Nov 9, 2005 at 12:00 am

Misunderstood URLs — Normally we here at Backslash absolutely detest e-mail forwards, but for once we got one that was pretty damn funny — and true.

The e-mail pointed out a handful of URLs — some registered by real, honest-to-gosh businesses — that just don’t read as they should (trust us, we can sympathize, especially when our News Hits department gets e-mails sent to [email protected]). First is a searchable database of talent agencies, called Who Represents, at

Then there’s the Experts Exchange, a resource for tech support:

Someone decided that “Pen Island” would make a great name for a pen company; unfortunately, it doesn’t make for the best URL: (The site has the following disclaimer: We have received a number of complaints from people concerned with vulgar e-mails coming from our domain, We can assure you that these e-mails are forged, and that we did not send them.”

However, it looks like is not about writing implements.

Looking for a therapist? Call up This site also seems to be legitimate, operated by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Finally, cultivate your green thumb with Australia’s Mole Station Native Nursery, at

What’s that they say about hindsight?

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