President Joe Biden has a very important message on his website, but you won’t find it unless you do a little digging. Mashable took a quick look at the source code of Biden’s official website and came across a relevant coronavirus PSA.
To see this Easter egg just visit JoeBiden.com, right click to check the source code, then scroll all the way down. There you’ll find simple ASCII block letters telling people to “wear a mask” – a very familiar phrase we’ve all been shouting for months.
If you don’t already have one or six masks, the website source code also includes the web address for an official Biden face mask worth $ 20 on the Team Joe Store. Always be upselling.
If you don’t want Biden’s name emblazoned on your mouth, or if your masks are a bit more stylish, that’s perfectly fine and understandable. Only as long as you wear one.
Face masks have been shown to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and protect you and the people around you. Given that nearly 5 million cases of COVID-19 and over 160,000 deaths have now been confirmed in the US, there is virtually no good reason not to wear a mask at this point.
This isn’t the first time web developers have hidden ASCII art on presidential candidate websites, although previous messages didn’t have the same urgency as Biden’s. Earlier this year we discovered that the websites of John Delaney, Eric Swalwell, and Amy Klobuchar had their candidate’s name in their source code. Delaney read: “GO JOHN GO!”
Not quite as important as “WEAR A MASK”, but at least Klobuchar had emoji.