If ancient Rome had the Internet...


    * The destruction of Pompeii in 79AD is the most viewed video at YouTube. The first comment is..."OMG so cool! Volcanos ROCK!"

    * Attila the Hun has his own MySpace page. Nobody ever rejects his "invite a friend" emails.

    * The soothsayer's "Ides of March" email fails to get Caesar's proper attention as it's inadvertently filtered into his junk folder.

    * But at least Caesar's "Et tu Brute?" comment is available as a free ringtone download.

    * The domain gladiator.rome sells for the record sum of 1,000,000 denarii.

    * The owner of hadriansucks.rome is compelled to hand over both the domain name and selected body parts by an independent domain tribunal chaired by...Emperor Hadrian.

    * "Naked Cleopatra" is the top search term on Google.

    * Unfortunately, the Queen of Egypt dies an early death after misunderstanding IT's call to embrace an ASP solution.

    * Hannibal blogs his way across the Alps with posts like, "Whoops, lost another elephant today."

    * But he runs out of money when his PPC budget is plundered by an iberian click scam organized by Publius Cornelius Scipio.

    * Tiber.com opens, initially selling scrolls and tablets before expanding to include togas, pottery, and do-it-yourself mosaic kits.

    * Websites like handsome-literate-male-british-slave.com pollute the search listings thanks to generous commissions at the slaves.co.rome affiliate program.

    * Roman programmers moan about projects outsourced to cheap coders in Mesopotamia.

    * The Colosseum is renamed the eBay Colosseum, with free wireless hotspots outside the lark's tongue restaurant.

    * The volume of spam collapses when the penalty for not providing a working opt-out mechanism becomes equal billing with the lions at the eBay Colosseum.

    * But we still get emails featuring Brunhilda, the lonely Visigoth, and hot deals on cheap peacock livers from Gaul.

    * Nobody invents a spam filter good enough for the House of the Vestals.

    * Classical geeks wear t-shirts proclaiming, "there's no place like CXXVII.0.0.I" (bonus points if you get that one)

    * Finally, Rome burns to the ground while Emperor Nero battles online with Hakkar the Soulflayer in World of Warcraft.


Fluxoid's Doctor
* The first trojan horse no longer means the fall of Troy, but rather down time for all internet users... :(