If you’ve spent any time browsing the web, chances are pretty good you’ve run into a page with an error code on it.
You’ve likely seen numbers 404 (“not found”) or 403 (“forbidden”).
Less commonly spotted is error code 418, which makes your browser proclaim “I’m a teapot.”
If it sounds like a joke, it is: Way back on April Fool’s Day in 1998, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) — a group that sets internet standards — proposed “a protocol for controlling, monitoring, and diagnosing coffee pots.” That document defined status 418 thusly: “Any attempt to brew coffee with a teapot should result in the error code ‘418 I’m a teapot.’ The resulting entity body MAY be short and stout.”
The error code has since become a running gag.
Go to Google.com/teapot, and see for yourself. Programming languages like Node.js and Google’s Go both include the 418 error as a little Easter egg, as does Microsoft’s ASP.NET framework. Someone even rigged a teapot to act as a web server, just so it can proudly display error 418 when you visit it.
On Thursday, however, the future of code 418 was briefly called into doubt. In a GitHub thread, …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology