Check out this cheesetastic picture of Les Horrible Cernettes an all-girl parody band who were tearing up the scene back in the 1990s. “The Horrible CERN Girls” who sang “high energy” doo-wop are the subject of the first ever photograph to be uploaded to the net!
These days it is almost impossible to image the internet without pictures, whether they are of celebs doing their thing, people’s cats trying to take over the world or whatever, but it wasn’t always this way. It was 20 years ago that this image became the first one ever to burst onto the web!
You will not be surprised to find out that the reason the Les Horrible Cernettes became the first picture on the net is not because they were world famous or exceptionally talented, but rather that their picture had been taken by IT developer Silvano de Gennaro who worked at CERN.
Gennaro was integral in forming the band and was tinkering around with the picture he had taken with a Canon EOS 650 when his colleague Tim Berners-Lee (the daddy of the internet) sauntered over to his desk in 1992. Berners-Lee was working on a new version of the Web, one that could handle photos and went to Gennaro for a test photo.
Gennaro handed over this picture of Les Horrible Cernettes and the rest as they say, is history. Berners-Lee put it up there and this picture became immortalized at the first ever picture to be uploaded to the web!
Crossdressing, Compression and Colliders: The First Photo on the Web (Via Motherboard)