How a years-long domain name feud ended in a bloody shootout
When Ethan Deyo’s small, sandy-haired dog cocked his head and perked up his ears, Deyo knew something was wrong. Deyo stepped out of the second-floor office of his Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home and peered down the stairs. That’s when he saw a man with a gun standing in his foyer, and he began to understand the peril he was in.
“Come here, motherfucker!” Deyo remembered the man screaming, pointing a gun at him. The gunman wore a baseball cap, had pantyhose pulled over his face, and sunglasses covered his eyes.
When I saw a speculative article about Google wanting to “kill” URLs appear in my news feed, I didn’t think too much about it. Trying to hide “ugly” URLs… well, that feels like a natural thing for an app to try and do. Designers of apps often (erroneously) assume that users cannot cope with “technical” things like URLs and try to hide them away, lest the user start bleeding from their eyes.
I present to you a URL oddity of no significant value. Impress and amaze your friends.
And it happened pretty much because of a typo.
Ok, here is a URL for one of my recent photos (I kind of like it) (shameless self promotion):
It’s a normal, current flickr page:
Now… add an extraneous extra slash at the end of the same URL:
Woah, it’s the previous flickr design layout!
Note: Logic might assume I could keep slashing back in time to the original white small square design, but alas no.
What use is this? Dunno.
But it is curious. And quirky.
That’s my kind of internet.