A NY librarian popularized web surfing
Not actually web surfing but the term “web surfing”.
Even though we can’t be certain who the first person to ever say the term was, Jean Armour Polly, a New York librarian, is usually credited with coining the term because she popularized it.
Polly apparently came up with it while writing about accessing the web… with an Apple mouse pad with the image of a surfer. Now you see where she got the idea, don’t you?
The term is still used today although others like “browsing” are more common. In Spanish, the term navegar (sailing) is widely used.
Minitel: France’s own internet
Minitel was a groundbreaking service which brought online banking, travel reservations (and yes, even porn!) to millions of users during the ’80s.
Long before the birth of the internet we now know, France had its own internet, which allowed the French to shop and do many other things online before the rest of the world -or at least most of it, since other countries had similar services, such as as Videotel (Italy), Ibertex (Spain), and Prestel (UK).
Most of them died out in the ’90s and Minitel was finally switched off in 2012.
NASA’s internet connection reached 91gb per second
You might have heard or read articles stating that NASA’s internet connection is 13,000 faster than yours (at least, the average American’s: 6,6mb per second).
But truth is that NASA actually reached 91 gigabits per second on a specific connection during an experiment, between SC13 in Denver and the NASA Goddard facility in Maryland. This was possible thanks to the ESnet, which allows site-to-site file transfer at up to 100 gigabits per second.
So yeah, it is faster than yours and mine but not that fast!