I have blown an inside joke out of proportion.
My friend Darby has strong Google fu. When faced with a question he does not know the answer to, he turns to the friendly, all-knowing robots of Google. I think that's completely reasonable (and I do the same thing), but this particular approach to problem-solving is infecting the minds of non-nerds as well. When his wife Jenny was telling a story and said she needed to know something, she said, "I pulled a Darby trick and Googled it."
We really liked referring to Googling something as a Darby trick, but the wording is a little cumbersome so I shortened it. From that point forward, to Darble something was the same thing as Google something. Granted, that typically required a ton of explanation whenever I used it for the first time around someone, but it was still funny.
All the while I was spreading the gospel of Darbling, I was thinking that I should really create a one-stop website for Darbling. Google is fine and good, but it could really use some Darby flair. Also, I loved the idea of Darby having his own personal search engine. Any gauche fool can buy a Ferrari, but who among them has an eponymous search engine?!
For Darby's birthday this year, I created DarbleIt.com. There's not a whole lot there, but it captures the essence of Darbling in all of its glory. (Google: please don't sue me, it's a joke and I'm a shareholder.)
Why did I pick DarbleIt.com instead of just Darble.com? Sadly, Darble.com was already registered. I inquired with the owner as to whether it was for sale, and it was... for a mere $20,000. As much as I value my friend, I just don't see me paying that much for a joke domain without several hallucinogens involved. Besides, if you forget the domain name, you can always Darble for it.Posted by Cody at December 12, 2011 3:15 PM