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That Time When My URL Appeared On The TV Show Bones 2011 Jan 16

In August of last year I got an email from a fellow who was watching Bones on Netflix, and, well, here’s what they said:

Hi Joe,

You don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I saw something odd in a fraction of a second on a TV show, and it lead me to writing this e-mail.

I was watching Netflix on a tiny screen while working, and this one scene shows a character “searching the web” using AOL. For whatever reason, the PREVIOUS address the character was looking at was still showing, and out of curiosity I froze and captured the screen (attached JPEG).

It was your web site! Isn’t that odd?
Okay, maybe it isn’t and you know all about this because you prepare prop screens for TV shows and I’m just a dullard.

Anyway, the show was BONES, season 1, episode 9 “The Man in the Fallout Shelter”
Your web site URL can be seen at 31:50 into the show.

And I replied with this:

You just blew my mind.

Just logged into Netflix and saw the same thing. Thanks for the great instructions.

I don’t do anything with the entertainment business right now. I used to work with some interactive firms who built public websites, but never have I worked on displays targeted for tv.

Here’s the screenshot.

I still have no idea why it would be that my url might be in a tv show screenshot from 2005 like that. “Isn’t that odd” indeed.

Joe Crawford blogged this at 12:03pm in 2011 in January. The 16th was a Sunday. You are reading this 8 years later. Make a public comment. There are 3 comments Tweet. Direct message. Send email. It has hashtags→ .

Comments: 3

Pretty cool though. Those AOL icons look like they’re from the 18th century.

That’s pretty wild! Since you don’t work in the TV industry it sounds to me like someone on set is a fan of yours. I work for DISH Network (not very close to the TV industry either) and have been watching Bones using DISH’s streaming service dishonline. Not sure if you’ve heard of it or not, but anyway I was just searching for recap blogs when I found your site. Did you ever try to contact them to find out anymore about it?

Thanks Travis, no I’ve not done anything to reach out to the shows representatives. Perhaps I should!

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