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The Beauty of a Good 404 Page Not Found Page

On the lighter side of web page design and development, check out this fabulous “pleases everyone” 404 Page Not Found Error from ibiblio.org.

ibiblio.org unique 404 page not found error page

Not only is it a fairly good and helpful Page Not Found Error page, it provides information explaining what has happened in tons of different languages, including:

  • 1337/h4x0r – j00 f001, 7|-|47 p4g3 d0|\|’7 eXi57! y0u sux0rz.
  • American South – Ah cain’t find th’ page yer lookin’ fer.
  • C – return ENOENT
  • Cockney – No chance luv, carrnt find it neever.
  • English (Bristolian Accent) – I casn’t find what thee bist lookin’ fer, me babber.
  • English (East African- Kikuyu) – Da paej yu ah lookin fo eiz not avaerabouh.
  • English (Lancastrian dialect) – Weers yon page geet to? T’int ‘ere!
  • Hawai`ian (attempted) – Ho’okahua ‘a’ole ke apuapu.
  • Hawai`ian (Creole) – Da page no stay!
  • Hebrew – Ha’amud Lo Nimtza.
  • Klingon – De’teywI’ ‘agh vonlu’.
  • Korean – I peige reul mot chat get da ha o.
  • Korean – ???? ???? ????.
  • Kölsch – De Sick, die De sööks jiddet he nit.
  • Latin – Pagina quam tu quaeris abest.
  • Latin (Pig) – Ethay agepay ouyay areyay ookinglay orfay annotcay ebay oundfay.
  • Mac User – This wouldn’t have happened if you were using a Mac.
  • Mid-Michigan dairy farm colloquialism – That file is cow’s-legs-up.
  • MopTalk – Tophope popagope yopou arope lopookopinopgop foporop isop nopotop hoperope
  • Morse – ….- —– ….- ..-. .. .-.. . -. — – ..-. — ..- -. -..
  • Pirate – Haaarr, Lubber! I’ve sailed yon seas with toil and trial, and yet I cannot find ye file!
  • Polish – Takiej strony nie ma
  • Yiddish – Dos vebzaytl vos ir zukht iz nishto.

My other favorite is the Softlab 404 Error Page which I reported in A New Kind of 404 Page Not Found Result.

Have you a good 404 Page Not Found Error page? Or know of a good one?

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5 Comments

  1. Posted March 24, 2007 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    This page is pretty entertaining, actually. And the Hawaiian Creole and Pidgin actually read like how someone would say it. ^^ If I do say so myself. :)

  2. Posted March 24, 2007 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness. Those are both hilarious!

  3. Posted March 25, 2007 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Here’s another: http://www.plinko.net/404/area404.asp

  4. Posted March 26, 2007 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I’ve collected several Inspirational 404 Error Pages a few weeks ago.

  5. Posted March 31, 2007 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say our 404 page is masterful or inspirational, but I do think it’s functional and (hopefully) helpful…


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