Why does Chrome show a T-Rex when it’s offline?

With touching the topic “offline” in the previous post, I was reminded of the T-Rex that Chrome shows when it’s offline.

Most of us think it’s just a fun little pixel dinosaur which acts as facade for a game you can play whilst there’s no active internet connection, but there’s more to it.

The T-Rex is a reference to a scene from the 2007 film Meet the Robinsons. In it a T-Rex tries snapping up a boy, but fails at it due to his big head an little arms:

So the T-Rex in Chrome is there not because it’s a fun little pixel dinosaur, but BECAUSE IT CANNOT REACH THE BOY PAGE.

My inner geek rejoices 🙂

Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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