The Useless Pages

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The Useless Web was an example of early web humor. It was a list of links to web pages the writers deemed egregiously useless, with humorous descriptions. In time it grew to a directory with links archived by category. It helped disseminate many early minor internet memes. There were many imitators, and it spawned its own Yahoo category. Marc Andreessen once called it "One of the best sites on the Web."[1]

The site was founded by Paul Phillips in 1994.[2] Steve Berlin took over in 1995 and started to update more regularly. In 1999 John Gephart IV took over and continued to update the site until early 2001.

The Useless Web, which received coverage in The New York Times[3] and Wired magazine, was a prominent example of the geeky, good-natured sarcasm of much early web humor.

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  1. ^ "Valentine's aftermath",, February 16, 2001
  2. ^ A Brief History of Uselessness on the Web at the Wayback Machine (archived August 16, 2000)
  3. ^ Rothstein, Edward (1996-03-04). "Can Twinkies think, and other ruminations on the Web as garbage depository". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 

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