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The Internet RFCs provide valuable information about the Internet. But some authors, including well-known architects of the Internet, couldn't help but have a little fun with the technical jargon and documentation procedures. Here is a list of amusing RFCs:

  • RFC 527 (ARPAWOCKY, R. Merryman, June 1973)

  • RFC 602 ('The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care,' Bob Metcalfe, December 1973)

  • RFC 748 (TELNET RANDOMLY-LOSE Option, M. Crispin, April 1978)

  • RFC 968 ('Twas the Night Before Start-Up,' V. Cerf, December 1985)

  • RFC 1097 (TELNET SUBLIMINAL-MESSAGE Option, B. Miller, April 1989)

  • RFC 1121 (Act One-The Poems, Postel/Kleinrock/Cerf/Boehm, September 1989)

  • RFC 1149 (A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers, D. Waitzman, April 1990)

  • RFC 1178 (Choosing a Name for Your Computer, D. Libes, August 1990)

  • RFC 1216 (Gigabit Network Economics and Paradigm Shifts, Richard & Kynikos, April 1991)

  • RFC 1217 (Memo from the Consortium for Slow Commotion Research (CSCR), V. Cerf, April 1991)

  • RFC 1300 (Remembrances of Things Past, S. Greenfield, February 1992)

  • RFC 1437 (The Extension of MIME Content-Types to a New Medium, Borenstein & Linimon, April 1993)

  • RFC 1438 (Internet Engineering Task Force Statements of Boredom [SOBs], Chapin & Huitema, April 1993)

  • RFC 1605 (SONET to Sonnet Translation, Shakespeare et al., April 1994)

  • RFC 1606 (A Historical Perspective on The Usage of IP Version 9, J. Onions, April 1994)

  • RFC 1607 (A View from the 21st Century, V. Cerf, April 1994)

  • RFC 1882 (The 12 Days of Technology Before Christmas, B. Hancock, December 1995)

  • RFC 1925 (The Twelve Networking Truths, R. Callon, April 1996)

  • RFC 2100 (The Naming of Hosts, J. Ashworth, April 1997)

  • RFC 2321 (RITA-The Reliable Internetwork Troubleshooting Agent, A. Bressen, April 1998)

  • RFC 2322 (Management of IP Numbers by peg-dhcp, K. van den Hout et al., April 1998)

  • RFC 2323 (IETF Identification and Security Guidelines, A. Ramos, April 1998)

  • RFC 2324 (Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol, L. Masinter, April 1998)

  • RFC 2325 (Definitions of Managed Objects for Drip-Type Heated Beverage Hardware Devices Using SMIv2, M. Slavitch, April 1998)

  • RFC 2468 (I Remember IANA, V. Cerf, October 1998)

  • RFC 2549 (IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service, D. Waitzman, April 1999)

  • RFC 2550 (Y10K and Beyond, Glassman et al., April 1999)

  • RFC 2551 (The Roman Standards Process-Revision III, S. Bradner, April MCMXCIX)

  • RFC 2555 (30 Years of RFCs, April 1999)-A serious document, but also entertaining

  • RFC 2795 (The Infinite Monkey Protocol Suite (IMPS), S. Christey, April 2000)

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