Lego's 404 page features several frustrated and/or embarrassed Lego figurines.

One of the more famous 404 pages in the design world belongs to the firm of Teehan+Lax.

The New Museum alters its heading to read "New Oops Museum" and features a photo of a work of art in which a horse sculpture is smashing into a wall.

Allmusic's 404 page features the album cover of Billy Joel's 1960s heavy metal project, Attila. An Allmusic reviewer once said of the album, "Attila undoubtedly is the worst album released in the history of rock & roll - hell, the history of recorded music itself."

Github, a repository of code for open-source projects, flexes its own muscle a bit with its 404 page, a nice little bit of animation that moves with your cursor.

NPR's 404 page offers links to other famous stories about missing or broken people, like Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa.

The Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, has an array of famous movie quotes altered to be about errors.

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7 Of The Best Error Messages On The Internet

Microsoft, Lego, and other seemingly faceless companies turn problems into personality.

Microsoft has long had trouble with the hardware of its otherwise (extremely) successful Xbox gaming consoles, from hard drive failures in the original Xbox to the now-infamous "Red Ring of Death" in its sophomore Xbox 360 to an easily broken disk drive in the new Xbox. But an easy and, dare we say, fun way to lessen the outrage of customers, aside from all the typical customer service and easy returns stuff, is to be funny. And it's in the error message that Microsoft has been setting itself apart from its competition.

Here's a representative error message on a new Xbox One:

"Something went terribly wrong. Please come back later."

And here's one from the Xbox One's competitor, the Sony PlayStation 4:

"An error has occurred. (E-82FOO1F8)"

One of those messages is going to provoke a chuckle, and maybe even an Instagram or a tweet. One of those is going to result in frustrated puzzlement and a shrug.

Websites have long played with fun 404 pages—that's the error page you get when you follow a bad link or type something incorrectly into the address bar. (We collected a few of our favorites up top there.) They're an easy way for a faceless, monolithic corporation to show a little spark of personality. And they are easier to toy with than hardware errors, for the simple reason that hardware errors sometimes block the device's ability to, you know, display a message, fun or not.

For Microsoft, the playful error message is a small, intricate example of the company's new philosophy, laid out in the innovation of Windows 8 and Windows Phone: this is a company that executes ideas from people, and not faceless algorithmic drones.

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