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4 Web Domains That Were Bought Before the Owner Could Take Action

Joshua Lockhart 10-07-2012

stolen domainsDomain names – they’re the real estate Make Web Design More Efficient With Mudcu.be Free Online Tools If you've ever tried your hand at web design and you aren't really an artistic type of person, then you know that the actual non-programming "design" part of the equation can get a little challenging.... Read More of the Internet. Without them, we’d have nowhere to go, and our lives would be spent staring at an empty computer screen (or maybe filled with time spent outside and connecting with real, live, actual people). However, they work a little bit like rental How To Find a Great Roommate Having a roommate is a great way to save money, not just on the rent, but also on other bills. Apart from helping your finances, sharing your home with a friendly and caring person has... Read More homes and apartments, don’t they? You can never “own” a domain. Eventually, they expire. Sometimes, they just aren’t available.


How would you feel if you couldn’t buy the house you wanted simply because someone else owned it, but they weren’t using it? How would you feel if you forgot to pay rent, and someone moved into your apartment with no questions asked? Yeah, I’m sure it would feel pretty bad. However, these types of things happen daily on the Internet, and today, we have some of the more humorous 5 Of The Funniest & Best Written Epic Rap Battles Of History [Best Of YouTube] Every once in a while, somebody on YouTube manages to come up with an amazing idea that just seems so simple in hindsight. It’s even better when the people behind that idea are talented and... Read More occurrences available for you to read about.

Baseball Fan Pranks Red Sox With Own Domain

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Although I’m not a big baseball fan myself, I come from a baseball family. With that said, I know how intense baseball fans can get, and based on my family’s team affiliation, that goes double for Red Sox fans. Now, as some of our American readers may know (not to leave anyone out), there is an intense rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. However, when a Chicago Cubs fan recently jumped into the mix, things got a little out of hand.

Let’s go back A Brief History Of Mobile Phones Mobile phones have changed the way we live our lives and to many, the prospect of a world without voice calling, text messaging and mobile Internet access is an unsettling one. As we all know,... Read More a little. Not too long ago, the Red Sox recently built a spring training complex in the Southeastern United States. What was the name of the place? Jet Blue Park. After hearing about the park, Cubs fan Eric Engelman jokingly purchased the domain name JetBluePark.com in an effort to cause all kinds of riff-raff. What made it worse was this – he set the domain to redirect to the New York Yankees website.

To this day, the domain is still in the hands of Engelman, and as a matter of fact, you can check it out right now.


Note: Technically, the Red Sox franchise was not yet the owner of JetBluePark.com, but you get the picture.


Ticketed Speeder Informs Public Of Local Law

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In Bluff City, Tennessee, a gentleman by the name of Brian McCrary was caught speeding by one of local law enforcement’s anti-speed cameras. However, he actually had a valid case to back up his reason for speeding. Fact: McCrary was going 56 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. However, the road he was traveling on was originally a 55, and for no explicable reason, it changed to a 45 (which he didn’t notice). McCrary later explained that other locals believed that it was simply a speed What Is The Fastest Computer Hard Drive Solution? [Geeks Weigh In] A computer’s performance can be significantly impacted by the speed of its storage. So what is the fastest consumer hard drive solution both in practical and absolute terms? Solid state drives are likely the way... Read More trap.


After going to the Bluff City Police Department’s website in search for some answers, he noticed that there was a notification on the site from GoDaddy stating the site would be expiring in about 40 days. McCrary, already having experience in computer network design, decided to wait things out and see if the site would be renewed. As you may guess, it wasn’t. In a swift act of vengeance (let’s be honest as to what it was), McCrary bought the domain. Furthermore, the alleged speeder decided to put the site to good use and slather it with educational material concerning the Bluff City PD.


BF3 Gamer Expresses Disdain For MW3

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Remember how Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 came out at roughly the same time? Oh, and remember how there is this whole rivalry as to which game is better? (Personal choice? MW3, but that’s only because I don’t have the time to get into BF3. To the real gamers out there: I’m sorry.) Well, when the MW3 domain was purchased and covered in Battlefield propaganda North Korea Demystified: A Selection of Online Resources to Learn About This Secretive Country The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea as it is more commonly known, is regarded by many as the world's most isolated country. It is a fascinating country as we know so... Read More , things got a little hairy.


According to a few Whois Records, Anthony Abraham of Florida was the purchaser of the domain name ModernWarefare3.com. He set the site up as a parody of the Modern Warfare series, offering fake customer reviews and jabs at the Activision series. Naturally, Activision took legal action 4 Websites for Free Contracts and Other Legal Documents I'm not a lawyer, nor do I want to be a lawyer. Nothing against lawyers, of course. It's just that it's all a little over my head. However, as we all know, hiring an attorney... Read More (and spent $2,600 on a panel to figure out the mess), and as of now, the site remains in their possession.


Employee Spruces Up His Boss’ Homepage

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We pretty much love Reddit Reddit Photo Clock for iPad: The Greatest Productivity Killer Ever Reddit Photo Clock is a typical photo-frame clock app for the most part; but it pulls images from Reddit for your delectation, and that makes it 9000 times more awesome than any other photo clock... Read More on MakeUseOf (some of us more than others), and as you know, the site welcomes most pranks as long as they are unique. This includes user Chris Erwin’s hilarious skylarking when he bought his boss’ domain JonLax.com. Erwin purchased the domain name back in June and decorated it with moving images of Lax’s face paired with a soundtrack that sounds strikingly similar to a smooth jazz version of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (I may be wrong about that, by the way).


What makes this even better is that the domain name is motion-activated for mobile devices. The site is still up, so you can take a look for yourself. Oh, and as for Lax’s response to the whole ordeal? Well, he left this tweet.



As a reminder to all of you, it’s a good idea to always remember to renew your domains. Trust me, it would be a sad day if you lost them to auction or even worse, to someone who doesn’t particularly care for you.

What other domain horror stories do you know about? Has anyone ever bought your domain?

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  1. Anonymous
    December 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    thanks joshua that explains mr snyders article i just read. i totally get it referencing it as real estate and some funny examples of purchased domain
    thanks so much....christine

  2. Doc
    July 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    "Lax’s face paired with a soundtrack that sounds strikingly similar to a smooth jazz version of Lady Gaga’s 'Born This Way' (I may be wrong about that, by the way)."

    Utterly wrong. It's a poor MIDI version of TLC's "Waterfalls."

  3. Fabio
    July 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    You can try but no one beats the Brazilian Billion dollar gross revenue company AMERICANAS.COM. The E-COMMERCE company failed to renew the domain name in december of 2009. As predicted Murphy "- Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way." and AMERICANAS.COM remained down from 12/20/2009 until 12/27/2009, read Christmas week or the best selling week of the year.
    As We Brazilians like to say "is very hard to be a comedian in Brazil because reality itself is a ready made joke"

  4. Ben
    July 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Just like in the offline world, there is notoriety aplenty on the Internet!

  5. SameerB
    July 10, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Another example is from India, where the domain of a major political party named BJP (www.bjp.com) was purchased by the opponent party, Congress and it redirected to the opposition party's website (congress.com) ...Don't know if the site still redirects, but major lawsuits and furor was created as a result of it!

  6. K
    July 10, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Pretty sure the song on the jonlax.com is "Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls" by TLC


    • Maurice Rogers
      July 10, 2012 at 4:39 am

      Thats Right.

    • Doc
      July 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      The song title is just "Waterfalls." (I own the CD.)