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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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?