In Pictures: 5 boring domain names. Where are they now?

It's easy to forget the first Internet gold rush of the mid-to-late '90s, when dot-com domain names based on ordinary (and, investors hoped, marketable) nouns and verbs were snapped up by hopeful companies. Here are five of those generic domain names, and a look at their history.

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Meat.com

In 1996, meat.com was a classic bit of golden age Internet whimsy called L'Industrie De Meat: an oddish logo on standard-issue mid-90s textured background, with an anti-Communications Decency Act jeremiad, links to an "Internet hall of shame," and information about the "Transnational Church of Life on Mars."

By 2000 the proprietor of L'Industrie had sold the site to a company looking to sell, well meat. However, it never really got off the ground, and by 2004 was in the hands of a domain registrar and offered for sale. Today, you're not going to find much about meat on the site; it belongs to Stop Animal Cruelty.

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