Happy 404 day!
What, you didn’t know today was a holiday? Whether you write dates in mm/dd or dd/mm order, as long as you’re on the Gregorian calendar today’s date is 4/04 — and any savvy consumer of HTTP knows that 404 means “page not found”, a status code encountered far too often in the ever shifting sea of links that we call the Web.
To help celebrate the occasion, take a look at the 404 Research Lab, a site dedicated to everything that is 404. It includes a history of 404, steps to dealing with a 404, and even a philosophical discussion of the significance of 404.
Best of all, check out Area 404, which contains links to a variety of creative 404 pages. Some of my favorites include parodies of Shakespeare and Poe’s The Raven, a somewhat dated but still funny WMD not found page, a Limerickal Ode to the Duke of URL (ouch), “Oh, the humanity!“, and the paranoid server that just won’t stop making excuses.