Amusing domain names don't even need a website

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Doctor Q, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Sometimes it does't matter whether there's anything on a website, because it's funny enough that somebody bothered to pay to register the domain name, or to host a single page just for a gag.

    Here are three I like for their domain names:
    (caution: page has link to a rather crude site)

    And of course was selected so it could be pronounced "http colon slash slash slash dot dot org".
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I liked the name of edesignuk's — now extinct.
  3. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
  4. paleck macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2005
    with the Tequila!
    I registered, but haven't gotten around to doing anything on it yet. A friend of mine had, but she let it lapse last year.
  5. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Perhaps not quite what we're talking about, someone sent these to me in an email but I found them amusing...

    Firstly there is "Who Represents" a database for agencies to the rich and famous:

    Second is the "Experts Exchange", a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views:

    Looking for a pen? Look no further than "Pen Island":

    Need a therapist? Try "Therapist Finder"

    And last but not least, we have the "Mole Station Native Nursery", based in New South Wales :

    All real domain names. :D
  6. iPhil macrumors 68040


    Dr Q: heres some numbers to chew on :D :D

    an excerpt:

    Mr. Forbes checked the U.S. Census Bureau's 1,219 most-common male names, the 2,841 most-common female names and the 10,000 most-common surnames; all were booked. Not only that, but when you link the top 300 first names with the top 300 last names, 89% of the resulting combinations are taken for male names and 84% for female ones.

    Beyond single-letter words like "a," it's hard to say what is the most common word in all the URLs. It's the same for all short words that tend to be portions of other words. The most common word four letters or longer, though, is "home"; 719,000 domains have some sort of home in them. Given the economics of the Web, chances are that many of those involve refinancing: 114,700 URLs mention "mortgage," which is more than discuss "science," "nature" or "children."

    Because you might be curious, "sex" appears in 257,000 domains. It may be tied to one of the most popular uses of the Web, but the word itself is only the 89th most-popular in dot-com domains. Incidentally, what is perhaps the naughtiest English word -- the one with four letters -- appears nearly 38,000 times.

    So smutty is so much of the Web, that often the best way to figure out what a certain word might be doing in a domain is to think of the most indecent activity you could possibly imagine associated with that word. The word "imagine," for instance, appears in 3,700 URLs, one of which asks us to imagine a certain actress without her clothes.

    Another useless factoid from Mr. Forbes: There are 550 dot-com domain names that use the maximum length of 63 characters; 26 of them merely repeat a letter 63 times.

    Incidentally, the Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch lays claim to the longest single-word domain name.
  7. skoker macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2005
    Oh brother:

  8. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Ouch, ouch, ouch.

    You'd think SOMEONE at some point would read the URL and think, "Hmm, WAIT a second..."

    Although I get the definite impression that "Pen Island" knows exactly what they're doing...
  9. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    the only reason I bought was to amuse myself. No real plans for it. Thinking about getting some stickers of the logo made also for kicks.
    Yeah I need a hobby
  10. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I still love

    If you listen to Adam Currys podcast, hes been running a contest something like this.
  11. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Haven't they heard that hyphens work? :eek: :D
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  13. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Hey! I'm on the front page!
  14. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Looks like you've been there for a while... ;)
  15. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  16. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Have you any idea how many people in the wild don't know what a hyphen is?

    My surname has a hyphen and so many times you say it and then spell it out at hire car desk/hotels/etc. and they all do the same thing.

    "Mr MPW Parry-Jones, P-a-r-r-y hyphen J-o-n-e-s"(it's not Parry-Jones btw)
    and you get checked in as Parry'Jones.

    Then the first line of my address has an apostrophy in it and is Hawiian, followed by a couple of lines of french and the receptionists head explodes. BOOM!

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