a hidden message or a unique feature, we feel like we’ve uncovered something special that’s limited only to us. This sense of VIP makes us feel like an elite part of the community, further strengthening our connection to a film, video game, commercial, or website.

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For those interested in more Easter egg hunting, make sure to check out our earlier publications full of pleasant surprises here, here, and here.

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This Metal Box On By The Sea

This Metal Box On By The Sea

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Coordinates Found Under The Seat In A Jeep Wrangler

Coordinates Found Under The Seat In A Jeep Wrangler

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Hand Dryer Projects The Word Dry While Using It

Hand Dryer Projects The Word Dry While Using It

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These things are just bacteria sprayers XD They've been tested all over the place, many different times, and have been proven to be just FULL of different bacteria and pathogens, which they blast onto your hands when you use them. Example: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-bacterial-horror-of-the-hot-air-hand-dryer-2018051113823

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I Found This Inside My Standing Desk Leg

I Found This Inside My Standing Desk Leg

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Andrew Keir
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is either so profound as to be beyond my comprehension, or, meaningless. You don't "let" a day be your best, you make it happen.

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This Message At The Bottom Of A Fruit Drink I Bought

This Message At The Bottom Of A Fruit Drink I Bought

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that because you made it better or because you made them hit a lower low than their previous lowest low?

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Space Invaders Invading Nice - France

Space Invaders Invading Nice - France

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is actually an artist who goes by the name Invader. He's French and does these all over the world and beyond (he had one that went into space).

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