In the mid-seventies expansion of the department caused people’s offices to be located ever further away from the main terminal room where the Coke machine stood. It got rather annoying to traipse down to the third floor only to find the machine empty – or worse, to shell out hard-earned cash to receive a recently loaded, still-warm Coke. One day a couple of people got together to devise a solution…
– Tom Lane; The “Only” Coke Machine on the Internet.
The Internet has been around long enough, with a large enough community, to generate it’s own set of legends and myths. The following sections describe a few well-known, classic examples: