#404 – Not found

I’ve seen lots of crazy snow storms on the news these past few years. The famous one in my area is “The blizzard of 79.” I was only 5 at the time so I don’t remember it as well as my dad does. There are a few vivid memories that have survived. When our driveway was shoveled out the snow was taller than the car. It was carved out like a trench and it reminded me of the death star. The tallest pile of snow was right in front of our front door. I climbed up on top of it and I could see onto the roof of the house. I walked around for a bit and then suddenly sank into the snow up to my shoulders and couldn’t move. Luckily my dad was right there and pulled me out.

I’m trying out Twitter to see what it’s like. You can see the feed to the right under the tower ad.


0 thoughts on “#404 – Not found”

  1. ZainBladeHavoc says:

    p.s. snow gets that low?

  2. the Scarf says:

    I LOVE the title!
    We don’t get too much snow here, and I’m not old enough to remember any cool blizzards. I went up to the mountains with my girlscout troop (I was 9) and I spent my time digging out a snow cave in a drift. I had made it big enough for two people two curl up really tightly inside, but this idiotic girl (whom I still hate) Jumped on it and made it go away.

  3. PsychoDuck says:

    404 Not Found… Brilliant!

    And man, wherever Biff is, I wish I was there! I love snow so much… But we’ve only had two or three decent snowfalls this year… And we’re in CANADA!!! What the heck, man?

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  4. Kbman says:

    Heh, nice title.

    As for snow, I live in So Cal. (Southern California)
    The closest I get is the occasional Summer Hailstorm.

    Oh, and what happened to this?

  5. Mithras says:

    I’m super claustrophobic, I would be frozen solid in more ways than one in Biff’s position.

    I’ve heard lots of stories about people with snow up to their roofs, I’m really jealous. I love snow, but I’ve never gotten a ridiculous amount like that. But man… falling up to your shoulders in snow? I would have been so scared, just hearing about that makes me shiver!

  6. Kiwi says:

    *open Firefox*
    *go to feeds folder in bookmarks*
    *hover over Biff*
    “#404 – Not found? Oh, must not be ready yet.”
    (Five minutes later)
    *check Biff again, click link, see comic*

    Southern Arizona doesn’t get much (any) snow, so I can thankfully say I’ve never had to deal with snowstorms. Snowed once on ground level last year, though… wasn’t more than a couple of inches, but everyone was pretty much confused. Funny stuff.

  7. Ryan says:

    404 not found. I love it.

    I wish we would get a snowfall that I could do that in.

  8. pieman says:

    super-special-awesome title! do you usually come up with the name or image first?

    that much snow would be great.

    so would barely any snow, we havent had any in ages.

  9. Arix says:

    We never get snow here. Literally, never. We get hail every few years or so, but never once have I experienced snow.

  10. Heinrich says:

    awesome title. great comic.

    at the school i’m going to, the rooms are numbered, and since i’ve discovered that there’s a room 404 i’ve wanted to have a computer science class there. that way, if i ever wanted to not go to that class, i’d have an amusing excuse.

  11. Simon says:

    Great comic. πŸ™‚

    I wish we would get some snow here. Or pandora.com radio.
    Unfortunately, pandora.com and realwinter(tm) were shut down over here.

    Also, my BOOK OF BIFF finally arrived and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Biff. Or books. Or to laugh. Order it already!

  12. Sven says:

    You should’ve gone for a double kill and named yesterday’s comic “Access Denied” πŸ˜‰

  13. Reg says:

    I would have thought for sure Biff would have invented something to get around this. But the comic is funny, never the less!
    (Hey, I rhymed!)

  14. richard says:

    biff works? as what?

  15. colin says:

    the obligatory file not found joke huh?
    tied to the comic alittle, too.
    only you could pull off a joke so hackneyed by the internet with style, chris
    welp, you and biff have survived long enough to get to do that
    i can’t say that about my former webcomic (201, then computer got anihilated)
    i hope you end up with a millenial comic, to be honest

  16. Chris says:

    @Kiwi – Awesome. I hope you weren’t the only one.
    @Simon – Thanks for the endorsement. πŸ™‚

  17. MaskedMan says:


    Techno-puns for my morning giggle!

    I remember the blizard of ’79 quite well – I guess that makes me about 10 years older than you, Chris. I grew up in California, Colorado, and Maryland, so I had some points of comparison, and that storm in Maryland was pretty astonishing, even by Colorado standards.

    ’84 at the Navy Base in North Chicago was another deep winter. No one massive storm, but a series of strong storms, and the path to the galley was a trench – Shoulder deep on a tall man. There were still piles of snow on the ground into June ’85.

    Winter of ’94 in Philadelphia was another bad one. The Schuylkill froze solid (thanks to Public Works dumping megatons of snow into it), and the ice dam made south Philly flood in the middle of the winter.

  18. Gobbledegook says:

    I was only 2 during the blizzard of ’79… I have lots of pictures of me and my brothers that consist of only a single pompom (from our hats) with my dad in the background frantically trying to get to us so he could pull us out.
    The look on his face is priceless… a mix of unadulterated panic and raucous laughter. At least he went to help us (Thanks for not going for the camera first, Mom… sheesh).

  19. Daniel says:

    I live in Arizona but I come from Michigan. The exact same thing happened to me when I was 5. The only difference was no one was there to pull me out for a couple minutes. πŸ™ Also, it took me a minute to get the title. I’m thinking, “I guess ‘Not Found’ has to do with being lost in snow.” Then I thought about it and laughed as I copied Kiwi’s facepalm.

  20. Seraphine says:

    Luckily Biff has those eyebrows,
    which double as feelers…

  21. Kit-Kun says:

    We’ve never got that much snow. Maybe a foot or two at the most. Fun, if cold. I wish we could get that much snow you got though. I’d dig out a little road and get my sister lost in there. Good thing your dad was there to save you.

  22. Dan says:

    I don’t know if you somehow sabotaged your server so it would take 20 times as long to load, but given the title joke I’ll forgive you if you did. (It is perhaps more likely that my interweb is just being slow, but I found the situation ironic.)

  23. Silfedac says:

    Luckies. The most snow I ever remember seeing at once was a foot. No school for a week.

    Nice job with the title, though.

  24. Robot Panda says:

    You had no school for a week because of a measly foot of snow? What?

    >____o Last year we had a buttload of snow [for Indiana] and we didn’t even get a two hour delay.

    Anyway. If we ever got snow that deep, I’d make a maze! πŸ˜€ Just to mess with people.

  25. Radical Edward says:

    Good pun.

    When I was about 9 years old, I lived in New Jersey and where I lived, there was a blizzard that locked us into our apartment.

    That was when my father decided to move us to Washington state

  26. Ela says:

    The title, is SO awesome.. Snow is great, but the ice left over on the ground after it melts a little is terrible, especially on my way to school. That’s why I’m usually late. And I live a block away.

  27. St.J says:

    404 not found.

    haha clever.

  28. Shiloh says:

    I didn’t even notice the title till people said something about it. Heehee

    The first winter here in Iowa we had 5 feet of snow on the ground before Christmas. I’m only 5’2″ so that’s intimidating. :

  29. Ryan says:

    Wow, you were the for the first winter in Iowa? You must be ooooolllllld!

  30. bAT L. says:

    Wisconsin here. I doubt we’ve had any notable blizzards in my lifetime, but I do remember the snow being taller than me when I was barely six feet and still having to go to school. In fact, I can’t believe we had classes canceled this year after the ice storm. This is the first time I had a snow day in years! I think it’s only the second time I’ve had a snow day in my five years of college.

  31. UberPrinnyBaal says:

    Bwahahah. Me likes the title. =D I wish I had that much snow, but I live in Toronto, which is like pretend Canada. Recently we had a storm that gave us a foot or two (I’m bad at measurement), which was pretty cool and also made it a complete hassle to get anywhere. And my school board will never call a snow day. Ever. So I took the day off anyway. *shrug*

  32. Maximillion says:

    Yeah, I live in the great north of Edmonton. It doesn’t do anything but snow here. By November, there is at least a foot of snow on the ground, at least. I can’t even remember the most snow I’ve seen, but it will have been at least five feet… I think.

    I also just got my book and T-shirt the other day! I was so exited, and I kept the packadging as well, just because it was hand written! Now I can look at it and know that is was written by the Great Chris Hallbeck!

  33. C4Pottery says:

    My area had the blizzard of march 96. It was as tall as I was. Which, at the time was three feet. I envy your blizzard. VA sucks.

  34. pieman says:

    @ kit kat:

    ONLY a foot or two?

    thats loads!

  35. Fred says:

    To get to his work he will need a flaming hammer XD
    Here at my place it snowed once in july and it was historical.
    My grandparents weren’t born when it snowed last time before…
    Now it was TWO WHOLE INCHES of pure white snow in some places hahaha
    I envy Biff in some way =)

  36. Meg says:

    This one’s a good one! Recently my guy friends started looking at this website, so I decided to get my boyfriend the book. I think he’ll really like it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for making this awesome comic!

  37. Meg says:

    Well, the whole website, I should say. Not just the comic. πŸ˜›

  38. some kid says:

    i live in in south florida so i never get snow.EVER
    my dad took me to minisota once though and because i live hear i didnt know to wear gloves and gotfrost bite on boath of my hands.
    kept all my filgers luckly

  39. KuKu says:

    The title is sweet of course, but better yet the comic is like my attempt to get out of the apartment building in the morning. (Whoot Upper Michigan weather)

  40. PsychoDuck says:

    @ UberPrinnyBaal:

    Yeah, I’m in Toronto, too. We need another snowfall, it’s all melting!

    And do you remember the 1998/’99 snowstorm? THAT was AMAZING. Best winter ever.

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  41. UberPrinnyBaal says:

    Toronto never gets enough snow, dood. I mean, it’s enough (I guess) when it does get here, but it only takes a bit of heat or a little rain (like today) to wash it all away. =( I suppose you’d have to go further north to get *real* snow, although at that point it’d probably get to be more and more of a hassle, I’m sure. I don’t have the memory to remember ’99, or really much of anything. *shrug* Ah well. I’m sure it was amazing. =D

  42. birdie says:

    here in new hampshire, we’ve all been warned to shovel off our roofs lest they collapse under the weight of the two or three (i forget) huge storms we’ve had in the past two weeks. actually, in the newspaper this morning, there were stories about several collapses.

  43. Chandlerific says:

    Ice Storm of 98. Welcome to Maine, bring a shovel.

  44. Mega says:

    Pages that don’t exist should automatically redirect to this comic.

  45. Garrett says:

    It makes me so happy that you took advantage of the 404 in this comic. Getting to comic #404 is a once in a lifetime experience. Unless you ever have a second comic that prominently displays the comic number, you only get one chance to make use of it. Congratulations on #404…. hey, where’d ya go? *talked too long*

  46. Garrett says:

    @Mega: Oo! I LIKE that idea!

  47. Rakala says:

    I love your comics Chris! The title on this is hilarious. 404 not found was also mentioned in the British Medical Journal this month…coincidence?http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/335/7633/1295

  48. etherscythe says:

    Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.

    You see, if Biff had a GPS with the coordinates for his workplace, he could get some snowshoes; or fishing pole, a leftover cheese tile, and a ravenous cheese-eating snowmobile monster; and totally make record time going over all the submerged highway dividers and ramping off parked cars or low roofs.

    Alas, forethought has never been his strong suit. Of course, if the snow’s that deep, I’d skip work to make the most awesome snow fort ever. Totally worth it.

  49. Deirdre says:

    I remember the Blizzard of ’78…but I am from New England, where as of today (1/28/08) we have already exceeded the total snowfall from last year. πŸ˜€

  50. Hagen says:

    I live in houston. It has snowed twice in my lifetime. The most recent time it was not even past the sole of my shoes (but it occured on christmas eve). The other time it was almost up to my knees. Of course I was barely two years old…

    On this january day I am in t-shirt and jeans

  51. KZero says:

    Ha ha ha… stuck up to your shoulders. That’s adorable. I bet your dad wished he had a camera.

  52. Purohueso says:

    Here just snow, if you get lucky, once in a couple of years, and when it happens, they just suspend classes with (sorry, I don’t understand that metric system) a few cms, XD…, well, last year it snowed, but wasn’t a surprise: it also snowed on Valparaiso (on the coast) and in the middle of nowhere around CopiapΓ³ (that is…, in the middle of the Atacama desert, XD)

    First post, πŸ˜›

    PS: If you haven’t got it, I’m from Chile, πŸ˜‰

  53. pisixths says:

    haha ‘not found’


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