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Dogs explain the mysteries of HTTP status codes

We promised last week (opens in new tab) that we'd bring you a dog-related story, and here it is. HTTP status codes: what are they? We all know what a 404 error means, but what's a 504 all about? Is a 420 good or bad? We just don't know.

Everyone knows what a 404 is, but what about the rest?

Everyone knows what a 404 is, but what about the rest?

However, Mike Lee (opens in new tab) does, and he's thoughtfully summarised all the HTTP status codes in a form that we can all understand. At HTTP Status Dogs (opens in new tab) you can find a rundown of every single status code, helpfully illustrated with an excellent dog picture.

This is why cats are best

This is why cats are best

Why? Well, why on earth not? Lee was inspired by a similar project - Tomomi Imura (opens in new tab)'s HTTP Status Cats (opens in new tab) - which at least proves that cats are indeed the best, but his collection of canine tech explanations is thoroughly adorable.

Never again will you be mystified by an HTTP status code

Never again will you be mystified by an HTTP status code

HTTP Status Dogs covers the entire set of HTTP status codes, most of which you'll never have any reason to understand unless you actually work in IT, and most of which you're unlikely to ever even see, particularly 418: I'm a teapot, and 420: Enhance your calm.

We miss Sammy

We miss Sammy

It's the ideal way to kill a good few minutes on a slow day, and you might find that you'll learn something too. And if you're after more online fun in a similar vein, Mike Lee is also the chap behind CSS Humor, (opens in new tab) home of the most hilarious CSS-related lols you're ever likely to lay eyes upon, as well as Web 2.0 Ipsum (opens in new tab), which generates lorem ipsum text from nonsensical Web 2.0 startup names. Useful!

Old-school Creative Bloq readers will definitely recognise this one

Old-school Creative Bloq readers will definitely recognise this one

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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