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Error 404: Page Not Found. Just kidding.

There's no reason why an irritating page problem can't also be amusing.
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By Charlie Osborne, Contributor on
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Notfound.org

Notfound.org is a way for webmasters to make better use of their 404 error pages. Instead of displaying a standard message, the Notfound project wants you to install their program so a missing child's picture and details are automatically shown.

Currently, over 2000 websites have signed up.

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bluedaniel.com

A beautifully designed 404 page, bluedaniel.com gives its users an animated page of a train leaving track 404. Complete with sound and impressive graphics, this example shows what designers can do when they put their minds to it.

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Zug.com

Zug.com has attempted to inject some humor into the annoying process of encountering a 404 by reminding their users just how many things go missing or AWOL in their daily lives; whether it be the sock that went into the washing machine and never came out, or the ever-elusive pen.

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Kevin Michael Smith

Photographer Kevin Michael Smith gives his users a a 404 page that more closely resembles a frequently asked questions board, offering tips and advice on how next to proceed through a rather cool flow chart — as well as offering users the chance to head back and read a few of his articles.

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DDZ.net

A fun take on the traditional 404 page, DDZ — otherwise known as gaming network Death DealerZ — have constructed an error page complete with as many street examples of "404" signs as possible. 

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Bringing religion into the equation?

Perhaps there is a divine reason you cannot find that particular page.

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Overlawyered.com

Overlawyered.com, a blog that documents the state of contemporary policy and legal issues, uses its 404 page to touch upon an issue so often found across the net: copyright infringement that requires content to be removed and taken down. 

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Mspaintadventures

Found on Tumblr, this odd 404 page for mspaintadventures.com is certainly one of the most entertaining of the bunch. The 404 page hosts an animated cartoon complete with voice-overs and an amusing advertisement for the group's cartoons and merchandise. 

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scythe.com

Found on the appropriately named scythe.com, the webmaster lets you know that yes, it is all a conspiracy, people are out to get you, and the grim reaper will soon be paying a visit. 

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If all else fails..

If all else fails on the server, just blame the user. 

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JibJab.com

Ecard website JibJab has attempted to use their 404 page as a way to reflect the humorous nature of their website, but frankly, it could be described as more creepy and less funny. 

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The blue screen of death

There's certainly no reason why a 404 page has to be boring, so why not give your users a heart-stopping moment if they happen to be fans of Microsoft's Windows operating system?

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huwshimi.com

The guys at Huwshimi and Friends have their own well-illustrated, eye-catching design -- that of a ninja stealing the page you're after. 

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