What is “Internet” anyway?

This video popped up on YouTube last month, but has been making the blog rounds in the past few days. It’s a clip from a 1994 episode of The Today Show, featuring Brian Gumbel trying his best to wrap his head around this “Internet” thing (and that weird little @ symbol).

“What, do you write to it? Like mail?”

So, fess up. For those of you who are old enough to not have grown up with it, where did you first hear about the Internet? Did the concept make any sense? As for me, I saw an ad for Prodigy in the back of a Babysitter’s Club book.