Random musings from the front line (well, more like the support trench, or perhaps the castle 10 miles away, supping Chateau Lafite with the General Staff) in the battle for curiosity, inertia, grammar and a Dachshund called Colin.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Preternatural Portmanteaux in Penisland

A friend recently surmised to me that people who take things a little too literally (and by definition have the lateral thinking abilities of a dead squirrel) tend to also be interested in IT. Now this may be a huge generalisation, not to say a slur on the hard working technical types out there, but if you look at the "wacky" ties, unamusing bumper stickers and unfathomable bulletin board discussions displayed by our computer-literate gurus, you rarely see subtle irony or amusing wordplay, so he may just have a point.

A further justification for this theory is the plethora of inadvertent double entendres displayed in web addresses, especially those made up of two words that have been combined into a domain name portmanteau, with no regard to the fine art of proof reading. My favourite example of this law of unintended consequences is the (no doubt very prestigious) online store for fine pens and writing implements, Pen Island. Why not visit their website ... http://www.penisland.net?

I think I actually know where Penisland is on the map, thanks to the Finbarr Saunders who clearly works at the European Central Bank's numismatic department:

Other examples of this phenomenon you could investigate include the incredibly worthy "Who Represents?", an online database for agencies to the rich and famous: http://www.whorepresents.com.

Why not visit Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views? Just type in http://www.expertsexchange.com and watch your IT administrator's filtering software light up!

After being sacked for abuse of your company's IT system, you'll probably need a therapist. Try: http://www.therapistfinder.com.

Bored of Neverland? Then why not travel down under and enrol your children at the Mole Station Native Nursery, in New South Wales: http://www.molestationnursery.com.

But my favourite is something which fans of Robot Wars all wanted to type into Google, but never quite got round to. Picture the scene. You're an international electricity generating company. You have a subsidiary in Italy. What you need to do is register a suitable domain name. Yes, that's right - it's http://www.powergenitalia.com! Genius.

16 Rants & Replies:

Blogger Aginoth said...

Ummmmm.....Merkin? Have you forgotten to take the tablets again?

8:15 pm, November 07, 2005

Blogger Merkin said...

You know what, Aginoth old bean, probably. But I had such an alcoholic weekend and an almost casualty-tastic firework accident that immature double entendres seemed somehow light relief on my weekly Sunday postings!

8:46 pm, November 07, 2005

Blogger garfer said...

Phnarrr, phnarrr.

9:08 pm, November 07, 2005

Blogger Wyndham said...

They're funny, but not as amusing as the website I logged onto the other day fuckmebigboy.com. Heh.



9:19 pm, November 07, 2005

Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Truly Hilarious! LOL LOL LOL!
Saw your comment on Mr. A's blog and thought I'd see what you were up to...Glad I stopped by!

5:44 am, November 08, 2005

Blogger WordWhiz said...


12:39 pm, November 08, 2005

Blogger Merkin said...

Wyndham - have a lie down and try an find other websites to view - that one appears to be fake (promising front page though!).

Oldoldlady - why thank you. We aim to please! Even if by "pleasing" I mean immature toilet humour...

WW - Ummmm. Extreme reaction, Whizzer! If you'll excuse the question - have you had a bad experience in Pen island? Is that why?!

5:15 pm, November 08, 2005

Blogger Jack said...

Powergen have an Itallian arm who's website is www.powergenitalia.it

5:58 pm, November 08, 2005

Blogger Merkin said...

Thanks Jack. I think you missed the point of my post (especially as their staff-only accessible website is the one I mentioned above) but I shall file the information away. ta ta!

6:43 pm, November 08, 2005

Blogger Aginoth said...

Wyndham why did you log in to fuckmebigboy.com?

Not a link I'm even thinking of following

1:04 pm, November 09, 2005

Blogger Wyndham said...

Aginoth, it was a jo -

Oh, never mind.

4:30 pm, November 09, 2005

Blogger Aginoth said...

;o) I know...he he he

10:34 am, November 10, 2005

Blogger patroclus said...

Merkin, get off your bloody boat and post more stuff. The blogosphere needs you!

7:48 pm, November 15, 2005

Blogger WordWhiz said...

I thought all the literal thinkers became engineers!

And the "WOW" was because I can't believe there's a big penis on the Euro!!

5:11 am, November 22, 2005

Blogger Aginoth said...

Hey Merkin where have you disappeared to recently?

1:49 pm, November 22, 2005

Blogger Merkin said...

I'm back! See above...

11:45 pm, November 22, 2005


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