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April 2, 2005 12:05 AM

Broken: (Just for fun) Graphic Arts Exchange URL

Not necessarily broken, but an interesting point. Morgan Cloward points out that the Graphic Arts Exchange may want to change its URL from


graphica rtsexc hange .com?

What can it all mean?

Posted by: Matt at April 2, 2005 12:37 AM

Well, artist historically have been quite open, if they want a web page about their sex changes, more power to them :)

Posted by: Jeff at April 2, 2005 12:38 AM

I guess we see what we want to see... or what we are conditioned to see by our internet experiences, anyway.

Posted by: Maurs at April 2, 2005 12:43 AM

I mean... come on.

Posted by: Chris Clark at April 2, 2005 01:15 AM

Has any one visited the Pen Island site recently?

yes it is a real(non pornogrpahic) site.

Posted by: Vic at April 2, 2005 01:47 AM

edit: not .com

Posted by: Vic at April 2, 2005 01:48 AM

Personally, I think a graphic art sex change is a good and safe alternative to surgery and I support the idea.

Posted by: Gene at April 2, 2005 02:01 AM


& then on the page it says "EQUIPMENT QUICK PICKS"!

Posted by: Mungojelly at April 2, 2005 02:29 AM

Apparently the graphic art is so different from "traditional" art that it shocks the viewer into... you know.

Posted by: fuzzy at April 2, 2005 08:03 AM

_@_v - that penisland site is broken btw... they have a menubar that is stuck over some obscuring bits...

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at April 2, 2005 10:17 AM

That took me a minute to get. I got it as soon as I clicked on the link.

Posted by: Another Alex at April 3, 2005 11:40 AM

Apart from URL issues, why would someone name a pen store "Pen Island"? It implies that it has less area and therefore fewer pens for sale than, for example, Pen Universe. It also implies that it's surrounded by ocean and you need a boat to get there.

Posted by: fuzzy at April 3, 2005 11:48 AM


Thanks chris clark and vik

Posted by: no one at April 3, 2005 06:23 PM

The IT help site used to be at until someone noticed a similar ambiguity...

Posted by: Paul at April 3, 2005 09:27 PM

I believe Experts Exchange always advertised with the dash, but both URLs would resolve. At least, that's how it was when I last used the site (and noticed the problem!) in '98 or '99.

Posted by: Nolly at April 4, 2005 01:17 AM

There were dozens of other sites in the early .com days. Most have shut down in quiet embarrasment.

A classic, similar to Pen Island. From

Several years ago, when Tommy Thompson was Governor of Wisconsin, a Green Bay area newspaper planned to print the headline, "Thompson's Pen is a Sword." However the spacing between "Pen" and "is" was somehow removed. The error was not caught in time, and many Green Bay residents awoke to see the headline, "Thompson's Penis a Sword" on the front page of their morning newspaper. This error was soon featured during the Headlines segment.

Posted by: Andy Sernovitz at April 4, 2005 06:30 PM

What are you people doing here. Go make a difference in someones life. Good night now!!

Posted by: goober at April 5, 2005 07:08 PM

There used to be a mailing list for techies managing the Microsoft Exchange email server system, hosted as Quite apart from mail being occasionally rejected by over-zealous spam filters, it did cause amusement. In fact, some list members tended to refer to it as mSexChange.

Waht with one thing and another, the list moved to another domain with a less enertaining name and was never the same after that...

Posted by: Les Bessant at April 9, 2005 04:50 AM

well at least they used "x" instead of "e" as the first letter of exchange. otherwise, the GAX would turn into GAE

Posted by: Nohbdy at June 10, 2005 04:10 PM I'm told used to be a website for PowerGen's (a power generation company) Italian sector. PowerGen Italia? Power Genitalia? Hyuk hyuk hyuk. . .

Posted by: grant0 at July 29, 2005 11:43 AM

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