How the internet was started

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    In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com
    did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy.

    And Dot Com was a comely woman, Large of breast, broad of shoulder
    and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

    And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far
    from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever
    leaving thy tent?"

    And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags
    short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"

    And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in
    between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will
    reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on
    the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

    Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with
    the drums.

    And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all
    the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

    To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were
    saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It
    was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed
    a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

    And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy
    horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical
    Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

    And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the
    deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were
    going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who
    bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on
    drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads
    and drumsticks.

    And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken
    over by others."

    And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known.

    He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."

    And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."

    "YAHOO," said Abraham.

    And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

    Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic
    Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to
    locate things around the countryside.

    It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating
    Everything (GOOGLE).

    That is how it all began.

    And that's the truth.
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