Ambigram Domains

July 25, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, Weird 5,602 views

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6q.bg (thumbnail)The other day, someone found my blog from google.bg. Rather than think, “Oh, that’s Bulgarian Google. I know someone who is moving to Bulgaria,” the first thought that I had was, “Hey, lowercase ‘bg’ has a rotational ambigram equivalent!” For those of you that are not typeface junkies and haven’t read Angels and Demons, an ambigram is a word that, when written down, has some symmetry. It can be mirror symmetry, like “MOM”, where the left side is the mirror image of the right, or “BOID”, where the top is the mirror image of the bottom. Or it can be rotational, where the word reads the same way if you rotate it 180°. What follows is all about rotational ambigrams.

So I challenged myself to figure out what the rotational ambigram of “bg” was without rotating a piece of paper. I’m rather disappointed to say that, although my brain had immediately recognized that there was one, I went though several guesses involving “p” and “d” before figuring it out. The answer, is, of course, “6q”. And it still took me another hour to realize that “bg” is just a slight variation on the most famous numerical rotational ambigram of all.

6q.bg

From here, I started wondering what rotational ambigram internet domains were available. I thought of suggesting to my Bulgaria-bound friend that he should try to register 6q.bg when he gets there and meets the requirements for getting a country-specific domain. When I was thinking about other domain suffixes with rotational possibilities (the common .org, .com, and .net suffixes don’t work), I realized that, if capital letters were used, Spain’s suffix would work!

S3.ES

I checked, though, and Spain’s domain registrar does not allow two-letter domains, so I can’t register s3.es. Of course any rotationally symmetrical letter can be added in there. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to come up with any actual words that make sense. S3POd.ES? S3Z.ES? And yes, X works, too.

I just thought I’d share some of these incredibly nerdy thoughts that I have occasionally.

 
  • Ambiguy

    Another cool one would be ‘aw.me’ (although it only works in its lower case form). However, I don’t think two letter domain names are permitted.

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    Huh! I hadn’t noticed the a?e rotational symmetry, which shows what a novice I am at this.

    I guess tau.net, in the proper font, would work then too.

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    I saw the word “SNOW” upside down today, which spells “MONS”.

    Some more brainstorming from my paper pad today:

    ziq.biz ??

    Other letters in the middle don’t help the pronounceability: ziquexan.biz. :-)

  • http://nagfa.blogspot.com nagfa

    Hi, this is a good reflective post. Yes, do have discovered another naturally-occuring ambigram.

    some possible ambigram you could try might include ‘mayhem’, ‘awesome’, and (with minimal manipulation): ‘murphyslaw’!

    oh, and ‘jetaime’ could rotate (almost) effortlessly into ‘a winter’.

    we design ambigrams.

    salam (peace)
    nagfa
    singapore

  • http://www.todorrobot.com/ Tod

    more of a reflective, and doesn’t include the .com: http://www.todorrobot.com/

  • Allen

    What about sn*.us? sno.us, snoso.us, and so on.

  • http://t2o.blogspot.com RichM

    we.am
    ne.oxo.au
    5n.pw.md.us

    I’m still trying, and failing, to picture that ‘murphyslaw’ one.

  • http://nagfa.blogspot.com nagfa

    Hi,

    for RichM:

    for the murphy’s law ambigram, you could try:

    http://nagfa.blogspot.com/search?q=murphy%27s+law

    ..and scroll down a bit.

    nagfa

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    Allen, as far as I know you can’t just put anything before .us. RichM has done well to find an “ambigramable” state abbreviation.

  • http://t2o.blogspot.com RichM

    Thanks for clearing up that murphyslaw one. It’s a tricky font indeed that can map an “s” to a “p.”

    Surprised to see that someone’s already squatting on s3x.es at this time.

  • http://deepgreenseas.blogspot.com Tina

    My head just exploded.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/neilsingapore/ neil

    How about 66.gg

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    But .gg isn’t a root domain, is it? That’s the trick: finding a rotatable root domain.

  • http://palnatoke.org Ole

    .gg belongs to Guernsey – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.gg

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    Very good, Ole! I was too lazy to look it up and the only double-G place name that came to mind was the Galapagos Islands.

    You could almost mock Google with something like 66.oogl6oo.gg

  • http://ap.xozzox.de xozzox

    why did no one think of .de as root domain??? Luckily I live in Germany, so this was obvious for me. So now there exists
    ap.xozzox.de
    as an ambigram domain, and also a fully qualified URL:
    http://ap.xozzox.de//:dtty
    I did not find any reference to another actually implemented ambigram domain. Does anyone here (if someone is still around…) know of any?

    • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

      Ha! The :dtty on the end is a nice touch.

    • http://ap.xozzox.de xozzox

      I found one other ambigrammatic URL:
      http://graner.net/nicolas/selcoiu/tau.jauejb//:dtty

      Nicolas Graner thought about this in 2001 and also created a palindromic URL (as I have also with ed.xozzox.de)

  • http://www.flipscript.com Mark

    Xozzox,

    Wouldn’t it have been easier to skip the subdomain completely and just get:

    ap.de

    I also don’t see a web site at that domain (but I’m too lazy to do a whois to see if its available)

    Fully formed, it would be:

    http://ap.de//:dtty

    Seems a lot simpler than adding a long middle word.

    • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

      Rather unbelievably, ap.de is available!

      It wouldn’t be a bad place for some enterprising German to host yet another url shortening service.

      • http://ap.xozzox.de xozzox

        unfortunately, the German domain name registry does not allow for two letter domains (like many other registrars). So the reason why ap.de is not taken its becaus it can’t be registered…
        I chose xozzox as the primary domain name for my sites xozzox.com and xozzox.de because of its symmetry properties (there aren’t too many possibilities left for both the .com and .de top level domains). Only later I realized that I could expand this to true ambigrammatic (and palindromic) domains.

  • moimonnom com

    moimonnom.com

    ambigram logo and

    domain