Google Maps Easter Egg Pays Homage To First 'Vacation' Film

Google is a company who loves easter eggs, and this is apparent as made obvious through the numerous easter eggs which they've distributed in the varying Android operating system versions over the years. The OS build is just one place where Google inserts easter eggs though, and in fact they can actually be found throughout many different Google products and services. Last year for example, Google inserted an easter egg into Google Now which would give you back a fun response when you tap on the mic button and speak out the Konami code. Now, a new easter egg has been discovered within Google Maps which plays off of a popular National Lampoons film.

If you're familiar with National Lampoon's movies, you've likely seen a good few of them, perhaps all of them, or maybe just the Vacation flicks. In any case, you can prompt an easter egg to manifest in Google Maps based on the popular classic 'National Lampoon's Vacation' which as we all know is the first Vacation film. You can access this easter egg by opening up Google Maps, but to get to it you'll first have to set up directions to somewhere and start the navigation so the directions are voice guided.

Once navigation has begun, if you tap the mic button and ask Google "are we there yet?" it will give you back a normal response that includes how far away you are from your destination. Not very exciting, we know, but don't stop, keep going. If you tap the mic button and ask the same exact question four more times, Google will eventually tell you "if you ask me again, we won't stop for ice cream." This is a little gag which pays homage to something said by Chevy Chase who plays the father Clark Griswald in the original Vacation, just in case you haven't seen the movie and weren't aware of the origin of this joke. If that's the case, it's a good film and should definitely be on the list of movies to watch. Little things like this are reasons why people find Google awesome, because little things like this show they can have fun. It's worth noting this is can only be found in the latest version of the app.

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