By: David K. Every
& Daniel Fanton
(C) Copyright 1999 DKE - All Rights Reserved.
From: Ronald Bruck
(email@example.com) and James Renken
System 7.5.5 - 7.6.1:
You must have the clippings
extension installed for the drag & drop eggs to
Note: QuickDraw 3D is not needed for
any PCI Power Mac, or any computer with System version 7.5.5
to 7.6.1, if you type secret about box (no capitals)
in a text application that supports drag and drop, and drag
the text to the desktop, you will see a picture of the Apple
headquarters and a flag in the foreground (blowing in the
wind), with the logo "iguana iguana powersurgius"
(PowerSurge was the code name for the PCI Macs).
By moving the mouse around you control the direction the
wind. In fact, you can make the flag tear free and
fluttering toward the ground and off the screen.
The best way to get the flag to come off is to
"whip" it back and forth (by moving the mouse up and
down, at the right of the screen). The movements
accellerated the flapping in the breeze, and at just the
right level of violence, it breaks off. Once the flag is
off, you can control the direction of drift with the
The name of the iguana on the flag is Herman, and he is a
3.5-foot-long reptile that lives in the cube of Dave Evans,
one of the OS engineers in R&D. Herman was the mascot
for Marconi (System 7.5.2).
If you wait long enough, the picture on the flag will
change to a picture of the development team.
Text scrolls by at the bottom saying "Watch out for
low-flying iguanas". Then Credits go by.
What some of the Scrolling Text Means:
There are very random phrases and credits scrolling at
the bottom of the System 7.5.3 Headquarters secret about
box. Here is the inside scoop on the relationship between
some of the text and the new desktop patterns, from an Apple
- "For 7.5.3 on PCI PowerMacs only, there are a bunch
of new desktop patterns. Since a bunch of the previous
patterns are lame, hideous, or both, we decided to make
some more. They are pictures of things around the R&D
campus, like the sidewalk, grass, wood chips, and rocks.
The rocks picture was manipulated in Photoshop to be a
continuous pattern. That's what the line 'Hey Deric and
Geoff--nice rocks!' means in the 7.5.3 secret about
- The pattern that looks like a tannish lattice or tile
is actually a picture of a moldy shower in one of the
- The black on with roses is the skirt of one of the
- The new Scottish tartan colors are the actual
ancestral colors of two of the engineers on the update
team. One of them is the Dave referred to in the 'Hey
Dave, what's under the kilt?' line in the secret about
Bet you didn't think so much could be hidden in plain
From: Rafi Goldberg
If you drag the text "secret about box" onto the desktop
while holding these keys (American keyboard layout), you get
different results (push the key after you start dragging the
- If you hold p, you will see a picture of the
design team, with an iguana in their laps, on the flag.
However, in System 7.5.3 holding down p will
produce the MacOS picture.
- If you hold q, you will see a pink flag and
blank background with a message that QuickTime must be
installed to see images.
- If you hold down w, you get a dialog in the
upper left hand corner displaying the coordinates of the
- If you hold down t, you get a dialog showing
the frames per second, which changes while the flag is
- Holding down the the s key will eliminate the
Note: You can combine these keys for multiple
effects. Also, the keys in other countries vary due to
different keyboard layouts. For example, pressing 'Q' on an
American keyboard would mean a person in France would have
to press 'A' to have the same effect. Thanks to David Creech
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for help with the keys!
I was probing through the "System" file (version 7.5.2)
on a PCI Mac recently and found where the guts of the iguana
egg lie. Most of the information for the egg is located in
the 'timd' resource, in ID 25. If you open it up, all you
see are some typical codes, but close to the end of the
garbled test is a line that says "rob's window". It is
believed there is no way to trigger this message in the
easter egg. ID 31 of the 'timd' resource in "System
7.5.2 Update" file has most (if not all) of the information
in the above ID 25. On top of that, ID's 26 & 27 have
pictures of the Iguana and the Apple campus respectively.
The fix is in there due to the new Drag Manager in System
7.5.3 which would have otherwise eliminated the egg. The
pictures need to be viewed with a JPEG or JIFF viewer.
CanOpener did all of it for me. While they were fixing the
code for the Drag Manager, the about box was updated to
credit people who worked on the system update, unfortunately
taking out everyone who worked on it before the update.
I would love for
someone to stuff the code into a DA, so that the Iguana
could live on (and be run as an Application in current
versions of the System). Contact me if you hack this, or
have the source.