The first photo ever on the Internet

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    Jul 11, 2012 1:55 AM GMT
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    What was the first photo ever on the Internet? Les Horribles Cernettes! The CERN-linked musical group will play last-ever concert on July 14 to celebrate photo's 20th anniversary

    The image contains a photo of a comedic musical group known as Les Horrible Cernettes. The group consisted of both admin assistants and significant others of scientists at the CERN laboratory in Geneva.
    By Christine Roberts / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    The first photo to ever be uploaded to the Internet is, not surprisingly, pretty underwhelming.

    The image, uploaded by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee in 1992, was edited on a color Mac in version one of Photoshop and saved as a .gif, according to Mother Board.

    Now the rudimentary photo is experiencing a rather small-scale revival as it celebrates its 20th birthday on July 18.

    "It's sort of terrible and charming," Lesley Martin, a photo scholar at the Aperture Foundation, told Mother Board after she was shown the picture for the first time.

    The image contains a photo of a comedic musical group known as Les Horrible Cernettes. The group consisted of both admin assistants and significant others of scientists at the CERN laboratory in Geneva.

    Silvano de Gennaro, an IT developer at CERN, took the photo of the Cernettes while he was backstage at the Hardronic Music Festival, an event organized by CERN's administrators, on July 18, 1992.

    "When history happens, you don't know that you're in it," de Gennaro told Mother Board.

    The musical group, which became pretty popular among members of the European physics community in the early '90s, caught the attention of Berners-Lee when he befriended one of the group's members, Colette Marx-Nielsen.

    Marx-Nielsen was also part of an amateur operatic society that Berners-Lee belonged to. He was a pantomime for the group, often dressing up for audiences as a woman.

    When Berners-Lee began developing a new version of the World Wide Web that supported photos , he turned to de Gennaro, who had been playing with the Cernettes photo on version one of Photoshop.

    "The Web, back in '92 and '93, was exclusively used by physicists," de Gennaro told Mother Board. "I was like, 'Why do you want to put the Cernettes on that? It's only text!' And he said, 'No, it's gonna be fun!'"

    Berners-Lee then uploaded the image to a Web page about CERN's musical acts without issue, changing the way the Web looks forever with one seemingly insignificant photo.

    The original version of the image has since disappeared. The Mac it was edited on died in 1998.

    But the Cernettes, who are performing at their last-ever concert on July 14, still take pride in it.

    "I kinda put it out sometimes and say, 'Well, I'm in the first photograph on the World Wide Web.' People don't really care," Marx-Nielsen said. "I suppose it had to be somebody, and it just happened to be us."
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    Jul 11, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    My first photo on the internet was nude.

    Fuck that photo.
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    Jul 11, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidWhat was the first photo ever on the Internet? Les Horribles Cernettes!

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    Everyone knows it was a lolcat.
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    Jul 11, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    omg haute!!!
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    Jul 11, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    getnassty saidomg haute!!!
    About as hot as a comet compared to a supernova.
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    Jul 11, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
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    getnassty saidomg haute!!!
    About as hot as a comet compared to a supernova.


    im so sorry you're jealous, but excuse their beauty! ♥
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    Jul 11, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    getnassty said
    paulflexes said
    getnassty saidomg haute!!!
    About as hot as a comet compared to a supernova.


    im so sorry you're jealous, but excuse their beauty! ♥
    If you want to call that beauty, you're more than welcome to.

    However, I disagree. Like, "OMG those are chicks" type of disagree, which is like totally the mostest highest form of disagreement in the gay world.
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    Jul 11, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    And I thought this was the first pic..

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    Jul 11, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAnd I thought this was the first pic..

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    He looks strikingly similar to the only guy I met who's picture was totally not him. His picture was awesome, but in person he was more like a Paula Deen wannabe with a computer.
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    It wasn't porn???
    That's almost implausible.