The robots have begun to invade the world, starting with Firefox 3! That’s right, the next-generation browser may not be what we were expecting all along. They are trying to pose as friendly inhabitants of the browser, but don’t get sucked into their evil spell. It’s too late for me, but save yourselves by switching to Internet Explorer!

Okay, maybe that’s a bit over-the-top, but the robots have definitely found a home in the latest Firefox 3 Beta 5. As James pointed out via a comment all you have to do is type about:robots into your address bar and press Enter. You should see this message:

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!

Welcome Humans!

We have come to visit you in peace and with goodwill!

  • Robots may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • Robots have seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
  • Robots are Your Plastic Pal Who’s Fun To Be With.
  • Robots have shiny metal posteriors which should not be bitten.

And they have a plan.

Here’s a screenshot of the message you’re presented with.

firefox 3 about robots
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You’ll notice that the title of the page is “Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!” What does it mean? It’s from the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still released in 1951, where that particular message was meant to stop the robot Gort from destroying Earth [via Wikipedia].

What’s even better is that clicking the “Try Again” button will just replace it with another button that says “Please do not press this button again.” Naturally you’ll want to click it again, and then it will just disappear.

Note: This Easter Egg is only available in Firefox 3 Beta 5 and beyond.