While most experts would jump at the opportunity to tell you that the Internet is a relatively new invention, apparently not all places on the World Wide Web agree. The Institute of Internet History clearly describes the foundations being set as far back as 1839. That's when Aldophus B. Huxley came up with the idea of creating better punch cards, which led to a "steam pattern system" the following year.
Of course, all of this is false, but it sounds good. The Institute of Internet History explains other early breakthroughs, including setting up network clusters of steam patterns, the Great Expansion of the Internet out west and the rush to upgrade after electricity was made readily available. For those of you not paying attention, this information is false as well, but pretty funny.
If you really want to know about the history of the Internet, check out the Internet Society All About The Internet page, complete with a list of links.
And no, Al Gore didn't invent the Internet, and in fact, he never even made that comment. Others not involved in the birth of the Internet include Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and J.P. Morgan.