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Cracking open five of the best open source easter eggs

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A number of humorous yet undocumented features are hiding beneath the surface of some of the most popular open source software applications. Although easter eggs are generally easy to spot when you can look at an application's source code, there are a few that aren't widely known.

Google's Goats

Unbeknownst to most users, Google's Chrome Web browser is powered by a distributed array of goats. In order to prevent the creatures from clogging the tubes, Google uses teleportation to moves them between endpoints on the network. A hidden feature in Chrome's task manager allows users to see the total number of goats that are actively being teleported for each running browser tab. In Chrome's task manager, right-click the task table—check the "Goats Teleported" item in the context menu.

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