I registered this domain (thatssick.com) because it was available, it was cheap, and I needed a laugh. I didn't expect to have $12 pay off so well in laughs.
As I didn't have a site ready, I set up the domain's DNS to point to "localhost", 127.0.0.1. I didn't expect that to cause any problems at all, but I had never run into Mr. Some Naked Guy from the UK. Early one morning I received this email:
Subject: Your Domain thatssick.com
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 08:51:39 +0100
X-Priority: 1 (Highest)
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook IMO, Build 9.0.2416 (9.0.2910.0)
X-MIMEOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000
Please can you inform me why you have a site registered to you, Technology
Partners, Inc, with a naked picture of myself?
I demand that this picture is removed, within the next 24 hours. If this
link is not removed, I shall peruse (sic) this matter further in court.
Please reply with your actions and apologies.
I expect to hear from you with in 24 hours.
Since I was dead set against being perused in court, but didn't think it was a good idea to apologize for something I didn't do, I sent back:
No, thank *you*.
www.thatssick.com points to 127.0.0.1, which is the local address
for your very own machine. If you saw a naked picture of yourself,
that means your site is displaying it, and you've now told several
people on this email alias that you have a naked picture of yourself
on your very own web server.
I might post your email (sans any identifying information of
course) as it is really really funny. Ranks right up there with
the catalog I got for "Mr. Poopy Pants" from some company that
decided to rip off the whois database contrary to all legal
It really doesn't get much better than this. Thanks for the laugh!
I figured that explanation was adequate for anyone savvy enough to set up his own website containing a nude picture of himself, yet naive enough to rat himself out to complete strangers. I was wrong:
Subject: RE: Your Domain thatssick.com
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 09:11:28 +0100
In reply to your email, I demand that you remove your link of 127.0.0.1 from
I understand that this is the local address, and also if you post my email
to any forum / newsgroup / anything on the internet, then I will quite
easily do the same back about your company - of course - with no
He *claims* to get it, but then why would he DEMAND that I change the IP address on a domain that really has nothing to do with him? I set up the DNS so that I could use the domain as a weirdo honeypot in order to "out" people that post nude pictures of themselves on their own home web server. I didn't mean to catch someone so obviously *clever* as this chap.
So I sent another reply indicating that I don't believe in cartoony threats of being perused in court and/or something being posted by my company.
I didn't think this could get any funnier, but you amaze me. Be an
adult and go ask someone to tutor you about IP addresses, as I'm
laughing too hard to tutor you myself. When you learn the truth
about this whole thing you may be suitably embarrassed enough to
never send an email again.
Too funny. Go have about a gallon of tea to make sure you're awake,
and the call your ISP for some help. And make sure to take down
that picture of yourself, it's scaring the neighbors.
Now he's really honked off, and to intimidate me, he trots out that he's a made man:
Subject: RE: Your Domain thatssick.com
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 09:22:35 +0100
Hey listen, don't patronise me, I know about IP Addresses (I HAVE NETWORK +
A+ MCSE QUALIFICATIONS) - so don't tell me what I do and don't know.
Yes maybe I should have looked into it further - but I am still not happy
with the fact, that if I want - or in the same matter, someone using my
computer wants to look at www.thatsick.com would get returned to my web
server. It serves absolutely no point that you own the domain name, and that
it comes back to my own local IP address. That is why, coming from a
professional company - I do not accept emails back like this. A simple I'm
sorry that you did not realise would have been suffice.
However, in the light that I have received these emails, I shall be posting
them to every news group possible, to show what sort of a company this is.
And I do have the right to do this - including company name, on certain
sites - WatchDog.
His being a wiseguy in the MCSE family (out of Redmond) had me scared at first, as those guys can have you whacked at any time for no reason at all, much less for poking fun at their hobby of self hosted nude photos, but I'll tough it out. But I'm connected with the Colombos (yogurt family out of Massachusetts) so maybe we'll just have a sit-down over this and no one will have to get clipped.
In the mean time, I've obviously removed the 127.0.0.1 mapping from www.thatssick.com. Not because I'm scared of being perused or being whacked though, but because I wanted to let you know that weirdo honeypots do work.