The slithering, ravenous, poisonous monster that is the modern internet had to start somewhere. For a glorious couple of decades, it was just a bunch of nerds doing nerd stuff: playing pranks, making a quick buck, and trying to score some weed.

As we now know, it's evolved into something much more sinister. But here are a few milestones from the early internet that were actually kinda cute, in hindsight:

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The first e-mail: 1971 0.000000 CRACKEDON The first few missives sent using the symbol were messages from programmer Ray Tomlinson to... himself. He s

The first SPAM: 1978 SPAM P5% LESS SODIUM THAN SPAMO CLASSIG CRACKED COM It took 7 years from the first e-mail for the first SPAM to start clogging up
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