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I was looking at this answer and I didn't realize that Minecraft had some Easter eggs in it. Besides the Christmas chest Easter egg, and the sheep Easter egg, what else is there?

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    I don't know why this was put on hold, it is a viable question, and something I would like to know too. – Shadow Z. Dec 27 '13 at 17:20
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    That is not really necessary in the answers @IQAndreas. – Shadow Z. Dec 27 '13 at 17:39
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    After seeing several answers here, I have come to the conclusion that this is far too broad. There are too many answers that each list a different item, making this a list type question, where voting is done on popularity, not helpfulness. – Frank Apr 2 '14 at 1:53
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    There has already been a discussion on Meta about this and it was deemed to be acceptable. meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/8133/… – shanodin Apr 17 '14 at 20:08
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    I don't see why this is too broad. We have loads of questions like 'what are all the x in y' (gaming.stackexchange.com/search?q=what+are+all+the) and I don't see what the difference of this one is. – shanodin Apr 20 '14 at 17:32
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  • Halloween - on October 31st, some mobs will have pumpkins on their heads, and may drop a pumpkin if killed.

  • Christmas - between 24th - 26th December, chests are reskinned to look like presents

    Christmas Chests

  • Mobs - naming a sheep or a sheep spawn egg 'jeb_' will result in rainbow sheep (a sheep which cycles through the colours)

    jeb_ sheep

  • Mobs - naming any mob/mob spawn egg 'Dinnerbone' or 'Grumm' will make it render upside-down

    Dinnerbone cowGrumm cow

  • April Fools - Mojang often have special jokes for 1st April, e.g Minecraft 2.0 from Apr 2013

  • Text for the updates/bugfix lists often includes 'Removed Herobrine' as a reference to an urban legend about the game

    Removed Herobrine

  • If you ever kill Notch himself, he drops an apple

  • Crash logs occassionally include tongue-in-cheek statements such as 'Don't do that again' Crash text

  • On the game's main menu, there is a 0.01% chance that it will say Minceraft instead of Minecraft

  • If the file with the list of splash text lines (the yellow text on the main menu) is deleted, it will display as 'missingno' which is a reference to the infamous glitch in the early Pokémon games.

Sources - many, many hours of Minecraft (and this wiki page)

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    I wonder how many people have gotten Minceraft but never noticed it? – Shadow Z. Dec 27 '13 at 17:38
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    'If you ever kill Notch himself, he drops an apple' When and how would this ever happen? – Zibbobz Mar 20 '14 at 14:39
  • @zibbobz Notch occasionally participates in charity events such as the Mindcrack Livestream. Dinnerbone has been in a few of their Ultra Hardcore series' too. – shanodin Mar 20 '14 at 14:47
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    @Zibbobz If Notch (using his eponymous Minecraft account) joins a Minecraft server that you're on. – Theodore Murdock Mar 20 '14 at 14:48
  • killing notch doesn't drop an apple anymore. I've watched him die in a video before, no apple. – ydobonebi Jul 28 '15 at 6:08
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Also Deadmau5 has his trademark ears in game. They are visible to everyone and in the vinilla client. enter image description here

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In addition to the previous answer...

The text used in the enchantment table is actually from Doom/Commander Keen and is known as the Galactic Alphabet. You actually can transliterate the text to English (there are many more Easter eggs in that alone)*

The texture for zombie pigmen, in the actual texture file, contains a call out to the original artist.

Making your first cake gets you the achievement "The Cake is a Lie" and popular meme in reference to Portal by Valve.

Getting an achievement displays "Achievement Get" which is a reference to Super Mario Sunshine for the Nintendo GameCube.

While fishing you will occasionally pull up leather boots, which is a reference to Zelda game.

*After they changed the enchantment system to include tool-tips, I do not know if the text is still translatable.

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  • "Achievement Get" is a reference to Super Mario Sunshine for the Nintendo GameCube. In that game, "Shine Get!" is shown when the player collects a shine sprite. See the minecraft wiki for more references. – Nick B. Jul 27 '15 at 5:06
  • @NickB. Thank you, I blanked when I was listing these and I just couldn't remember that one. – ydobonebi Jul 27 '15 at 5:15
  • @Texenox I thought that sounded funny in my head when I wrote it. thank you. – ydobonebi Jul 27 '15 at 21:01
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Name an animal Dinnerbone an it will turn upside down

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As mentioned in the question, every year on Christmas, the textures of single and double chests will change to look like wrapped Christmas presents:

Single and double chests looking like Christmas presents

Image by @gnovice (source)

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As mentioned in the question, if you use a nametag to rename a sheep to jeb_ (the underscore is required) the sheep will constantly shift hue (also known as "rainbow sheep" or "disco sheep").

The result (and small tutorial) is shown in the following video:

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Also, when you go into the languages, you have there three joke ones: Pirate Speak, Lolcat, and ɥsᴉlƃuƎ (ʞ∩).

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When you do name a sheep jeb_ when you sheer it the wool will be the color of the original sheep

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