Broken Internet?

There is something funny going on with upcoming generic top level domains (gTLDs), they seem to be looked up in a strange manner (at least on latest Linux). For example:

ping chrome 

or

ping nexus 

returns 127.0.53.53.

While existing official gTLDs don’t (ping dental returns “unknown host” as expected). I first thought it was a network misconfiguration, but as I am not the only one to notice this, it’s likely a genuine internet issue.

Strange times.

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