The internet might be pushing it when it comes to "real life," but hey, this is the one easter egg on this list that you can find right now without leaving your chair. Even better, you probably already know the secret code, the very same that would net you 30 extra lives in Contra on the NES: Up Up, Down Down, Left Right, Left Right, B, A, Start. This vaunted "Konami Code" works on dozens of sites across the internet. Simply typing it in with your keyboard (usually replacing Start with the Enter key) on a site like Wired may net you something silly.
You may or may not remember a rash of Konami-code enabled websites a few years ago. It kicked off in part because someone discovered that the famous button combination prompted a rainbow of ponies and unicorns to appear on ESPN.com, which seemed to be snuck in without the sports giant's consent. After that, other sites joined in on the fun, including the likes of Facebook.
A lot of sites have since taken the codes down after so many years. Heck, even Dorkly used to have a Konami Code easter egg before Old Man Bridgman took it down, mostly because he now acts as though this website is a front lawn that pesky kids should stay off of.
Even though the code dates back to the 80s, the results on websites like Soundclick are definitely a product of the 2009-era internet.
As such, most of the sites that forgot to disable the Konami Code offer up memes that grew tired years ago. Bacon as an easter egg is pretty lame as a whole, but it remains a fascinating time capsule from a time when viral sensations had a lifespan longer than 12 hours.
The one real exception here is Buzzfeed, which still does this upon recieving those familiar inputs:
Either this "Wilkie" is the same man purported to be the Chief Technology Officer of Buzzfeed, or what we are seeing is a cry for help of a man stuck in a virtual world astride copious sideboob and hard-hitting journalism. Maybe both.
R2-D2 always did seem a little rinky-dink compared to the rest of the spacefaring technology in Star Wars, but that's part of his charm. More than one person has compared his physical form to that of a mailbox, including a cute short film that sees the astromech droid fall in love with a mail receptacle.
The United States Postal Service thought so too, which is why they teamed up with Lucasfilm for a series of limited edition R2-D2 mailboxes. Over 400 were scattered across the country in 2007; they were big hits with fans, who coordinated over the "world wide web" to find them all. As the promotion came to a close, many of the R2 mail units were dissassembled, though some were sent overseas to help deliver the mail for the armed forces.
Depending on who you listen to, all of the R2-D2 mailboxes left on American soil were supposed to have been stripped of their special vinyl decoration by now, but it was only a couple years ago that an Imgur user found one on Georgia military base. There's also one over in Roswell, New Mexico, so who knows how many could have survived the purge. The truth is out there.