Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The REAL Story of How the Internet was Started

Actually an oldie but goodie...

As told by old, bearded shepherds with crooked staves who walk up (and climb on) to stone pulpits and to pass their wisdom:

"And, Lo, it came to pass that the trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called Amazon Dot Com"

She said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou travel far, from town to town, with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddlebags short of a camel load, but smply said, " How, dear?"

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 the delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and there was immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had, at the top price, without ever moving 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 men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth a greedy horsefly taketh to camel dung. These men were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for short.

And, Lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums so that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the drum maker, one Brother William of the Gates, who bought up every drum company in the land. And, indeed, he did insist on making drums that would
work only if you bought Brother Gates' drumsticks.

And Dot did say, " Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.

As abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as it later came to be known, "eBay", he said," We need a name that reflects what we are."

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

And Abraham did shout, "Whoopie!"

"No, YAHOO!," said Dot Com.

...and that is how it all began. See, it wasn't Al Gore after all...

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