No Cats?: The First Picture Uploaded To The Internet

July 11, 2012

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Apparently this is the first picture ever uploaded to the internet. Surprisingly it's not a cat, tit, or man's peenor. Hey -- I'm as shocked as you are. Apparently the internet was born much maturer than it is now and has been digressing ever since. Think Benjamin Button, but with no "smexy Brad Pitt in his prime" stage in the middle.

Taken by IT developer Silvano de Gennaro, the photo is a shot of Les Horrible Cernettes, a comedy band that rocked out nearby Geneva's CERN laboratory from 1992.


The story goes like this: Gennaro had shot the photo with a Canon EOS 650 and it just so happened Tim Berners-Lee (father of the Internet) was also working on a new version of the Web (one that could handle photos). Berners-Lee, desperate for a good test photo to try out on his new Web hit up Gennaro's desk. Lucky for Berners-Lee, Gennaro was fooling around with a scanned GIF of the photo on Photoshop 1.0 on a Mac.

Wow, that was anticlimactic. Also, I guess you could LOOSELY classify the image as boobs since the ladies are kind of putting their chests on display. There's just...not a lot of chest to go around. Even Jesus would have a hard time feeding 5,000 people with those things.

Hit the jump for a BONUS Los Horrible Cernettes (LHC -- just like the collider!) music video from the era just in case you forgot what the 90's were like.

Thanks to Brandon, dunc, hAirwolf (don't think I don't see what you did there) and Alan, who agree a shot of a cat hiding between the cushions of a couch really would have set a better precedent for the interwebs to come.

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