The first ever UI design principal I ever learned was to not use humor in my software or error messages.
To this day I am disgusted by anyone who tries (ie be-bo.com) - aparently I can’t complain about the non hyphen version.
Sure it maybe funny the first few times, but after the 100th time you’ve seen it is just isn’t funny anymore. The fact google made this mistake is a retarded and totally strengthens my dis-like for chrome.
That principal is probably going to stay with me forever as I feel it is probably the only one that can’t be changed because it becomes main stream or that users now understand more complex tasks under a given context.
How would you like it if your online banking software had an error that removed all your money and then made a joke about it. Adding insult to injury? Hell yes. Sure banking software is a little bit of an extreme case but even in the above, you are trying to do something with a google product in a google browser, yet it broke and won’t let you. Then they go and try to make a joke about it? How is that funny.
Sorry if you like it, but to me it is just stupid.