I really think it’s a shame that clever 404 pages aren’t as common as they used to be. In fact, some of you whippersnappers might not even have been around the internet long enough to know what a 404 page is.
For those of you who think I’m speaking gibberish, allow me to explain. Whenever something goes wrong in terms of loading web content, an error code is returned. The most common of these is the 404, which means that while your device can communicate with the server, the server can’t find the content you’re requesting. Usually this happens because you’re following a dead link or typed in the address of a non-existent webpage.
Sometimes, people get creative and put in their own 404 pages up. Take this one for cloud computing services company CloudSigma:
— Vanya @ CloudSigma (@VanyaNikova) December 16, 2015
Cats as web developers: never not funny.
Obviously, pages like these are a good way to show off your brand’s sense of humor. And, as you may well know, President Donald Trump’s sense of humor involves a bit of ribbing — particularly when it comes to his political adversaries.
And who does he love ribbing the most? Well, you can find out for yourself if you type in a random, nonexistent address on his campaign website:
— Virginia Political Memes (@VApoliticalmeme) February 20, 2019
Yes, you’re looking for something that doesn’t exist: a second President Clinton.
Barring a late entry into the 2020 race — and given the relative frequency with which I get news alerts on my iPhone that start with the name of a prominent Democrat and end with “… into an already crowded field,” that’s no impossibility — you’re never going to see President Hillary.
That’s one thing the media will never quite believe. The best example of this, arguably, is the infamous “Madam President” special issue of Newsweek that gets trotted out every so often by true believers. According to the New York Post, 125,000 of the special issue, put together by a licensee, had to be recalled.
From the Editors: 2 special edition covers for 2016 election outcomes were produced by a Newsweek licensee, Topix Media, and not by Newsweek pic.twitter.com/MwC4RytGbC
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 7, 2016
Only 17 were allegedly sold, but “Madam President: Hillary Clinton’s historic journey to the White House” contains some wonderful passages.
According to the U.K. Guardian, the issue said the 2016 election “was unique in a number of ways” because Clinton was up against “the kind of demagogue previously unknown in American politics.”
“President-elect Hillary Clinton ‘went high’ when her opponent and his supporters went ever lower,” it said, but “on election day, Americans across the country roundly rejected the kind of fear and hate-based conservatism peddled by Donald Trump… The highest glass ceiling in the western world had finally shattered.”
That’s almost as funny as the 404 page. Almost.
Then again, Trump’s troll level is high. He was recently seen commenting on the unfortunate choice the weather made when Amy Klobuchar announced she was running for president:
“The people are on our side when it comes to climate change.”
— The Hill (@thehill) February 10, 2019
Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
As you can see, he surrounds himself with the same people on his website team. Hilarity definitely ensued.
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