Lo and behold: the first words on the Internet

Most people know of the Internet only from the mid '90s on. But actually, the Internet started long, long ago, in a galaxy, well, that you live in.

I recently came across a page on UCLA's website that showed the first words uttered on the Internet. The day was Oct. 29, 1969, which also happens to be my mom's birthday. The researchers sent an "l" and an "o" before the system crashed. Apparently they were trying to login, and, much like any old computer I've used, it crashed almost immediately.

It's doubtful to think that anyone involved in the Internet's infancy could have envisioned the ingenuity achieved with today's systems. It's also weird to think that the first "lo" transmitted would amount to such a high later on within the World Wide Web.