About:Robots

About:Robots


Last Updated: 7/15/2017

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Typing "About:Robots" into the address bar will show multiple easter eggs in your Firefox browser.

Description

In order to edit Firefox or fix technical issues in Firefox there are a number of “About:” commands which you can type into the address bar to edit setting hidden from the Settings menu. Surprisingly, that’s not the only thing that’s hidden from sight of most users as you’ll see in this very clever Firefox easter egg.

After typing in “About:Robots” in the address bar you’ll be taken to a strange page titled: “Welcome Humans!”

 

References

The Tab Name:
“Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!”  which is a reference to the 1951 film,”The Day The Earth Stood Still” is understood to be a phrase that deactivates robots if they begin to attack.

The Page Title:
“Welcome Humans!” is a reference to the 1976 film, “Logan’s Run” where the cyborg Box says, “Welcome, humans! I am ready for you!”

Sub-Title:
“We have come to visit you in peace and with goodwill!” is another line from “The Day The Earth Stood Still” spoken by Klaatu.

Text List:
• “Robots may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”
-This line is written in various books by author Isaac Asimov and was first introduced in his short story, “Runaround”.

• “Robots have seen things you people wouldn’t believe.”
-In the movie “Blade Runner” a replicant named Roy Batty states, “I’ve.. seen things you people wouldn’t believe…” in the final monologue.

• “Robots are Your Plastic Pal Who’s Fun To Be With.”
-This is a Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy reference. The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation uses this term to describe robots.

• “Robots have shiny metal posteriors which should not be bitten.”
-A Futurama reference. “Bite my shiny metal ass” is one of the main character, Bender’s, favorite phrase throughout the series.

Footer:
“And they have a plan.” is a Battlestar Galactica (2004 series) reference from the opening text.


At the bottom of the page you’ll then see a “Try Again” button. Upon pressing this button the text of the button changes to, “Please do not press this button again.” This is another reference to the book, “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” where Arthur presses a button and it warns him. If you then press the button one last time it will simply disappear.

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