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Best. Traceroute. Evar.

A fellow geek and all-around great guy discovered this gem.

Fire up a terminal prompt on your favorite computer and traceroute to the following IP address: 216.81.59.173.

After the first few normal hops, you’ll see it take a little time, and then, you will see the most epic easter egg I have seen on the Internet in a LONG time.

This is what you see:

11 * * *
 12 episode.iv (206.214.251.1) 163.855 ms 162.515 ms 163.556 ms
 13 a.new.hope (206.214.251.6) 162.785 ms 164.767 ms 163.456 ms
 14 it.is.a.period.of.civil.war (206.214.251.9) 163.079 ms 163.538 ms 164.762 ms
 15 rebel.spaceships (206.214.251.14) 163.056 ms 163.497 ms 163.824 ms
 16 striking.from.a.hidden.base (206.214.251.17) 109.634 ms 101.195 ms 100.579 ms
 17 have.won.their.first.victory (206.214.251.22) 107.898 ms 99.998 ms 97.648 ms
 18 against.the.evil.galactic.empire (206.214.251.25) 105.923 ms 106.305 ms 99.560 ms
 19 during.the.battle (206.214.251.30) 226.582 ms 99.474 ms 98.305 ms
 20 rebel.spies.managed (206.214.251.33) 105.324 ms 97.562 ms 98.968 ms
 21 to.steal.secret.plans (206.214.251.38) 111.115 ms 101.837 ms 97.338 ms
 22 to.the.empires.ultimate.weapon (206.214.251.41) 99.390 ms 99.444 ms 107.483 ms
 23 the.death.star (206.214.251.46) 100.846 ms 100.421 ms 99.537 ms
 24 an.armored.space.station (206.214.251.49) 99.718 ms 100.925 ms 101.240 ms
 25 with.enough.power.to (206.214.251.54) 106.416 ms 116.190 ms 99.348 ms
 26 destroy.an.entire.planet (206.214.251.57) 101.311 ms 103.144 ms 98.135 ms
 27 pursued.by.the.empires (206.214.251.62) 109.455 ms 100.230 ms 106.398 ms
 28 sinister.agents (206.214.251.65) 97.527 ms 100.490 ms 98.443 ms
 29 princess.leia.races.home (206.214.251.70) 99.204 ms 97.760 ms 109.356 ms
 30 aboard.her.starship (206.214.251.73) 106.184 ms 100.343 ms 103.861 ms
 31 custodian.of.the.stolen.plans (206.214.251.78) 104.718 ms 100.520 ms 104.528 ms
 32 that.can.save.her (206.214.251.81) 107.713 ms 104.957 ms 99.932 ms
 33 people.and.restore (206.214.251.86) 103.007 ms 104.276 ms 108.749 ms
 34 freedom.to.the.galaxy (206.214.251.89) 98.209 ms 108.395 ms 103.056 ms
 35 0-------------------0 (206.214.251.94) 100.529 ms 99.695 ms 103.146 ms
 36 0------------------0 (206.214.251.97) 98.553 ms 108.801 ms 98.158 ms
 37 0-----------------0 (206.214.251.102) 103.697 ms 106.711 ms 113.322 ms
 38 0----------------0 (206.214.251.105) 114.504 ms 96.376 ms 99.089 ms
 39 0---------------0 (206.214.251.110) 115.173 ms 100.200 ms 99.690 ms
 40 0--------------0 (206.214.251.113) 99.400 ms 107.007 ms 98.335 ms
 41 0-------------0 (206.214.251.118) 100.232 ms 117.278 ms 101.096 ms
 42 0------------0 (206.214.251.121) 108.643 ms 108.384 ms 105.258 ms
 43 0-----------0 (206.214.251.126) 98.313 ms 104.018 ms 105.599 ms
 44 0----------0 (206.214.251.129) 177.230 ms 102.432 ms 102.667 ms
 45 0---------0 (206.214.251.134) 110.790 ms 112.795 ms 99.046 ms
 46 0--------0 (206.214.251.137) 102.031 ms 111.060 ms 104.378 ms
 47 0-------0 (206.214.251.142) 101.413 ms 100.591 ms 108.599 ms
 48 0------0 (206.214.251.145) 128.538 ms 100.420 ms 101.734 ms
 49 0-----0 (206.214.251.150) 110.685 ms 101.889 ms 98.392 ms
 50 0----0 (206.214.251.153) 106.131 ms 112.555 ms 105.973 ms
 51 0---0 (206.214.251.158) 98.639 ms 102.314 ms 104.525 ms
 52 0--0 (206.214.251.161) 122.400 ms 109.227 ms 102.091 ms
 53 0-0 (206.214.251.166) 116.169 ms 109.149 ms 102.824 ms
 54 00 (206.214.251.169) 101.752 ms 103.395 ms 105.859 ms
 55 i (206.214.251.174) 270.011 ms 103.373 ms 99.744 ms
 56 by.ryan.werber (206.214.251.177) 103.878 ms 113.573 ms 114.218 ms
 57 when.ccies.get.bored (206.214.251.182) 104.675 ms 99.238 ms 107.671 ms
 58 ccie.38168 (206.214.251.185) 105.615 ms 103.693 ms 103.966 ms
 59 * fin (206.214.251.190) 107.003 ms *

Epic, no?