Remembering Les Horribles Cernettes, who gave us the first picture on the world wide web

Remembering Les Horribles Cernettes, who gave us the first picture on the world wide web July 18, 2019

 

 

As it happens, it was today, the 18th of July, 1992 that the first picture was posted to the World Wide Web. The image was of Les Horribles Cernettes, Angela Higney, Michele de Gennaro, Colette Marx-Neilsen, and Lynn Veronneau.

And here is the picture.

The group was, according to Wikipedia, “an all-female parody pop group, self-labelled “the one and only High Energy Rock Band”, which was founded by employees of CERN and performed at CERN and other HEP-related events. Their musical style is often described as doo-wop. The initials of their name, LHC, are the same as those of the Large Hadron Collider, which was later built at CERN.”

As an example of their work, here’s “Surfing on the Web,” published in 1993, when there were fewer than a hundred websites in the world.

Among their classics:

 

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