Internet Explorer Easter Egg - Color Me Crap

Quite randomly, found out that when coding HTML one can specify the color "crap" within the font tag. Simply write <font color="crap"> and the resulting bit of text will have a light brown tinge.

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Contributed By: Brian Strauss on 07-18-2000
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Special Requirements: IE and(or Netscape) 4+
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yohimbe9 writes:
CRAP. here's what really happens. the browser tries to find the color "crap" and can't. so it tries to make a hexadecimal color out of it. since hexadecimal goes from 0 to F, it interprets the C and the A and the R and P are counted as 0(zero.) since hexidecimal are in three groups of two, it assumes zeros for the last group. so we get C0A000 which in decimal is 190 for Red, 160 for Green, and 0 for blue.
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OK... Try this for a splash of color. In the address bar type: *** javascript: void ( document.bgColor = '#000000' ) *** (copy and paste everything in between the sets of asterisks, NOT including the asterisks themselves). Now click "Enter". Of course, the code may be edited to the color you like. #000000 is hexadecimal HTML for black; #FFFFFF is hexadecimal for white. You can only display the 216 Standard browser colors.
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Tom writes:
Guys! This is stupid. Yohimbe9 (yohimbe9@aol.com) has explained this phenomenon clearly. It is not an egg per se -- more of a random effect which seems to amuse some people. If you guys want to see some more random effects, open up the calculator application and try multiplying crazy numbers. You never know *what* you're gonna get!
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OK boys and girls. Time for a lesson in hex colouring. The hex triplet that websites use for colour (eg white: FFFFFF) are split into 3 different sets (1: FF 2: FF 3: FF [perhaps white wasn't the best example).) This allows for 256 * 256 * 256 different possible colours. Each triplet may hold a value between 00 and FF (FF == 255 in decimal.) The first triplet specifies the amount of RED in the colour. The second triplet specifies the amount of GREEN in the colour. The third triplet specifies the amount of BLUE in the colour. Hence "RGB triplet". As such, FF0000 will get you bright red, 00FF00 will get you bright green, and 0000FF will get you bright blue. The colour values work the same way as the spectrum. 00 == absence of colour. FF == full colour. As such, the absence of all colour, 000000 is black, and the presence of all colour, FFFFFF is white. When you type in crap, as one of the first posters pointed out, the browser converts it to hex, any character outside of the range of 0-9, A-F is converted to zeros, and any missing characters of the 6 is assumed to be a zero: CR == C0 AP == A0 00 == 00 So out of 255, you have 192 red, 160 green, and no blue. A brownish yellowish, really ugly colour. Entirely and purely coincidental. Browsers do, however, understand normal every day colours. ie. blue, green, orange, white, black, etc.
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username writes:
Easter egg or not, make the color COKE and you'll get red
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IKB writes:
I saw a green cheese - yuck
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KillerBob writes:
Try the following colours: "beer" "blood" "booze" "tequila" "vodka" etc. The only one that vaguely looks like its object is "beer". I think this has to do with the way IE hex decodes the colours.
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Non_D_Script writes:
I'd just like to add that the reason none of you are getting a pinkish colour when you type "fuschia" is because you're all spelling it incorrectly. It's FUCHSIA. If you type *that* in, IE will recognize it.
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Yes I've known about this for some time and have been using it in pages for a while. My favorite is "BLOOD"
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RockMtnMX writes:
I agree with the people who are saying that it's just the computer trying to read it as hexadecimal. "CRAP" has already been explained, "COKE" is just the computer turning it into '#C00E0', which is that red color. I tested it myself. It's the same with these other ones. Some of them MIGHT be a trick that Bill Gates hid in Microsoft, because Microsoft does recognise some of the color names, but i doubt it. If you don't believe me, do the JavaScript code to change the color (explained somewhere else in these comments), and for the color, type in '#C00E0', and look what you get: "Coke." Try it with '#C0A000', and you get the "Crap color." I'm sorry, but this is a coincidence.
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Cottser writes:
it is correct that the words are interpreted as hex colors. doesn't matter what words you put in, as long as it has some letters a-f... eg: you suck shows black... crapmonkeys shows a pinkish color...
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Xreaon writes:
Ok here are some more: Australia red. adam sortof light crap. birthday purple. cool red. cplusplus red. Duration half crappy half yellow. damihaveemail Yucky pink. fandango nice yellow. farts bright red. gesture blue. honda blue. jacket light blue. iamcool greeny. mattjones light purple. ok. that's about all I know, and I am not going to find more tonight!
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I have some more. There are a few basic colours that you get with three, four and five letter words, i.e. royal blue, maroon etc. If you type in some phrases then you get much more interesting colours! chocolate = greyish-green eastereggs = HORRIBLE yellow ihatemicrosoft = powder blue eggyolk = pink iloveyou = green lifesucks = green/blue abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy = red thepizzaistakingovermybrain = orange (don't ask where I get the phrases from!) iseedeadpeople = bright green Hope that people find even more!
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swamilad writes:
this works with many different words. type "about:" in the Address bar to test the colors
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justin670 writes:
As fascinating as this is, I don't suggest using it on your pages because it won't work in a real browser that sticks to the HTML standards (such as Opera) Although, this is probably a good thing... fuschia and crap-brown are definitely not on my top ten list of pleasant background colors.
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Rand writes:
I've found that my name, Andrew, gives you a light bluish color. Cheese gives you a vibrant green. interesting.
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kittykirsty writes:
My absolute favourite is to type "apple" ; brings up a gorgeous bright purple color, i use it on all my web pages!
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daunrealist writes:
Jeez, you dumb guys! Why'd you have to ruin it? Even if it is 'logically explained', it's still really funny!
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writes:
My favorite is "luckoftheirish". Enjoy!
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geno writes:
once I had a Internet error page and it said the internet was being powered by monkeys then showed a bunch of numbers and letters and told me to show it to the monkeys
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writes:
When I type "about:", it shows a GREEN color on the screen.
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Skeletor writes:
It works also if you just type in the color name. Of course, this is for only basic colors... blue, green, black, purple, red, ping, gray... etc. Any basic color that you can select from Microsoft Word's font color menu. Just as long as it's not one with an adjective, like bright or dark, etc. Also, the default color is black, so if you type in some non-hex numbers, such as xyzzy, it just displays black background.
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It's coded in hexadecimal. I know this, being that I program websites myself. It's all a total coincidence. When's the last time you heard of "cheese" being green? Only when it's moldy. And not a vibrant green. Furthermore, blood is not fuschia. People are stupid. By the way, typing in "00ff00" gives you green. Yay! And ee0000 gives you blood. Coincidence....or not?
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Bob writes:
I've found that typing in "fuschia" gives you tan. Why, I don't know. Here are some other results: 12345 = weird but cool greyish blue -> keep going up and it gets lighter Napoleon = brown Office = really light green, awesome color Desk = maroon Crew = greenish yellow -> sort of a "pee green" France = light purple UnitedStatesofAmerica = dark blue Antarctica = purple This is all the time I had! Mad Dogs rule!
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People actually waste time typing in nonsensical words to see what colour they produce? Why...How Fascinating...
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Ramzypro writes:
You guys need lives. For an explanation of Hex colors, you can go to my HEX color website at: http://users.tc3net.com/rbilby/ascii.html. until then, please stop commenting, as this isn't an egg at all...
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Alex writes:
Heh, my name (alex/#A0E000) makes a nice green. IE supports dozens of color names, not just the basic 16, from aliceblue (#F0F8FF) to yellowgreen (#9ACD32) as well as variants. And for anyone who cares, I wrote a program a while back to make colors for me... I suppose it's not that userfriendly for someone who has no clue how hex colors work, but I like it anyway. www.nelcorp.com/alex/colorhex01.exe, requires the VB6 runtimes.
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Silver757 writes:
"Sonic" brings up a dark blue color. That's a coincidence. "Mario," "Tails," and "Amy" don't work, and "Knuckles" gives a greenish color.
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Mody writes:
"Bill Gates" gives you a purpley colour but if you put in "Microsoft" - now that gives you a nice Microsoft Blue!! Hours of time wasting this is!!:)
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Harvey writes:
Also, if you type in "about:" (without the quotation marks) and type in something after the final arrow thing, the writing will appear on the screen along with that color selected.
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Fealiks writes:
Hi, I'm a n00bie. i saw that you guys had some interestin' stuff. Anyway, guess what "vibrantpurple" gives you? ;)
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dave68 writes:
I tried it with "White" - Gave me Blue
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DoomChick writes:
It didn't work for me, I have IE 5 - doesn't it work with that?
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eskimobob182 writes:
My fave thing to type is "waukegan"
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freeky182 writes:
this is in response to Skeletor's comment about not being able to add adjectives to the color names - specifying LIME green works just fine, I know this from my experience at programming web sites
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I also program Web Sites and if you type ff00ff you'll really get pink!
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Silver757 writes:
Use "," and you get a dark blue color.
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Pichu writes:
pichu give you GREEN!!!!!!!! yuck!!!
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xssotae writes:
What is the "Matrix"? (color)... Matrix = Black :) my name has a tight red color, try it out "DreamsInBinary" .¤(_|-\* DreamsInBinary */-|_)¤.
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Thunder_Ivan writes:
If you use Thunder Ivan as the color, you get a yellwish color
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