404 Dancing dreidel. Photo: Adam Fagen (cc-by-nc-sa)

Published on December 17th, 2014 | by Ido Kenan


Google’s Hanukkah Easter-Egg Gets It Almost Right

Google made an Easter-egg for Hanukkah, but got it wrong a second year in a row.

When searching or <חנוכה> (the Hebrew word), the search results page displays a lit Hanukkah menorah and a dreidel. Hanukkah dreidels adorn four letters on their four sides, celebrating the miracle of the cruse of oil, where Dreidels in Israel show the letters נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (Hei), פ (Pei), which stand for “a great miracle happened here (in Israel)”; and dreidels outside of Israel show נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (Hei), ש (Shin), for “a great miracle happened *there*”. Google’s dreidel shows the “there” version, even for searches from within Israel, reports reader Shai from Haifa (thanks, Shai!)

Google Hanukkah Easter-egg 2014. Screenshot: Ido Kenan

The dreidel in Google's 2014 Hanukkah Easter-egg. Screenshot: Ido Kenan

Which is better than what they did in 2013, when the letters on the dreidels were mirror flipped, according to this screencast.

Google Hanukkah Easter-egg 2013. Screenshot: Rajamanickam Antonimuthu

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