Friday, July 13, 2012

Picture Perfect: First Image Ever Posted to the WWW Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The very first photograph ever uploaded to a newly-invented marvel known as the Internet is celebrating its 20th Anniversary!

No, the photo isn't of dancing hamsters or LOLcats, nor is it of a geek singing "Numa Numa", but rather a photograph of a surprisingly comely quartet of female scientists from the Large Hadron Collider project in Switzerland known by the acronym CERN.

Yes, those super-intelligent people responsible for discovering the much-anticipated "God Particle" AKA Higgs Boson are also responsible for the very first image to be uploaded online for the entire world to see and enjoy.

The photograph was uploaded by CERN IT technician Silvano de Gennaro and is a mock-up of an album cover featuring the faux all-girl band called Les Horribles Cernettes.

"My colleague asked me for a few scanned photos of the CERN Girls to publish them on some sort of information system he had just invented called the World Wide Web," Gennaro explains. “I had only a vague idea of what that was, but I scanned some photos on my Mac and FTPed them…how was I to know that I was passing a historical milestone as the… first picture ever to be clicked on in a web browser?”

20 years later, the photograph still endures, giving all of the millions of people tagged in those "Epic Fail" photographs a good reason to cringe knowing their humiliation will live perpetuity!

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