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“How I Met Your Mother” Finally Forgets To Build A Website


Spoiler Warning:

If you are not up to date with “How I Met Your Mother” – up to and including the episode which first aired on October 17, 2011 – you have been warned that this blog post has what might be seen to be spoilers.

Therefore, if your are still catching up to “How I Met Your Mother” I urge you to stop reading.

Why are you still reading this? If you are up to date on “How I Met Your Mother” you clearly didn’t need to worry about that spoiler warning and should already be below the picture and at the beginning of the post. Conversely, if you aren’t up to date  with “How I Met Your Mother” you should have stopped reading where I told you to above. Whatever, your call.

I absolutely love the CBS show “How I Met Your Mother,” (HIMYM) it is one of the funniest shows on television these days in my humble opinion. One of the things I love about the show is how whenever a character would mention or visit a website on-screen we could visit it and it was a real website!

When there was an episode where it is revealed that Robin used to be a pop star in Canada by the name of Robin Sparkles the team over at HIMYM created a MySpace page for Robin Sparkles. When Barney spoke about how he had knowledge of Canadian sex acts as a result of reading CanadianSexActs.org we were delighted to find this joke website did exist, with no real information aside from a bunch of Alan Thicke pictures..and it is completely ‘Safe For Work.’ When Ted found out that Barney had used his name with a one night stand and she had subsequently made a website called TedMosbyIsAJerk.com it also turned out to have existed.

Ted looks at his phone to see his friends telling him to visit JanetMcIntyre.net

However, as you can see in the picture above, in last week’s episode Robin messaged Ted while he was on a date to check out www.janetmcintyre.net (the name of his date was Janet McIntyre) I pulled out my phone and tried to check out the site only to be told it was a dead link. What the….? This was a definite and disappointing first. Interestingly, the site is owned and registered by Intellectual Property Department, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation just like TedMosbyIsAJerk.com is. Maybe the team meant to put something there but simply didn’t have the time? Maybe they are getting lazy? I don’t know. I do hope that this was a one-off because the tie-in sites the HIMYM team have made thus far have been pretty damn funny.

Two other things I noticed which was interesting was the triangle symbol on Ted’s phone when he got the text message from Robin. I wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t needed to get the above screenshot for this article because wwww.janetmcintyre.net didn’t work but once I took a look at the image I noticed it.

Why is the triangle symbol on the phone so interesting? Because it is a universal symbol on cell phones to indicate that the phone is roaming. Why would Ted’s phone have been roaming if he was in New York? Where did he take this girl for a date? Canada? It was a little bit weird to see, especially as no companies that I can think of in the United States consider using your phone anywhere inside any of the 50 States as roaming. I, personally, keep a prepaid line active with a Florida phone number and I have used this line in Hawaii to call New York all with no roaming charges. Seemed a bit odd that Ted was roaming while he was on a date at a restaurant.

The only reason I even bothered to mention any of this is because, until now, it seemed as if the HIMYM team and CBS were so on top of every detail about the show that when the dropped the ball it became that much more disappointing and noticeable. Yes, I am aware this is a really geeky blog post and my show not having a tie-in website is a pure #FirstWorldProblem as they say on Twitter.

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  1. Noldona
    May 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Roaming happens all the time on cell phones in the United States. Roaming happens when you are outside of the coverage area of your service provider’s towers. You can still get service with that phone in other areas because your service provider has made a deal with another service provider to allow their phones to use the other’s network. For example, when a Sprint phone is not in range of a Sprint tower, the phone can connect to a Verizon town and still have service. This is called roaming. Sprint doesn’t charge anything extra for roaming, so it isn’t a big deal, but it does happen all the time.

    What I find more interesting about the phone is the fact that Ted’s phone is besides appearing to be an Android phone, there doesn’t seem to be an SD card inserted into the phone and it is connected to Wi-Fi. Pretty much every Android phone comes with an SD card in it. Also, why would some random restaurant have an open Wi-Fi,and why would Ted connect to it if he isn’t suppose to be using the internet for anything?

    • May 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      @Noldona: I guess with my prepaid T-Mobile line it doesn’t let me roam on AT&T so thanks for that.

      You’re right that it is weird that it is connected to Wi-Fi and that he doesn’t have an SD card inserted but I didn’t consider it out there enough to mention mainly because people do strange things with their phones. I have fixed/given tech support for a lot of different people’s phones and computers over the years and you’d be amazed at the different setups I have seen.

  2. kaila
    May 24, 2012 at 4:05 am

    They also have the website http://www.itwasthebestnightever.com/ when robin and barney had a date with marshall and lily 🙂

  3. kaila
    May 24, 2012 at 4:06 am

    and if you google lorenzo von matterhorn you’ll see all the websites and articles barney was talking about

  4. November 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm
  5. Pat
    March 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    this one also exists – from the episode where Marshall sets up a website for Lily to sell her clothes

    http://www.guyforceshiswifetodressinagarbagebagforthenextthreeyears.com/

  6. Joe
    May 1, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Theory: After Ted, Janet took the site down—she didn’t want any more guys getting intimidated by her awesomeness. Hence why the HIMYM team didn’t build it.

  1. May 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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