In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name
f Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the
name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad
of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was named Amazon
And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou
travel far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst
trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle
bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" And
Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in
between to send messages saying what you have for sale and
they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale
can be made on the drums and the goods can be delivered by
Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her
way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were a
wondrous happening. Abraham sold all the goods he had at
the top price, without ever moving from his tent.
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia
did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused
of insider trading. And the young man did take to Dot Com's
trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. He
was called a Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominant Siderite,
or NERD for short.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches
and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that
the real riches were going to the drum maker, one Brother
William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in
the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would
work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is
being taken over by others."
And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as
it came to be known "eBay" he said, "We need a name that
reflects what we are."
And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner
"YAHOO," said Abraham.
And that is how it all began.