Play Pac-Man. On Google's Homepage. Right Now. Seriously.

Last Updated May 21, 2010 12:58 PM EDT


Today is the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, a game that played a formative role in my youth -- and consumed most of my allowance.

In honor of the little dot-muncher's big day, Google has transformed its home page into a logo-inspired, playable Pac-Man game. But only for today!

To get started, just click the Insert Coin button (which has permanently displaced I'm Feeling Lucky). Use the arrow keys to guide Big Yellow.

And here's an Easter Egg: Click Insert Coin twice to add Ms. Pac-Man to the table; she's controlled by W, A, S, and D.

There you go: the single biggest time-waster we've ever posted on Business Hacks. I'm taking the rest of the day off, boss!

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