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17 Ancient Websites You Didn't Realize Are Still Up And Running

Updated September 23, 2021 56.6k views17 items
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Do you remember the wonderful simplicity of the Internet in the ‘90s? Life felt far less complicated back then, didn’t it? It was a time when website designers considered Comic Sans a legitimate font, of insufferable AIM away messages; a time when you’d rip all your fingernails off waiting for that dial-up sound to connect and porn would load one pixel at a time… okay, maybe it wasn’t all that great. But it's sure come a long way!

You may be surprised to find that some of these old websites are still running, and a good chunk of them are relatively unchanged. You'll see prehistoric search engines, official movie websites for B-films, and some just completely pointless websites Internet hoarders can't seem to shake off. Rather than fade into oblivion, they instead remain live and provide a firsthand look into the annals of Internet history.

  • Ain't It Cool News: 2005 Vs. 2017

    Created in 1996 by film critic Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News at one point netted six-figure profits annually. However, looking like a slightly more readable version of the Drudge Report is not the best marketing strategy, and its profits have fallen significantly since its mid-aughts heyday.

  • Space Jam: 1996 Vs. 2017

    Photo: Space Jam

    One of the first examples of online marketing for a motion picture, the Space Jam website has not only lasted 20 years, it's remained exactly the same.

  • Internet Explorer Is Evil: 1998 Vs. 2017

    The brainchild of programmer Nathan Lineback, Internet Explorer is Evil gets right to the point: expressing Lineback's issues with Microsoft's monopoly over Internet Explorer and how it became an invasive piece of software. Lineback clearly felt so strongly about this opinion that he's not bothered to update it more than 10 years later.

  • The Lost World: 1997 Vs. 2017

    Another early example of online advertising, the Lost World website offered an interactive experience with Dr. John Hammond's office space; those who figured out its secrets would win a trip to Hawaii.