Lost diaries reveal DaVinci invented the internet - Al Gore 'furious'

Funny story written by Helen Tarnation

Monday, 28 December 2009

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Al Gore's invention? Or daVinci's?

Long-lost diaries written by Leonardo daVinci around 1502 reveal that he, rather than Al Gore, invented the internet.

DaVinci was an Italian scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. He has often been described as a man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention -- and the invention of the internet was clearly within his abilities.

On page 302 of the fourth volume of his diaries, daVinci describes 'a numbyr of windowes upon which displaye picatures y textes, withal joyned to tablets with keyes like unto musicall instrumentes, for the control of varied devyces, all furthermore joyned to eache othere, for the sendyng y receivyng of textes y picatures as quichly as flytes of angylls.'

Accompanying that text is a diagram clearly outlining the fundamentals of a computer network, complete with routers, servers and client machines. There is also a basic description of how email may be handled, which closely resembles the POP3 protocol.

'Everybody knows I revealed my creation of the internet during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "Late Edition" program on March 9, 1999', Gore said. 'Anyone who suggests otherwise, such as this daVinci character, is being paid by Exxon to engage in this denialist campaign.'

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