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Monday, June 19th, 2006

I was looking through some of my server logs today at work and found a bunch of entries from one of Google's web crawlers. The weird part was what pages the bot was requesting.

66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:33] "GET /calendar/?m=12&y=2008 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:34] "GET /calendar/?m=166&y=2006 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:34] "GET /calendar/?m=88&y=2006 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:35] "GET /calendar/?m=7&y=2004 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:35] "GET /calendar/?m=12&y=2003 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:36] "GET /calendar/?m=12&y=2008 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:37] "GET /calendar/?m=74&y=2006 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:37] "GET /calendar/?m=7&y=1992 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:38] "GET /calendar/?m=1&y=2020 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:38] "GET /calendar/?m=175&y=2006 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:39] "GET /calendar/?m=9&y=2011 HTTP/1.1"
66.249.65.51 [19/Jun/2006:00:55:40] "GET /calendar/?m=166&y=2006 HTTP/1.1"

Each of these requests is for my calendar page with different arguments. If you request the page with no arguments you'll be shown the calendar of the current month and year. The "m" argument is for the month and "y" is for the year you wish to view. Check out some of the months and years Google's crawler was requesting: 9/2011, 12/2008, 1/2020 and more interestingly 175/2006, 166/2006, 88/2006 and 74/2006. I've never tested my calendar application with dates such as those, but it actually handles them rather gracefully. Using 13 for the month is handled as January of the next year. So 1/2007 and 13/2006 are the same date to the program. Either way, WTF is the bot doing making requests like that? The bot should only be indexing pages that are linked from other pages; I don't think there is a link anywhere to Harley's calendar for October 2019.

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