This might just be the best thing EVER: Vogue UK and a whole bunch of other British Conde Nast websites have a fabulous little Easter on them right now just waiting for you to unlock. That Easter egg is a series of DINOSAURS IN HATS parading across your screen. Here’s how to do it:
1. Go to Vogue UK’s website.
2. While you’re on the homepage, type in the following code on your keyboard: Up arrow, up arrow, down arrow, down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, left arrow, right arrow, b, a. Again, that’s up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a.
Et voila! Keep hitting “a” to make more dinos appear. And hey, do some of those hats look familiar to you? The eagle-eyed folks over at Fashionista found some creations from Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton in the bunch—which, of course, makes sense, as only the most fashionable of dinosaurs would be sent to take over Vogue UK.
The gamers in the house will, of course, recognize that magical little code as the Konami Code. For the non-gamers out there, the Konami Code was first used in the 1986 Nintendo Entertainment System game Gradius, but gained its popularity among North American gamers in 1987’s Contra. It was created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the developer who masterminded the home port of the arcade version of Gradius; upon discovering that the game was really, REALLY hard during testing, he came up with a way to give players the game’s full set of power-ups right from the start: What became known as the Konami Code. Hashimoto meant to remove it before the NES port of Gradius was released, but kind of, um, forgot. It’s since been used, and reused, and used again, and now it’s a beloved part of gamer lore. Check out a list of all the games in which the Konami code appears here. Fun fact: In last year’s fabulous Disney flick Wreck-It Ralph, [SPOILERS] King Candy uses the Konami code to reprogram the racing game Sugar Rush.
Vogue UK isn’t the only Conde Nast site that’s gotten in on the fun, by the way; if you go to GQ UK, you get this:
At Easy Living’s British site, there’s this:
And at Wired UK, there are dinos in VR gear—and Nyan Cat!:
Happy Tuesday, Bettys!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.