October 26, 2007
The answer, ideally, consists of a number, and a bunch of explanations as to why that number makes sense in this context.
Cracked by: sidsen (Take a gander at his meticulously-crafted rant in the answers. It’s worth your time :-) ) , Poornima , Quehin , alephnull and prasanth.
Nope, the answer wasn’t Jabber. The real answer: RFC 527.
1: An illustration of Jabberwocky
2: (Surprise, surprise) The IETFs logo (duh)
3: Lewis carroll
Lewis Carrol created the Jabberwocky character in his nonsense poem of the same name.
The IETF has a tradition of creating prank RFCs on the 1st of April of each year. The first such RFC was the Arpawocky RFC, numbered 527. Arpawocky was a nonsense poem involving tech related acronyms, and was inspired by Carrol’s Jabberwocky.
Oh, BTW, the IETF are the gods of the Internet