Steve Jobs had just been pruning apple trees in Oregon which led him to call his company Apple. β€œIt sounded fun, spirited, and not intimidating. Apple took the edge off the word computer, ” Jobs said. β€œPlus, it would get us ahead of Atari in the phone book.” thefiscaltimes.com/Articl…
In 2001, Pizza Hut become the first company in the world to deliver its food to outer space, they paid a million dollars to send a salami pizza to the International Space Station (ISS). news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
A company called Tweeter had its most active stock trading day in its history five years after it went out of business, after traders mistook their stock for that of Twitter, causing the price of the defunct company's shares to rise 1,000% retaildive.com/news/6-ret…
Despite not being involved with the company for decades, Steve Wozniak remains an employee at Apple and still gets a salary because nobody will fire him youtu.be/7uiorHMqcy0?t=30…
Beer bottles are brown as it blocks out the sun's rays and helps preserve the taste. A shortage of brown glass after the Second World War meant higher quality beer makers chose green to distinguish themselves from the companies using clear glass. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
Today I learned of "floating armories". Private military companies providing security against Somali pirates will station ships full of weapons in international waters. Other ships pick up and drop off weapons in the middle of the ocean, to avoid illegally bringing weapons into anyone's territorial waters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
It’s legal in the US for companies to sell or lease human bodies that have been β€œdonated to science.” Many donated bodies have to be paid for by researchers, and funeral homes earn a kickback for every β€œdonation.” reuters.com/article/us-us…
That a Japanese ice cream company created a commercial to publicly apologize about needing to raise the price of their ice cream bars for the first time in 25 years from 60 yen to 70 yen independent.co.uk/news/bu…
Juice Company Dumped 12,000 Tonnes Of Orange Peels On Virtually Lifeless Soil, 16 Years Later, It Turned Into A Lush Forest boredpanda.com/12000-tonn…
The Goodyear Tire company was not founded by Charles Goodyear, the inventor of the rubber vulcanizing. Charles had died penniless trying in vain to protect his patents. Brothers Frank and Charles Seiberling started the rubber company in 1898 and named it in honor of Goodyear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" was inspired by an older woman Stewart describes as a sexual predator who took his virginity at a jazz festival when he was 16. Though his record company thought Maggie May had no commercial potential, it went on to become #1 in the US and the UK in October, 1971. biography.com/news/rod-st…
In 2010 a gunman took people hostage inside the Discovery Channel HQ. His reasoning was because he hated the company's shows such as "Kate Plus 8" because they promote population growth and its environmental programming because it did little to save the planet. statesboroherald.com/worl…
In 2005, U.S. restaurants become eligible to earn Michelin stars for the first time. Michelin stars was a marketing strategy of the tyre company, Michelin in which they began publishing the travel guide in Europe in 1900 to encourage new drivers to take road trips to local attractions. ice.edu/blog/michelin-sta…
Raven the chimpanzee appeared in the 2009 Guinness World Records book as the most successful chimpanzee on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. She became the 22nd most successful money manager in the USA. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
An oil exploration company dug up seamonkey cysts in the 1990's while drilling near the Great Salt Lake that were radiocarbon dated to be 10,000 years old, and when the cysts were placed in water, some of them hatched. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
A town in Texas renamed itself to Dish in 2005 for 10 years of free television service from the company Dish network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Adidas bought the iconic three stripe design from Finnish sportswear company Karhu for two bottles of whiskey and equivalent of 1600 euros en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
The founders of an Italian clothing company named their brand "Steve Jobs" when they discovered that Apple has never trademarked his name. theverge.com/tldr/2017/12…
Independent filmmakers fled New Jersey around 1915 to California, both for the advantageous climate and to get away from Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patent Company, who's heavy handed demands included the use of Mob thugs to demand payments on cameras, projectors and the films themselves. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Hershey Ice Cream Company is a completely separate entity from the Hershey Chocolate Company, despite both being founded in Lancaster County in the same year by unrelated men named Hershey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In Japan, you can hire a handsome man to watch sappy movies with you and wipe away your tears. The company, "Ikemeso Danshi," (Handsome Weeping Boys) was born out of the idea that crying can be therapeutic and showing off your vulnerability can make you work better as a team. bbc.com/news/magazine-371…
An Australian beer company had to change the design of its beer bootle because male jewel beetles were mating with the bottle thinking it was a female. This odd behaviour was observed in 1983 by two biologists. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Cheerwine is the "Oldest Continuing Soft Drink Company Still Operated by the same Family." salisburypost.com/2011/04…
Today I learned of Dominomus, a female house sparrow that flew into a convention center in Netherlands and caused 23,000 of the dominos being prepared for β€œDomino Day 2005” to be knocked over. A hunting company hired to capture the bird failed, and finally just shot it, sparking an animal rights controversy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Kanye West's $1.3 billion net worth in Forbes is based on his shoe company Yeezy being worth $1.26 billion if it was sold. He has $17 million in cash. nme.com/news/music/kanye-…
The family-owned Roman Candy Company in New Orleans began selling its gourmet taffy in 1915 at 5 cents a stick and it stayed at that price until 1970. The mule-drawn original wagon can still be seen rolling through the streets of New Orleans and surrounding areas on an almost daily basis. romancandy.com/
Hasbro (the toy company behind the likes of My Little Pony and Furby) owns Death Row Records, which includes the rights to records by Tupac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg. vice.com/en/article/884am…
Today I learned about Yaupon, a holly bush indigenous to the south-east United States. It was once the most widely consumed caffeinated beverage in the Americas, so popular that the British East India Company deemed it a threat to their control of the tea market. bbc.com/travel/story/2021…
Vivendi (the media conglomerate that owns Universal Music Group, Dailymotion, Gameloft, etc.) was founded by decree of emperor Napoleon III in 1853 as a water supply company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viv…
Today I learned about the Quadro Tracker, a metal antenna hinged to a hollow plastic handle bought by police in the 90s for $400-$8000/unit. The manufacturer claimed the antenna would swivel to point towards a sought object or person. The fraud was exposed in 1996 and the company executives acquitted in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
In 1971, a young hacker named John Draper discovered that the toy whistles found in Captain Crunch cereal boxes were capable of mimicking the tones used by phone companies, allowing him to make free phone calls. sites.psu.edu/thedeepweb/…
Slack was originally a video game company, created the unprofitable MMO "Glitch," and repurposed internal game tools to create their Fortune 500 chat app now worth $24bn. mashable.com/article/slac…
The oldest company in the world has been operating since 578 AD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Director of Research wrote in a private internal memo that the warning labels on cigarettes helped boost sales with young adults who love taking risks and believe they are "immortal" industrydocuments.ucsf.ed…
Today I learned about the Decoy Effect where companies give a decoy options to nudge consumers to purchase the target option. It is when we are choosing between two alternatives, the addition of a third, less attractive options (decoy) can influence our perception of the original two choices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Berkshire Hathaway was a failing textile business. The chairman at the time offered to buy Warren Buffet's stake, but changed his offer last minute. Angered, Buffet bought more, taking control of the company and firing the chairman. Berkshire Hathaway is now the 8th largest company in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
In 1995, after the U.S. Congress attempted to deny foreign aid to Turkey, the mayor of Izmir, Turkey banned the sale of Dole bananas, mistakenly believing that then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole owned the fruit company. sfgate.com/news/article/M…
At the peak of the financial crisis of 2008 Volkswagen became the most valuable company in the world for one day despite being on the brink of bankruptcy moxreports.com/vw-infinit…
The expedition that in 1988 found the wreck of the SS Central America and recovered large amounts of gold from it were promptly sued by 39 insurance companies that had paid for damages after its sinking 1857 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
That, after hearing Leonard Cohen's album including "Hallelujah," the head of CBS Records said it wasn't good enough for a U.S. release. Years later, accepting an award, Cohen thanked his record company by saying, β€œI have always been touched by the modesty of their interest in my work.” newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Heroin was sythesized, named, commercialized and marketed by Bayer, the pharmaceutical company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Fortune 500 companies with strong growth profiles are more likely to engage in financial fraud than smaller, struggling companies news.wsu.edu/2021/02/02/b…
When it opened in 1955, Disneyland featured an educational attraction themed around the history of women's underwear, sponsored by the Hollywood-Maxwell Brassiere Company. It even featured its own animatronic mascot, the Wonderful Wizard of Bras. yesterland.com/wizard.htm…
A man was forced to give up his Dunkin' Donuts shop after he refused to sell breakfast sandwiches with bacon, ham or sausage. Dunkin’ had accommodated his beliefs for years, until 2002 when the company told him he must sell all their products theguardian.com/world/200…
Ed McMahon was never the spokesperson for the Publishers Clearing House, nor has any association with the company. He was the spokesperson for a competitor company, American Family Publishers, which had basically the same kind of promotion. thebalanceeveryday.com/ed…
Saving Private Ryan (1998) was inspired by the story of the Niland brothers. Ryan was based on "Fritz" who served in the 101st Airborne Division and was close friends with Warren Muck and Donald Malarkey from E Company, 506th, later featured in Hanks and Spielberg's Band of Brothers (2001) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nil…
Nintendo created an entire factory for the sole purpose of creating Virtual Boy consoles. It expected to sell 1.5 million units of the Virtual Boy within its first year. The Virtual Boy sold a total of 770,000 units during its entire lifetime. It is the company's worst-selling console. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
A woman won $10,000 for reading the terms of an insurance policy. The company included a clause in the terms indicating that the first person to email them would win the prize. Other companies have included clauses requiring people to community service for connecting to free Wi-Fi. npr.org/2019/03/08/701417…
When the FBI went undercover to expose the McDonald's Monopoly promotion scam that occurred between 1989-2001 they posed as a production company that interviewed supposed winners for TV commercials and named it Shamrock Productions with the byline β€œβ€˜Cause you’re just lucky” printed on their van. decider.com/2020/02/04/mc…

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