wheel - 1:09 am on Jul 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
I've got lots of old dropped domains. Luv them so much maybe I'll just marry them. But I think (can't confirm) that they used to work but now Google resets on the drop. Pretty sure that's what I heard, I haven't looked at .com drops in quite a while.
But what's the cost of a domain registration? $10? Buy it, put some content on it, and let it sit a year, see what happens.