Windows 2000 Easter Egg - Teapots Are Still Here

The teapots in the 3D Pipes screen saver from Win95 and NT still work:

1. Change your screen saver to 3D Pipes(OpenGL).
2. click Settings
3. Change the settings to Multiple Pipes, Traditional joints, with Mixed joint type. Set the resolution to max.
4. Click OK
5. Watch

Every now and again, a teapot is displayed instead of the normal ball joint at the corner of a pipe.
Not really a new egg, but it works better than the volcano one :)
I think it's amazing.

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Contributed By: Anonymous on 02-02-2000
Reviewed By: Webmaster
Special Requirements: Windows 200 installed....
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Comments

bytesman writes:
I had to set the resolution to MIN, not MAX for the teapots to show up for me.
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Rebecca writes:
I've experimented in Windows ME and Windows 98. Both have teapots, and it doesn't matter how you set the resolution. Also, you don't need to have multiple pipes or (as some people have said) a solid surface. All that seems to be necessary is the "mixed" joint setting.
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John Early writes:
That teapot goes way back; I think I first saw it in about 1984... It is a standard object; comes with many packages, including Lightwave. I had always thought that its appearance in the Pipes screensaver was a bug, not a feature; assuming that the code grabbed a bad pointer that pointed to a demo object. Oh well...
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Dennis writes:
I actually looked at the code. it seems that the teapot appears when a pipe is being constructed and there are no paths away from the starting point. i modified the code to generate many more pipes than the original, and the teapots appear very often...
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masbe writes:
WOW! I thought everyone was mad. I couldn't see any. However . . . sit, watch and wait. Be patient. I had to wait for 5 screen redraws before I saw one. AMAZING!
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MethodMan writes:
Wow, that's cool. At first I started looking for them and couldn't find any, so I thought it was just a figment of everyone's imagination. Thanks Lemming for them shot's on you web site. Twas pretty cool.
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Sodapop writes:
I am running Win2000 Pro Final Version and it worked! You have to look fast but sure enough teapos appear at joints randomly.
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doroposo writes:
Neat little easter egg. It was nice to find one that works in the release version of Win 2000. For anyone interested in the history of that teapot, check out this link: http://www.sjbaker.org/teapot/. In fact, that page even has a link back to this page! :-)
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lharms writes:
Did they change the code? Where did you get it? In the VC5.0 disk the source was a rand() function and some simple math. Then when the magic number BLUE_MOON popped up it would be a teapot (but only on corners)
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Here's an interesting little hack you can also do to this screensaver: Start REGEDIT and browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Screen Saver.3DPipes Change the key called SurfStyle to value 2 (normal value is 0 or 1). Some of the pipes will appear as wireframe rather than solid filled.
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geniusboy98 writes:
I saw the code! There is a variable named BLUE_MOON which is set to 153. It generates a random integer from 0 to 1000 and if it equals 153, it draws a teapot. Perhaps the Windows 2000 code that leaked a while back is worth rotting on my hard drive after all!
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Miriam Wiess writes:
Here is a screenshot of the teapot easter egg. Look in the lower center area of the image to see one. That's what you're looking for! http://www.wubbie.org/pictures/random/ms-teapot.jpg
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i was here writes:
hey! don't diss the volcano! do people still say diss?...
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MoJo writes:
This works. It's aight.
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