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/…
For 18 months, a village in Wales was mystified as to why their broadband internet crashed at 7am every morning, until engineers "picked up a large burst of electrical interference" springing from one dude turning on his very old TV. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The 2015 Internet phenomenon "The Dress" revealed differences in human colour perception, which have been the subject of ongoing scientific investigations into neuroscience and vision science wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dr…
When David Attenborough's series "Blue Planet II" aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down standard.co.uk/culture/tv…
Today I learned about the Mirai botnet, a network of malware-infected devices that was used to shut down the internet for most of the US East Coast in 2016 and sparked fears of an attack from a hostile state. The botnet's creator? A group of college students trying to get more players on their Minecraft server. csoonline.com/article/325…
Today I learned of Robert Metcalfe, who predicted in 1995 that the Internet would suffer a "catastrophic collapse" next year; he promised to eat his words if it did not. In 1997, he took a printed copy of his column about the collapse, put it in a blender with some liquid and then consumed the pulpy mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 1999, spanning from June 21 to October 25, Reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov played and won against The World Team, a team compromising of 50,000 players in over 75 different countries via the Internet. The game lasted for 62 moves and each player had 24 hours to make a move. theguardian.com/world/gar…
Nyepi, a hindu festival, celebrated in Bali is a national self reflection day which is observed by silence. Surprisingly, tourists are not permitted onto the beaches or streets. telecommunications companies even switch off internet services for a 24 hour period. Airport are closed too. officeholidays.com/holida…
The Soviets stole much of the data for the Space Shuttle Buran by breaking into ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor. NASA developers were using ARPANET to post and exchange design files in the 1970's. youtube.com/watch?v=Ot6Ir…
For unspecified reasons, Bill Hader went uncredited for his role as Spamley in "Ralph Breaks the Internet." When asked about it, the producers played coy about the question as to why he was uncredited. screenrant.com/wreck-it-r…
In 2015, a woman named Diana Airoldi only got her internet fixed after six full weeks after complaining to the CEO of Comcast's mother. bgr.com/2015/02/10/why-is…
Before the internet, Nintendo had "game counselors" - whom you could call if you were stuck in a game and they would coach you through it. games.avclub.com/what-was…
On March 15, 1985, symbolics.com became the first (and currently, since it is still registered, the oldest) registered dot-com domain of the Internet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
Today I learned about Raven the Chimpanzee, she became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In the 1980s, the internet-related term "spam" was adopted to describe certain abusive users who frequented BBSs and MUDs, who would repeat "Spam" a huge number of times to scroll other users' text off the screen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The Soviet Union was issued a top-level internet domain just before its 1991 collapse. The domain was never deactivated and has since become a haven for cybercriminals due to its lack of regulation. gizmodo.com/tons-of-hacke…
In 1987, an engineer used a new computer program β€œrwall” to send a message to his university server. Instead, the program broadcasted the message to every user on the internetβ€”including the Pentagon. catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/4…
Today I learned that though GB is the United Kingdom's ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code (2-letter country code, issued by the International Organization for Standardization), UK is exceptionally reserved for the United Kingdom on the request of the country. Its main usage is the .uk internet ccTLD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO…
The "i" in iMac originally meant "internet" (in 1998) mashable.com/2016/02/19/w…
The U.S Armed Forces is the only military with a top-level domain, a legacy of the United States' military's role in the creation of the Internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.mi…
The Hampsterdance Song (Hampton the Hampster, 2000) is just a bastardization of an early internet meme by Deidre LaCarte on GeoCities in 1998, which itself was a bastardization of an opening song from Disney's Robin Hood (1973) cbc.ca/arts/the-oral-hist…
An ethical hacker called Jim Browning (Alias) routinely tracks down internet scammers who exploit old and vulnerable people online. He managed to shut down a company that scammed people with the help of BBC recently. youtu.be/le71yVPh4uk
It took six years for AndrΓ‘s AratΓ³, AKA "Hide the Pain Harold", a retired electrical engineer to come to terms with his Internet meme status en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
To compose a picture of a black hole in 2019, 5 petabytes of data were used, which took half a ton of hard drives. Part of this data was physically moved by plane. This allowed a transfer of 14 gigabytes per second, which was faster than if data would be transferred through the internet. sixcolors.com/post/2019/0…
In 1998, Swiss watch maker Swatch unsuccesfully tried to launch a new time concept called Swatch Internet Time. According to this, the mean solar day is divided into 1000 parts called '.beats'. The system also elimated time zones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
In 2004 the computer worm "Slammer" almost took down the entire internet in 15 minutes. The malware was very small (404 bytes) and once it infected a server it would send millions of copies to random IP addresses. It caused over $1 billion in damages and the creator has never been identified. virus.wikidot.com/slammer
British Telecom claimed the entire Internet owed them royalties via a patent they registered in 1989. They lost their claim after losing their first lawsuit against Prodigy in 2002. zdnet.com/article/bt-lose…
Thanks to his Internet popularity, the child from the "Success Kid" meme made enough money to fund his dad's kidney transplant. globalnews.ca/news/287087…
Tuvalu is the only country in the world where there is no local television station and they have only one Internet service provider. pressreference.com/Sw-Ur/…
Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads has apologized to the world for creating one of the Internet's most hated forms of advertising. nbcnews.com/tech/tech-new…
Potatoes can absorb Wi-Fi signals, and are even used on airplanes to improve their internet strength. informationin.com/2016/01…
There are 7 primary keyholders of the Internet. Each keyholder is chosen for their geographical spread and Internet security background to ensure that no one country has more keyholders. The keyholders are a last resort option in case something catastrophic happens to the world's Internet. theguardian.com/technolog…
On 13 September 2002, the first known use of the word selfie in any paper or electronic medium appeared in an Australian internet forum – Karl Kruszelnicki's 'Dr Karl Self-Serve Science Forum' – in a post by Nathan Hope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
Today I learned about the "Herbivore Men" of Japan, men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time. sbpress.com/2019/04/herbi…
Today I learned about the 'cyber seat', the world's first park bench with free internet. It was installed in the UK in 2001 by Microsoft. Within days, two teens had plugged their house phone into it, attempting to call Bill Gates to say 'we are calling you from your bench'. They managed to reach his secretary. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
Casey Anthony had β€œfool-proof suffocation methods” in her Firefox search history from the day before her daughter died. Police overlooked this evidence, because they only checked the history in Internet Explorer. cbsnews.com/news/casey-an…
A Philadelphia archivist and activist named Marion Stokes continuously recorded major US channels from 1977 to her death in 2012, eventually filling 9 apartments with 71,716 tapes. The collection is now being digitized by The Internet Archive. Most footage would otherwise be lost forever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned the difference between Mbps and MBps. When Internet providers advertise speeds of up to 100Mbps, they mean Megabits per second, not Megabytes per second. One megabyte is equal to eight megabits and therefore speeds of 100Mbps equals 12.5MBps... attplans.com/resources/di…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
Reading all privacy policies the average internet consumer encounters in a year would take 76 work days techland.time.com/2012/03…
The Thai word for five is "ha" so Thai internet slang for laughing is 5555 theatlantic.com/technolog…
Silicon Valley's newest fad is dopamine fasting, or temporarily abstaining from "addictive" activities such as social media, music, internet gamingβ€”even food. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Gwyneth Paltrow named her company Goop because some branding expert told her that all successful internet companies have double o's in their name, so she just put two o’s between her initials. insider.com/goop-history-…
Pi (Darren Aronofsky) was the first movie to be made available on the internet. scribd.com/doc/70680763/S…
The GameCube supports online play. A special attachment on the bottom of the console allows dial up internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
In 2012, the Walmart with the most Facebook likes would get a visit from Pitbull. Internet pranksters quickly made the most remote Walmart in the US (located in Kodiak, Alaska) the most liked Walmart page. Pitbull kept his promise and performed there. youtube.com/watch?v=2Nrll…
In 1994 Lisa Loeb was the first artist to have a number one Billboard hit without being signed to a major record labelβ€” something doable in the age of the internet and self-distributed music, but unheard of in an era when record labels controlled the industry. That song was β€œStay (I Missed You)” youtube.com/watch?v=OBRtu…
Children's YouTube celebrity Blippi was once a self proclaimed shock comedian who made a "Harlem Shake" video where he explosively defecated on his friends face. He has used DMCA takedowns to try and erase it from the internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
A single American organization called ICANN currently controls the entire internet domain system at the root. ICANN controls every single top-level domain like .com, .org, .net, .io, and they charge an $185,000 β€œevaluation fee” for new top-level domain applications. wikipedia.org/wiki/ICANN
Ashburn, Virginia is where ~70% of the planet’s Internet traffic flows daily. It's known as the "Data Center Capital of the World". It was the first data center in the world to surpass 1 gigawatt of overall capacity. By comparison, London is a distant second, with only about half the capacity. datacenters.com/news/why-…

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