An Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Eggs And Books Wallpaper

As Wikipedia puts it, an “Easter egg is an intentional hidden message, inside joke, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword.”

Here are some Easter Eggs listed on The Easter Egg Archive:

1) In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter asked Alice at the Tea Party how a Raven is like a Writing desk. Carrol never answers his own riddle. The answer is “Poe wrote on both.” – Prince Mu-Chao

2) The name of the rat in  E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web was “Templeton”. White was a Fiji (Phi Gamma Delta). He named the rat after one of the founders of the fraternity (John Templeton McCarty). – okman

3) On the back cover of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, other writers praise this work. Near the fourth comment there are coordinates written sideways heading north. These coordinates are for a sculpture located on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. It contains thousands of encrypted messages, of which a fourth section (containing about 98 characters) have yet to be cracked!! – ashouser

4) In Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there’s mention of the worst poetry in the Universe was created by Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings. In the original radio series, this was a reference to Paul Neil Milne Johnstone. However, Adams was forced to retract the name for later recordings and for the book. (Johnstone is a real person, a sample of his poetry can be found at – Inguin

5) It’s probably typical of a lot of authors but best-selling mystery writer Michael Connelly (The Poet, Blood Work, ) frequently names minor characters after people he knows, particularly former colleagues at the Los Angeles Times. Anyone familiar with the staff of the newspaper’s San Fernando Valley office in Chatsworth should recognize many names throughout Connelly’s novels. One book (can’t remember which) makes reference to an old L.A. Times photo by Boris Lugavere, a reference to Boris Yaro and Joel Lugavere, two longtime photographers at the paper. – Anonymous

6) In  John Fowle’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman, the two main characters fall asleep on a train. A mysterious stranger enters the car, looks them over, smiles, and leaves. The book comments, strangely, that this man was “satisfied” with their progress. Many Fowles fans believe that it is the author putting himself in the novel. – Al Ronnfeldt

7) The enduring fame of Poe’s dark tales and poems — such as The Raven, The Black Cat, The Telltale Heart, and The Pit and the Pendulum — have long overshadowed his strong penchant for hoaxes and puzzles. In fact, he ran several hoaxes as apparently legit news articles… In 2 of his later poems, “A Valentine” and “An Enigma”, you can find hidden names by reading the first letter of line 1, second letter of line 2, and so on… “A Valentine” spells the name of Frances Sargent Osgood, while “An Enigma” spells Sarah Anna Lewis, both poets whose work Poe reviewed. – Anonymous


3 thoughts on “An Easter Egg Hunt

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  2. I cite “Love In The Time Of Cholera” as containing a true Easter Egg. About three quarters of the way through is a paragraphy describing a trip on a creaky passenger boat traveling on a tropical river with description of sounds, smell, heat. Earlier in the book is the EXACT SAME PARAGRAPH word for word. Go ahead take a look. This duplicate paragraph seems more like an Easter Egg than product placement.

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