/>
X

All-time funniest 404 pages

Running into a Web 404 page is a lot like reaching into a bag of pop-corn and pulling out un-popped seeds: Upsetting and mildly annoying.
6369767.png
1 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Running into a Web 404 page is a lot like reaching into a bag of pop-corn and pulling out un-popped seeds: Upsetting and mildly annoying. There you are wanting to get the next tasty Web page, but instead you just get something stuck in your teeth. It doesn't have to be that way. 404, Web page not found, messages can be funny. Here are some of the best I've found in my 20+ years on the Web. Enjoy!

 What else would you expect from a group of Star Wars costumers and live action role players than a “This is the not the page you're looking for?” 404 error page. http://www.501st.com/404

6369792.jpg
2 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Dude! I know the feeling! Even if I'd never shop at Urban Outfitters. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/html/404.html

6369769.png
3 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Thanks to Orange Coat, a Web design company, for that retro flow-chart look that all too many of us older geeks know far too well. It makes me want to find my old plastic flow-chart template. http://www.orangecoat.com/404

6369793.jpg
4 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

It's not Web design firm's Hopper Magic's fault you can't find their Web site! It's those darn rabbits! http://www.hoppermagic.com/404

6369795.jpg
5 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Mark Dijkstra's personal Web site isn't up yet, but at least his pen and ink Web site's 404 page is up and amusing http://www.markdijkstra.eu/404/

6369772.png
6 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

You only think the Web is made up of pretty pictures and text. Lurking just under the surface is... cryptic code such as CSS and HTML Don't believe me? Just see what CSS-Tricks, a Web design community has up its sleeve! http://css-tricks.com/thispagedoesntexist

6369773.png
7 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Oh sure, BrandCrowd, a logo and marketing company, can say not to freak out at a 404 page, but I'll freak out if I want to! http://www.brandcrowd.com/404

6369774.png
8 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Sometimes a 404 page just makes you want to scream like you're stuck in a 1950's horror movie doesn't it? Well, according to Factor D, a graphics resources company anyway. Me? I wouldn't scream like this until the giant gila monster or two-ton ants were on Main Street. http://blog.factordstudio.com/404

6369775.png
9 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Not all 404 pages have to be static text or images. You can have, for example, techie artist Steve Lambert's self proclaimed most awkward 404 “movie” page on the Web. Which, I admit, is indeed incredibly awkward. http://visitsteve.com/404.html

6369776.png
10 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Then, of course, there's the famous—or is it infamous?--Nosh, a mobile app. for tracking down restaurants. And, ahem, sending out elite ex-special forces operatives to track down missing Web pages. http://www.nosh.com/404 Oh, but guys, the page you gunned down? It's not a code 500, it's a code 410: the requested resource is no longer available at the server and no forwarding address is known. This condition is expected to be considered permanent.

6369777.png
11 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Did you ever wonder what HAL, the computer from the movie 2001 might be doing in our world? Well, he might be bitching and moaning over at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ACM chapter's Web page. http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/sigops/roll_your_own/SIGOPS

6369794.jpg
12 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

David Barton's personal Web site takes a personal ad approach to his 404 page. http://www.limpfish.com/notfound.html

6369779.png
13 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Lilek, a pop-culture site for the 1950s and 60s, shows why you really can't trust dad to navigate the Internet anymore than you could trust him to navigate the interstates back in the day. http://www.lileks.com/dsfsd

6369780.png
14 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet
6369781.png
15 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

 You just knew that someone had to have put up a Yoda 404 page didn't you? This one comes from an Australian-based Wed designer and developer. http://www.adhamdannaway.com/meh

6369782.png
16 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

 Blizzard would like you to know that you, yes <i>you</i> are the one who broke the Web page. Besides, you can't level up your Diablo III or World of Warcraft character on their Web site anyway. http://sea.blizzard.com/404

6369783.png
17 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Sometimes you can find Bettie Page, <i>the</i> pin-up girl of the 1950s, but since you probably came to FrogThemes for WordPress templates, that probably wasn't your plan. http://www.frogsthemes.com/404 Bettie does look pretty darn still though doesn't she?

6369784.png
18 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

HootSuite, the social network company, reports that Owly, their trademark mascot is missing! Or, at least one of their pages is missing anyway! http://hootsuite.com/404

6369785.png
19 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

You probably wouldn't think of NPR when it comes to amusing 404 pages, but those public radio people are funner than you might first think. http://www.npr.org/fab404

6369786.png
20 of 20 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Last, but not least, there's this Flash animated 404 page from Blue Daniel. Enjoy! http://www.bluedaniel.com/dfdf

Related Galleries

Linux turns 30: The biggest events in its history so far
05-debian.jpg

Related Galleries

Linux turns 30: The biggest events in its history so far

31 Photos
Say hello to the early days of web browsers
netscape-shutterstock-189041855.jpg

Related Galleries

Say hello to the early days of web browsers

9 Photos
Parallels Toolbox 5.0 for Windows and Mac, in pictures
Mac Dashboard

Related Galleries

Parallels Toolbox 5.0 for Windows and Mac, in pictures

12 Photos
Parallels Toolbox 4.5 for PCs, M1 and Intel Macs
Parallels Toolbox

Related Galleries

Parallels Toolbox 4.5 for PCs, M1 and Intel Macs

39 Photos
Parallels Toolbox 4 for Windows and Mac
parallels-toolbox-show-desktop-macos-screenshot

Related Galleries

Parallels Toolbox 4 for Windows and Mac

10 Photos
How to perform a clean install of Windows 10: Here's a step-by-step checklist
00-before-you-start.jpg

Related Galleries

How to perform a clean install of Windows 10: Here's a step-by-step checklist

17 Photos
Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows
apps-for-linux-and-windows.jpg

Related Galleries

Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows

22 Photos