YouTube 'Spirals' Out of Control With Geek Week Easter Egg

The second day of YouTube Geek Week has a treat for numberphiles.

ByJon M. Chang
August 05, 2013, 10:18 AM

Aug. 5, 2013— -- The comedians had a week of YouTube fun last May, but this week the geeks shall inherit the earth. YouTube's own user page is promoting Geek Week by highlighting popular channels and linking to all matters of geekery and nerddom.

Hidden amid the comic books, video games and geek IQ tests are Easter Eggs. Sunday's clue told users (in Huttese, no less) to search for "Use the force, Luke." Those who channeled their inner Jedi found all of YouTube's search entries hovering about the page.

Today's riddle, according to a YouTube statement, includes "seashells, pinecones, artichokes, pineapples." What do these naturally found objects have in common? They all have a number of spirals that relate to the Fibonacci sequence.

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If it's been awhile since your last math class, the Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers in which the next number in the sequence is the sum of its two previous entries. The first two entries are 0 and 1, and working from there, you get 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and so on. YouTube pointed out in its statement that the numbers in today's date are all in the Fibonacci sequence.

The Fibonacci sequence can also manifest itself in shapes, starting with a square whose sides are 1-inch long. Another 1-inch square branches off the first square, and then a 2-inch square branches off the previous two squares. The branching squares continue onward to infinity.

Connecting the corners of each successive square results in a Golden Spiral, which is clearer in pictures than in words. Look up "Fibonacci" in YouTube, and the search results appear in a Golden Spiral.

YouTube has more stuff hidden up its sleeve. To figure out the remaining Geek Week Easter Eggs, visit YouTube's social media pages. The company posts a clue around 12 p.m. PT to its Facebook, Google+ and Twitter accounts.

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