In accordance with Jeff's discussion. Currently Area 51 shows the SO-404.

Edit I put a bounty on this to motivate suggestions. Please note however that the accepted answer will not necessarily be implemented since I have no saying on that. But still, you get 100 rep.

Edit2.5 The decision was for David's
no trespassing

I thank you all for your great ideas!

  • The links on PageNotFound have been cleaned up so they're not broken any more. We'll monitor this question and be on the general lookout for a new hilarious picture for our 404 :)
    – Emmett
    Commented Jun 9, 2010 at 22:28
  • Crap. Can't find a high res Lazlo Hollyfeld picture. Isn't he the one who came up with the site?
    – user50049
    Commented Jun 15, 2010 at 8:19
  • At least they are constant with Area 51 in doing their own thing without caring about community suggestions :-]
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 18, 2010 at 6:26
  • How about using the 'case of the mondays' image. That'll scare any would-be trespassers away. Commented Jun 18, 2010 at 12:00

5 Answers 5


I found this one

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    Yes, because with a photo of the actual "Area 51", you won't have any problem with the authorities :-]
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 20, 2010 at 10:36

"When you searched for this site, there was no 404, but you spent a nice time in Roswell, New Mexico"

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edit or (thanks to Gnoupi for reminding me)

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edit maybe a better line would be

"The page you were looking for is not here. You haven't seen a 404. In fact, there is no area51. You have spent all day at stackoverflow"

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    Possible other picture for the same idea (a bit smaller): gadgetophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/t10neuralizer.jpg
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 9, 2010 at 12:47
  • @gnoupi funny you mention that one, I first considered it, too :) I'll edit it as another option Commented Jun 9, 2010 at 13:33
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    Note sure how we are doing with rights, though, for such kind of image.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 9, 2010 at 14:27
  • @gnoupi good question, maybe we could find a similar one that is freely available as promotional material Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 7:59
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    A way to solve the "rights" issue would be to have Jeff and Joel (or Robert) act the first photo in person :-] With the suits, glasses and all that.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 14, 2010 at 15:26
  • I only see one picture (the second one) is there a first one?
    – C. Ross
    Commented Jun 14, 2010 at 18:12
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    @C. Ross: The tingling means it's working. Commented Jun 15, 2010 at 8:09
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    We liked this, but were worried about getting sued :\ Commented Jun 18, 2010 at 13:11
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    @David - get Jeff and Joel together (or another couple of developers, for example), and act it? :)
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jun 20, 2010 at 10:31

Not the page you're looking for

"This is not the page you're looking for..."


See, it's only a weather balloon.


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Run!!! They're coming!!!

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