First website photo was not porn

Scientists do all right with the ladies. (CERN)

Scientists do all right with the ladies, despite those guys on The Big Bang Theory. (CERN)

CERN, aka the European Organization for Nuclear Research, may be comprised of some of the smartest people on Earth, despite their inability to figure out how acronyms are supposed to work.

Recently, they announced “our understanding of the universe is about to change” because some super tiny particle only they understand allegedly exists. I won’t bore you with the details, but it has something to do with someone named Higgs’ bosom.

Speaking of bosoms, CERN, 20 years ago this week, also posted the first picture ever on a website.

Tim Berners-Lee, who has a hyphenated last name even though he’s not a liberated woman, worked with Al Gore to create the first web client (aka web browser) and server in 1990. That turned out to be a pretty big deal. Without that, you’d probably be reading this on a cave wall or something equally primitive like a dead tree.

Two years later, Berners-Lee posted the first picture to a website. As one might expect, the picture was of attractive women in an alluring pose.

But, it was not porn. That probably happened about 30 minutes after Berners-Lee went public with his idea for a World Wide Web in 1991.

ABC News reports the first online photo is of “a comedic musical group composed of girlfriends and secretaries of CERN scientists.” Just to show you how long ago this happened, Berners-Lee used something called a “floppy disk” to transport the image from a co-workers computer to the server.

For more than 20 years, the cleverly-named Cernettes comedic group has performed such musical classics as “My Sweetheart is a Nobel Prize” and “Every Proton of You.”

The group’s long run ends with a concert July 21 at CERN, probably the same day the “Oh My God This Isn’t Funny” particle is discovered.

11 comments Add your comment

richard

July 12th, 2012
10:03 am

Knowing that Al Gore was involved I have to say this story is not true.

Atlanta Native

July 12th, 2012
10:06 am

George, you are funny here. And nice to be reminded of that 1990 fateful date… the year before my first child was born – confirming the birth of the Internet generation.

J

July 12th, 2012
10:11 am

Brunettes with Brains – NOTHING Hotter!

I’d download THAT for a dollar!

Kar

July 12th, 2012
10:18 am

Nerds. It figures.

They’re also the ones that first showed us the potential of webcams. Even if it’s just to see if the coffee pot is empty.

StottsEra

July 12th, 2012
10:25 am

that’s basically porn

DMA82

July 12th, 2012
10:42 am

@richard……not sure if serious.

Danny O

July 12th, 2012
11:28 am

Al Gore, along with Berners-Lee and others, was inducted into the Internet hall of Fame in April.

markie mark

July 12th, 2012
11:51 am

As an IBM’er sitting here doing server support for north america as we speak….to find out that Al Gore is in the Internet Hall of Fame?…..damn….just damn….

JS114

July 12th, 2012
12:10 pm

It’s the Higgs Boson, not bosom…

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