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THE TRUE ORIGIN OF THE INTERNET (haha)

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

And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called 'Amazon Dot Com.'

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel 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 two 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 which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by UPS (Uriah's Pony Stable)."

Abraham thought long. And 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 straying from his tent.

But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading. And the young did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. Those who did were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites
(NERDS).

And lo, the land was feverish with joy of new riches and deafening sound of drums. No one noticed the real riches were going to a drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought each and every drum company in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums 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 as it came to be known "eBay." He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."

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

"YAHOO," said Abraham.

And that is how it all began. It wasn't Al Gore after all.
 
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