505 Unbelievably Stupid Web Pages

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505 Unbelievably Stupid Web Pages
2nd Ed.
Crowley
2007

Submitter: 2007 doesn’t seem like that long ago to me, but it is internet light years! I find it hilarious that books were published ABOUT websites, forcing you to look through the book, then type in the (often long) address if you wanted to see the site.

I think this book is generally terrible*** and is a terrible book for a college library! I pulled this book off the shelf yesterday.

*** Some of the sites are stupid, but others are just being mocked because the author doesn’t seem to understand their usefulness or that others might be interested. In the commentary about the camel website, the author can’t seem to comprehend different cultures/locations–the shocked tone about camel racing, as if it is so different from horse racing! The women in packaging site is given a stupidity level of 8, but it was a resource for women trying to enter a (presumably male-dominated) field. Why is that stupid?

Holly: These books have such a limited shelf life. This is an odd choice for a college library, for sure! And what does the PeepĀ® bunny on the cover have to do with anything?? PeepsĀ® are awesome, not stupid!

 

Das Keyboard, Cheddar Vision

Wacky Zoo, Allcamels.com

Handcuffs.org, milksucks.com

Sock Muffin the Elf, Women in Packaging

13 comments

  1. At first I couldn’t understand why a humor book would go out of date so quickly. After all, a stupid website from 2007 would still be stupid in 2014.

    Then I saw the page images and realized there are no pictures of the web sites. Never mind the age, what kind of humor book expects you to sit with a book in one hand, and type URLs with the other, to fully get the joke. This was a bad idea in 2007.

    I’ll bet some of those websites were already inactive by the time the book even went to press.

  2. You shut your mouth, Dan Crowley. The Megapenny Project is a genuinely useful website. We’re living in a world where we have to think about numbers like billion and trillion just to vote in an informed manner, and the human brain is completely terrible at scaling up that far. Giant cubes of pennies are a tangible way to hack your brain into internalizing the sheer scope of the numbers involved.

    Also, this book is probably even more outdated than it seems, as it appears to share quite a bit of content with the first edition published in 2003. The index at Amazon certainly has a lot of sites I remember wasting time on between 1998 and 2002.

  3. I note that the one website has a GeoCities address. GeoCities was shut down by Yahoo some time ago. This seems to be more like a rant by someone who thinks that anything out of the ordinary for him is “stupid”.

  4. Of the sixteen sites on the selected pages, I’d say that no more than six were genuinely stupid (depending on how you judge dumb humour, bad/weird marketing, or bizarre polemic). That’s less than a 50% hit rate. Pretty sad.

  5. I would guess the Peep relates to this site, which has been around long enough . . . and is goofy, not stupid. A less interesting possibility is, of course, the author finding it ridiculous that there was an official Peeps homepage. After all, why would a company devote an entire webpage to their most popular product?

    At any rate, a book having fun with the weird, little-known corners of Internet life might be worth writing. But I’ll agree that a book in this format seems pretty useless. There are/were sites that would list weird/useless sites to visit, with a short description and a link you could just click on. That’s a much more natural way to do what the author did.

  6. Das Keyboard is an awesome product and is STILL going strong. Mechanical keyboards forever! Shame on this author!

  7. What a dreadful book! It comes across as being the content of an unbelievably stupid web page itself. The tone is of a petulant, rude teenager mocking the uncool kids. It’s not even wittily done. (And as a feminist who loves history, I do think old washing machines are interesting. They saved women from so much drudgery.)

  8. Gotta agree with the OP about web directory books. There was a time in the mid- to late 90s when web infrastructure was less well developed than it is now and directories had some utility, but nowadays there is just no reason for them to exist. And the lack of pictures is the nail in the coffin.

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