lucy24 - 8:39 pm on Jul 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
Ah. Mystery solved. So the browser doesn't personally do the rounds of every DNS under the sun; it just asks verisign. It seemed like an awful amount of work to do in under a second (the short but visible time it takes for your browser to put up the "Sorry, can't find any such domain" message). Although I get the impression that all those separate domain-name lookups are the main reason heavily hotlinked pages take so infernally long to load up.