Google countdown timer, possible surprise?

A small or even possibly large Easter egg was discovered on Google's homepage today, when the user visits the website, www.google.com, leaves the search box blank and click "I'm Feeling Lucky". The user is prompted with a countdown timer to the year 2010.

The clock is displayed in seconds and runs off of the users own system clock. If users set the clock to just before midnight on January 1, 2010, the clock will count down to 0 and simply disappear.

Some users suspect that the clock is just a countdown timer to the year 2010 and nothing else, while others suspect that Google has bigger announcements up their sleeves, possibly Google's Nexus One release announcement, or something just as large.

Users will need to wait and watch Google in the New Year to see if there are any new product announcements. Either Google has something major planned for their users or Google just likes to add Easter eggs that become a quick discussion around the Internet.

Thanks to Majesticmerc for the news tip.

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scaramonga said,
According to the amount of seconds and doing the math, that works out at roughly 2.3 YEARS till it reaches ZERO :)

your math is flawed.

scaramonga said,
According to the amount of seconds and doing the math, that works out at roughly 2.3 YEARS till it reaches ZERO :)

There's minutes in an hour.

rm20010 said,
Try using Google to convert the number of seconds to days.

In the above example: 1 296 508 seconds = 15.0058796 days


This math is correct.

At first I thought it was a H:M:S, but that didn't seem to fit, having 79 minutes in an hour? :/
Than I thought it was some sort of game, until I just took the current number, divide by 60, divide by 60 again, and you should get your days left.

Tarrant64 said,
It's there. Did you Google it?

Ah... you know what? I think it's my adblock extension. XD

EDIT: Except, wait, it's back again and I didn't change anything. Hmm...

The number is a countdown of seconds. If you break it down into days you will see that it's just a count down to new years. Not really that big of a deal.

It's the countdown till Skynet goes online.

No joke. You didn't think it's be from Google? Was there really ever any question about it?

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