IETF’s RFC process has almost always been a good place to get a laugh, come April 1st – and this year is not an exception: I present to you RFC 5241 – Naming Rights in IETF Protocols which discusses (to some merit, one might say) the requirements and methods by which the IETF might lease protocol field names to commercial interests.
A few examples presented by the authors of the RFC include:
Princess Cruise Lines Port Number,
Sharpie Marker field and
White & Day Mortuary Time-to-live. Additionally RFC 5241 scores bonus points by referring to RFC 3514 :-).
Determining whether RFC 5242 is an April Fool’s post is left as an exercise to the reader.