Mock Web sites extend sitcom gags

 

In the olden days, "555" alerted any viewer to a fake phone number in a TV show or movie. Thankfully, today, there's no equivalent for fake Web sites.

For a show like CBS' "How I Met Your Mother," this has been boon. If a character on the sitcom mentions a fictional Web site or blog, there's no need for the Web address to remain fictional.

In quick time, the domain name can be cheaply purchased and registered. Suddenly, a one-liner has new digital life. The joke Web site becomes a real Web site and industrious fans follow the trail.

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