I don’t normally do big quotes, but this is too funny not to share:
The island nation of Tuvalu-
population 10,600, with one hotel and one factory producing dried coconut meat-decided to join the web in 1996 and was assigned the international domain suffix “.tv.” A little while later a Los Angeles-based company made Tuvalu an offer it couldn’t refuse: $50 million for rights to the “.tv” suffix. Now Tuvalu has used the money to join the United Nations so they can vote on the only issue that matters much to them: global warming. If global warming trends continue, Tuvalu will disappear under the ocean within 50 years. At the airport in the capital of Funafuti, you can buy a souvenir poster showing the ocean with a solitary flagpole sticking out of it and the legend “Tuvalu was here.” The Tuvaluans are trying to show how ahead of the times they are.