Happy Belated Birthday, Internet! Celebrating 23 Years of Porn, Spam and Cats ‘Hazzing’ Cheeseburgers

We owe so much to Tim Berners-Lee, computer nerd extraordinaire from Merry Olde England. Half of it useless, the other half ridiculous. All of it brilliant and life-affirming.

Quite apart from having the most magnificent receding hairline the world of technological fatcats has ever seen, he is the founding father of HyperText Markup Language (HTML). This week –July 7, precision fans!– saw the first successful use of HTML, and the birth of the World Wide Web as we know it.

It’s a powerful force, and one that has to be –but is damn well never– used responsibly. Do we want to drown the world in nerdly forum arguments, pointless trivia, unsolicited emails about viagra and lolcats? DO WE? Hit the gallery for a snark-flavored look at how the Internet has enriched our lives.

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