les horribles cernettes

Beyond it being a terrible work of photoshop?

It was the first picture ever uploaded to the web. This. This picture. I think I genuinely imagined that picture would be Bill Gate’s face, or, I don’t know, perhaps a sun rising. But it was, in fact, Les Horrible Cernettes, a comedy band. The photograph was taken by Silvano de Gennaro, was an IT developer at CERN who worked near Tim Berners-Lee and the other scientists who had invented the Web and made it public in 1991. It was uploaded in 1992. In a weird bit of trivia, Gennaro took the picture because Tim Berners-Lee was was a pantomime in the Cernette’s amateur operatic society, where he dressed as a woman. So, crossdressing is the reason the first picture ended up on the Internet. I feel pretty good about this.