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While checking out some exercise options in inner London, as you do, we stumbled across a class devoted to resistance stretching, and whatever on God's green earth that is, its website URL suggests you'd be well advised to have a bucket handy. Welcome indeed to or "just", as our auto-correct insists on …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Perhaps it is a support group...

    ...for wannabe size zero models?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Perhaps it is a support group...

      ... well, yeah. That was kinda the whole point of the article.

  2. BasicChimpTheory


    1. Nicocys
      1. BasicChimpTheory

        So Friday is, and always has been, Middle English pun day?

        This shit is shit. Raise your standards.

        1. Fraggle850

          Re: raise your standards

          El Reg has raised its standard and the flag they're flying says 'IT with irreverent lulz' if you don't like the lulz bits just ignore them and stick to reading the dull stuff that'll get you a pat on the head from the boss at work. You do have a choice. If you've made the wrong one don't bitch about it.

          At least this one has an IT angle so thankfully we won't have the comnents filled up with those complaints.

          1. BasicChimpTheory

            Re: raise your standards

            "thankfully we won't have the comnents filled up with those complaints."

            Too late, surely?

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Oh BasicChimp, it's not Punday it's Friday.

          Middle English Pun Day does have a nice ring to it though.

          1. Fraggle850

            *sigh* these humourless Mary Whitehouse types

            Getting their righteous rants in, bemoaning the very idea that all the highbrow tech talk should be polluted by things that might tickle other folks' funny bones.


        3. Chris G Silver badge

          In Middle English

          It would be 'Punen Day'

          While you're out getting a life, make sure it's one that has a sense of (juvenile) humour included.

        4. Mark 85 Silver badge

          Bootnotes and Friday. Beer o'clock is coming. Get a grip.... it doesn't always have to be Apple/MS/5-eyes/Google/etc./ad infinitum/ad nauseam...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's sick yo.

  4. Alan J. Wylie

    But, funny though it was, was a spoof

    1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

      Re: But, funny though it was, was a spoof

      Actually, it was not. It was real.

      As someone who was more or less living at a terminal prompt at the time, the first thing I did when I heard this (days before this went public) was pull a WHOIS of the domain name, and that DID say Powergen, with details matching the domain.

      It is possible that someone matched the WHOIS details (and in those days registrars were less retentive about domain ownership) but that felt like far too much work for a joke. Having worked at several large organisations I think I can picture pretty much what happened:

      1 - some marketing/branding type comes up with this idea and gets it approved;

      2 - it hits tech, someone starts to compile the list and eventually hits on this one;

      3 - not being stupid, an email goes back, asking if it has to be executed exactly as described, listing a few sample names but very carefully omitting the Italian, er, job for reasons I really don't have to explain in this esteemed forum :). Naturally, irritated confirmation follows;

      4 - rear end suitably covered, tech registers the domains including the Italian one, then gives friends a heads up (which is why it was known in tech circles days before it became public);

      5 - eventually this leaks, board members hit the roof;

      6 - sa(i)d marketing type gets torn a new one by the boss, with the instructions to make it go away;

      7 - Egypt happens (denial). The press buys it. We don't, because we saw the facts well before they got buried but we've had our fun and we have other mischief to get on with, so we let it slide.

      According to the WHOIS before it got public, this was real. It changed rather fast afterwards, though :)

  5. Richard Wharram

    Were they all real?

    Citation based on a non-lolz-email source?

    I seem to remember in the same email.

    1. Stoneshop Silver badge

      [citation needed] was/is a prank.

      A shufti with whois against returns


      Registrant Organization: WHO REPRESENTS INC.

      so that's likely to be real, and the joss song and whalesmoke whiff emanating from the registrant name makes me think they themselves are blissfully unaware of the alternate interpretation.

      The others you can investigate the same way, and decide for yourself.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: [citation needed]

        Remember some of those names were from a decade ago, so a current whois is a little late.

      2. Arthur the cat Silver badge

        Re: [citation needed]

        While in Akureyri(*) a few years ago I came(**) stumbled across a sex shop whose web site was

        * Iceland's second largest urban area, pop ~18,000.

        ** Quick rethink of verb.

        1. x 7

          Re: [citation needed]

          "stumbled across a sex shop "

          I take it that wasn't hard?

      3. Crazy Operations Guy

        Re: [citation needed]

        " was/is a prank."

        Not originally. I actually was a shop that sold specialty pens, but they were losing quite a bit of money hosting the website when no one wanted to buy anything, so when a porn company came along, offering to buy the domain for a ridiculous sum of cash, they jumped on that as quickly as possible.

  6. tony72

    Pretty funny

    But it takes second place in the unintentionally-funny-URL stakes to

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    expert sex-change, dot com


    I used that site innocently for years and never noticed the glaring issue with its URL. Now that El Reg has kindly brought my attention to this matter, its SO FRIKKIN' OBVIOUS.

    I feel a fool. Off to buy the beers.

    1. Dan Wilkie

      Re: expert sex-change, dot com

      You and me both, d'oh!

      1. Fraggle850

        Re: expert sex-change, dot com

        > You and me both, d'oh!

        Yup, me too. Often comes up when I'm looking for solutions, is it the one that won't let you read the answer unless you're a member? Bit like stackoverflow but for people who like walled gardens?

        1. chivo243 Silver badge

          Re: expert sex-change, dot com

          The things your mind misses when your focused... I never saw that. I tried using the site, but sadly it was back in the days of you've seen your free tech tip, now pay up.

          1. Crazy Operations Guy

            Re: expert sex-change, dot com

            " you've seen your free tech tip, now pay up."

            Except if you were smart enough to just look at the source... They eventually fixed that, but it was a pretty hilarious failure on their part. Maybe they were charging so they could hire a proper web developer.

            1. Montreal Sean

              Re: expert sex-change, dot com

              I visited a porn site like that several years ago.

              I was browsing the free samples, contemplating a membership when I discovered that if you changed the picture number in the address bar it would take you to the desird picture.

              Saved a few tens of dollars a month there l.

              Took them almost a year to find the vulnerability. :)

              1. Anonymous Coward
                Anonymous Coward

                Re: expert sex-change, dot com

                "if you changed the picture number in the address bar"

                Yeah, the 17-year-old me loved that little trick. Then there was also logging into the 'members-only' sites by just going to http://www.<domainName>/index2.html or /members.html, depending on the template they used to build the site... Of course, back in the 90s, very few admins bothered to disable directory browsing, so you could freely poke about on the server to see what it would offer up (which is how I found index2 and all the other pages that were supposed to be secure).

                1. Anonymous Coward
                  Anonymous Coward

                  Re: expert sex-change, dot com

                  Ssssssh! Don't give away details of UK bank security. HSBC will hate you for it!

    2. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

      Re: expert sex-change, dot com

      I used that site innocently for years and never noticed the glaring issue with its URL.

      Don't worry. It's simply a sign you don't come here often enough (unintentional pun there), eventually spotting things like this will become second nature :)

  8. Ugotta B. Kiddingme

    picture caption

    Rachel never did figure out the <ctrl><shift><up arrow> combo to undo the prank by her coworkers

    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: picture caption

      You're holding it wrong.

  9. Nick Gisburne

    Ju stretch - worse than waterboarding

    Ju stretch - a medieval anti-Semitic torture regime?

  10. tsdadam

    I always liked molestationnursery (which I believe was in mole station) and penismightier (than what kind of sword?).

    Speed of art,or speedofart was a good one too.


    We're sure it isn't a variation on the <multinational> protest site?

    Shirley it's for people with 'motion sickness' after eating a Justeat delivery?

  12. nsld

    its legit

    Its a genuine business/site and not a spoof.

    Despite the play on words.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    what about strategyinaction

    At El Reg you should like this - a strategy company that may have missed out completely on the concept of marketing and branding.

    I think what they meant to say was "Strategy In Action", but if you knew them you'd use the alternate reading of "Strategy Inaction". I even attempted to explain it to them and they didn't see it.

  14. x 7

    "I think what they meant to say was "Strategy In Action", but if you knew them you'd use the alternate reading of "Strategy Inaction"

    I once had a manager who had two in-trays on his desk

    One labelled "In Action", one labelled "Inaction"

    Knowing where to look for what was an art

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