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Unfortunate URLs
I posted an entry a week or so ago about unfortunate last names. On a related subject, here are some unfortunate URLs. First we have cummingfirst.com. It's the website of the Cumming First United Methodist Church located in Cumming, Georgia (via The Presurfer). It's definitely a real church and not a joke. Next we have IPWine.com, home on the web of the Ingleside Vineyards in Virginia. I actually visited the Ingleside Vineyards (it's a nice place), and when they told me their website url I had to ask them if they were joking. Incredibly, it didn't seem to have occurred to them what their url spelled out. Along the same lines is IPAnywhere (also not a joke). And WhorePresents.com. The classic joke url is PowergenItalia.com (or Power Genitalia), which has nothing to do with the real company called Powergen.
Categories: Technology
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 02, 2004
Comments (13)
More examples:
http://www.snopes.com/business/names/powergen.asp
Posted by Goo  in  Dexter, Maine  on  Wed Jun 02, 2004  at  05:13 AM
it's WhoRepresents not WhorePresents...althought the distinction is not always evident.
Posted by Jacko  on  Wed Jun 02, 2004  at  05:49 PM
i don't get what "ipwine.com" actually stands for... could anyone explain for me please??
Posted by Q from Japan  in  Osaka, Japan  on  Thu Jun 03, 2004  at  12:30 AM
Q, I think the IP in 'ipwine' is supposed to stand for 'internet protocol.' Though it doesn't make a whole lot of sense in that context.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Thu Jun 03, 2004  at  01:49 AM
Dear Q from Japan

RE: "ipwine" - in English there is a informal word "pee" which means "urine" or "to urinate".

A visit to the lavatory would be referred to as "I'm going to have a pee".

It's a more polite form of "piss".

So"ipwine" is effectively "I pee wine"

Peter
Posted by Peter  in  London  on  Thu Jun 03, 2004  at  10:25 AM
I think we all know what they really mean, Jacko, but it's funny nonetheless.
Posted by Britt  on  Fri Jun 04, 2004  at  01:50 AM
http://www.PenIsland.com
Posted by Katey  in  MA  on  Sat Jun 05, 2004  at  01:33 AM
I can't get penisland.com to pull up anything. But http://www.penisland.net works (your source for the best pens!).


Kind of along similar lines (but deliberate) is http://www.nice-tits.org ... home of the Royal tit-watching (ornithological) society of Britain.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Sat Jun 05, 2004  at  03:15 AM
heh, Pen Island.co.uk is rad.
Posted by Adam  on  Thu Jul 01, 2004  at  02:15 PM
LOL- http://www.mofo.com
Posted by Gloomy Bear  in  Australia  on  Fri Jul 09, 2004  at  08:06 AM
Don't forget the classic http://www.rightsexchange.com

the origonal page can be found here:
http://web.archive.org/web/19990422213916/http://www.rightsexchange.com/
Posted by Drunk Stepdad  on  Thu Jul 22, 2004  at  06:30 AM
http://www.hugecocks.com

Some farmer wanted to show off his prize male chickens.
Posted by Karim The Muslim Terrorist  in  London  on  Thu Dec 16, 2004  at  06:47 PM
That muslim terrorist guy is a liar. Don't click his link. It's porn.
Posted by Briana  in  Minnesota  on  Tue Jun 21, 2005  at  03:38 PM
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