The 18 Greatest Internet Memes of the 1990s

15 Fake/Funny Error Messages

Much like the dirty animation that “mistakenly” ends up in Disney movies, funny error messages started when some programmers who were having a laugh forgot to clean up after themselves. Once one of these mistakes made it through the cracks and out into the windows of computer users at large, it was open season for anyone frustrated either at their computers or their stupid friends. Take, for example:

“Your mouse is not working, please click here to acknowledge.”

“Not enough memory to display this dialog.”

And of course: “The procedure failed with the following error: The command completed successfully.”

The fake/funny error messages tied in nicely to the “404: File Not Found” pages, which worked their way into the meme world about the same time.