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…
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 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
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
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…
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…
The Thai word for five is "ha" so Thai internet slang for laughing is 5555 theatlantic.com/technolog…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
Reading all privacy policies the average internet consumer encounters in a year would take 76 work days techland.time.com/2012/03…
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…
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 Minitel: France was online decades before the internet spectrum.ieee.org/tech-hi…
In 1995 Nintendo had an online streaming game platform called Satellaview. It was exclusive to Japan and used satellite Internet to let users play specific games in specific time slots between 4pm and 7pm. vrvblog.co/henges/4894/sa…
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…
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-…
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…
In 2000, Canadian opposition leader Stockwell Day proposed referendums on internet petitions if they reached 350,000 signatures - or about 3% of the population. A comedian proposed that Stockwell Day legally change his first name to Doris. It got over 370,000 signatures cbc.ca/news/canada/doris-…
The International Space Station Has Better Internet Than Most of Us After Its Latest Upgrade. With its new connection, the ISS now has a 600 megabit-per-second (Mbps) connection. universetoday.com/143221/…
Mozilla is originally a portmanteau of "Mosaic Killer", the dominant browser at the time. Mosaic was then renamed to Netscape, which forced Microsoft to in turn create Internet Explorer. webaim.org/blog/user-agen…
Novelist Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy) uses Jigsaws to help him write. He also locks himself out of his internet to avoid distractions. thecommunitywriter.com/bl…
IBM designed a supercomputer in 2008 to run the entire internet -- a global-scale computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
In April, Dr. [email protected], the man responsible for the causing power outages, taking down air traffic towers, and storing cyanide will no longer have his internet use monitored. He has promised to not commit crime again. wgntv.com/news/wgn-invest…
Photos of an old stone cottage built between two gigantic boulders --images dismissed as a Photoshopped internet hoax shortly after appearing-- actually depict a real structure. The Boulder House stands at coords 41.488176, -8.067814 atlasobscura.com/places/s…
If you mix 25 or more random pictures from the internet, you will get orange. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The first rules of the Internet Protocol (IP) were written to enable the Hawaiian islands to communicate. The network was known as "pure Aloha". oreilly.com/library/view/…
The Slovak government had to overturn an internet driven decision to name a bridge after Chuck Norris. reuters.com/article/enter…
Today I learned about Jon Postel, a researcher who in 1998 hijacked the internet to prove a point about it's poor security. Instead of being reprimanded he was appointed to run ICANN, the authority now responsible for overseeing domain naming and ensuring the internet's ongoing stability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Today I learned about Brandt Kuykendal, a man who created his own ISP after discovering that he could not get reliable and fast internet in his town. He mainly built the ISP because his daughter needed fast internet to excel in school. sfchronicle.com/business/…
A harmless 2009 coffee commercial for Folgers sparked internet theories about the brother and sister in the ad being incestuous, to the point fan fiction about them was (and still is!) being written. news.avclub.com/this-oral…
One of the most widely recognized statements about internet culture is a New York comic from the 1990s that says, "Nobody on the internet knows you're a dog." This kind of passing as something else is much easier using social media, hence "passing as a dog". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Today I learned of Nelson Sullivan, a pre-internet vlogger who shot over 1,900 hours of tape over 7 years, filming Manhattan's 1980s downtown life. He sought to tape all of NY's citizens, including its outcasts, parties, street festivals, conversations with taxi drivers, and a variety of behavior on the streets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nel…
Undersea cables are the backbone of internet transmission. Although satellites are used when cables aren't practical, underwater cables will be what we rely on for the next few decades youtu.be/eTBLIYJSzdc
There is a standard for sending internet packets using people and flags tools.ietf.org/html/rfc48…
The due to internet popularity, Sammy Griner, the child from the 'Success Kid' meme raised enough money to fund his father's kidney transplant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suc…
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 2009 a 3-month-old Korean child died from malnutrition after both her parents spent hours each day in an Internet cafe, raising a virtual child in an online game. wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_…
The first thing that was ever bought and sold over the internet was weed. In 1971 or 1972, Stanford students using Arpanet accounts at Stanford's AI Laboratory engaged in a commercial transaction with their counterparts at MIT, and thus the first act of e-commerce was a pot deal. fastcompany.com/3054025/y…
Today I learned of the first person to be banned from the internet, Chris Lamprecht (u/mthreat) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The first videogame console with the possibility to install videogames over the internet was the Atari 2600 in 1983 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
The first message ever sent over the internet was β€œLO” in 1969. A programmer at UCLA attempted to send each letter of the word β€œLOGIN” to the Stanford Research institute, but the machine crashed after the first two. 100.ucla.edu/timeline/the…
In 1998, David Bowie released an internet provider called BowieNet. Subscribers were offered exclusive content and a BowieNet email. It was shut down in 2006. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned about the "tourist guy" picture which became an internet phenomenon after the 9/11. The picture of a tourist on the observation deck was supposed to be taken right before the plane hits the tower. He later said he edited the photo as a joke for his friends. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
The Guardian is so accepting of its nickname Grauniad that they have set up an internet address for that misspelling - it sends you to The Guardian's own page. wordhistories.net/2017/06…
Bhutan only permitted television and the Internet in 1999, with the King saying that television was a critical step to the modernization of Bhutan, but warning that the "misuse" of this new technology could erode traditional Bhutanese values en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhu…
Today I learned about Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began taping whatever was on television in 1979 and didn't stop until her death in 2012.. The 71,000 VHS and Betamax tapes she made are the most complete collection preserving this era of TV. They are being digitized by the Internet Archive. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The majority of the world's internet traffic passes through Ashburn, Virginia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
Jules Verne's wrote a novel in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
That there is internet via Amateur Radio! youtube.com/watch?v=fkl5N…
In 2012, Mountain Dew asked the internet to name their new apple drink. Before the poll was shut down, the top four names were: "Fapple", "Gushing Granny", "Diabeetus" and "Hitler did nothing wrong". newsfeed.time.com/2012
Today I learned about "Flarf Poetry." An unconventional and loose form of poetry that utilizes the the Internet to scavenge and conjure up odd and unordinary words or phrases to be implemented in a flarfy marlarky, sometimes horrifying, poem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In 2007, the Autralian Goverment spent $84 Million developing and launching an internet porn filter - only for it to be cracked by a 16 year-old student in less than 30 minutes. A second filter was released as a reaction, which was bypassed by the same teenager in 40 minutes. idm.net.au/blog/00103484m…
I learned the source of the internet myth that Mr. Rogers was a sniper: The screenwriters of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood say they discovered in their research that there was another Fred Rogers who was a sharpshooter for the Marines, and his self-promotion confused a lot of people online moviemaker.com/mister-rog…
Today I learned of The 1 Percent Rule. This rule states that only 1% of an Internet community creates new content. The rest of the community is divided between content editors (9%) and content viewers (90%). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1%2…
In 2006, USA Today and Good Morning America revealed a list of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' including the Internet. tripbucket.com/dreams/dre…
Swatch Internet Time was a decimal time concept introduced in 1998 by the Swatch corporation. Instead of having time zones, hours, and minutes, decimals were used to measure what time it was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
In 2014, a Chinese couple reportedly sold their two children to fund their internet gaming addictions businessinsider.com/chine…
After an internet vote for a new middle name, Macaulay Culkin legally changed his name to Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin. cnet.com/news/macaulay-cu…
In Finland people use the internet on their mobile phones ten times more than the OECD average because of the unlimited network access yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/new…
The Scunthorpe Problem. Automatic profanity filters on the Internet see banned words inside other words and create problems for users. It is named after an incident in 1996 in which AOL's filter prevented Scunthorpe residents from creating accounts due to the unfortunate substring it contains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scu…
International space station has the internet speed of 600MB per second nasa.gov/feature/goddard/…
Today I learned about The Carrington Event, the most powerful solar flare recorded. If this were to happen today, the impact on power grids, telecommunications, internet, crops, satellite communications and GPS systems would be $1 trillion to $2 trillion. history.com/news/a-perfec…
KMart used to have their own dial up internet service called BlueLight Internet. The service was cheaper than the major competitor at the time, AOL, and offered customers unlimited service and no banner advertisements. transformco.com/press-rel…
Online privacy has been revoked by the government before the internet using the third party principle in a precedent from 1976 theatlantic.com/technolog…
Internet and dial-up Email were being used by ordinary people as early as 1984. Slow adoption was the challenge, not technology. youtu.be/szdbKz5CyhA
(TOR is a free browser that allows anyone to browse the internet anonymously, first developed in the 90's by a US Naval Research Laboratory employee, 80% of $2 million annual budget comes from US government, Swedish government, other organizations & 20,000 personal donation from people like you torproject.org/
Today I learned of the Harry Potter fanfction "My Immortal", regarded as the worst fanfiction ever written by internet readers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Transoceanic internet cabling (AKA the "internet backbone") is a fiber optic line that is about as thick as some sturdy home ethernet cabling youtu.be/iMAThVcqzuk?t=42…
The Philippines has the world highest internet usage with a person averaging 10 hours screen-time a day while Japan has the lowest internet usage of a person only averaging 3 hours 45 minutes a day. theguardian.com/technolog…
Today I learned about AndrΓ‘s IstvΓ‘n AratΓ³, the Hungarian Electrical engineer who accidentally became an internet meme called β€œHide the Pain Harold” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
People who browse the internet are called internauts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The weight of the entire internet is calculated to be around 50 grams oldnewsclub.com/how-heavy…
Due to a copyright issue, George Romero's film Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain, and can be downloaded for free on the internet. It is currently the most downladed film on the Internet Archive, with 3.1 million downloads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
In 1996, David Bowie released the first downloadable song by a major artist (it took 11 minutes to download). He later launched an ISP (BowieNet) to compete with AOL. Subscribers to the dial-up service were offered exclusive content, as well as an email address and "uncensored" Internet access. theguardian.com/technolog…
Today I learned about the Morris Worm, a computer program developed in 1988 meant to map out the internet. Instead, it basically crashed the entire web. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
20 years ago, DotComGuy (Mitch Maddox) in a promotion for Internet companies, changed his name to DotComGuy and was paid to live the entire year of 2000 in his house in Dallas, Texas, buying all food and necessities online. Video from the house was streamed 24 hours a day on the DotComGuy.com urgo.org/dotcomguy/
In April of 1997, the internet faced a blackout due to a single bad router in Florida. The bug spread like a plague across the world, crashing networks everywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AS_…
There were proposals in the 17th century to use an inverted exclamation point (Β‘) to signify irony in a sentence, a simpler version of the internet’s β€œ/s” for sarcasm brainpickings.org/2013/09…
Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe predicted that the internet would collapse in 1996, promising to eat his words if not. In 1997, he took a printed copy of his column that predicted the collapse, put it in a blender with some liquid and then consumed the pulpy mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The Morris worm has been referred to as the "Great Worm", due to the devastating effect it had on the Internet, both in system downtime and psychological impact on the perception of internet security and reliability. The name was derived from the "Great Worms" of Tolkien: Scatha and Glaurung. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Today I learned of the Online Disinhibition Effect, where one feels a complete lack of restraint when communicating over the internet. While online, typically reserved people can often react with extreme emotions, without feeling any need to suppress them, making them prone to harassment and outrage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onl…
The pink haired mascot "Erin" was dropped from use by company Esurance because the internet wouldn't stop making X rated versions of her. cbsnews.com/news/esurance…
Jules Verne's shelved 1863 novel "Paris in the Twentieth Century" predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet. His publisher deemed it pessimistic and lackluster. It was discovered in 1989 and published 5 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In April 2001 a parody internet protocol was implemented IRL via pigeons! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_…
The version of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" most people have seen is an edited version produced for the 1966 rebroadcast. The 1965 version was considered lost media until 2018, when an original film reel was discovered and its contents were uploaded to the internet youtube.com/watch?v=sm-7A…
The first person to stream their life on the internet was Jennifer Ringley aka Jennicam, a 19 year old woman who from 1996, broadcasted her life from her college dorm room 24/7. At its peak, she got 7 million hits per day, a significant proportion of the internet at the time. bbc.com/news/magazine-376…
In February 2005 various versions of Internet Explorer held an over 89% share of the internet browser market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In Finland citizens legally have the right to internet connection, similar to getting education and heath care. bbc.com/news/10461048
The Soviet Union got an internet domain - .su - 15 months before its dissolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
Indian businessman/billionaire Mukesh Ambani has invested $31 Billion to improve India's mobile and internet infrastructures since 2011, when his daughter, who was back home from Yale for holiday and tried to submit her coursework, told him that "the internet in our house sucks". hindustantimes.com/busine…
Marriott was fined $600,000 by the FCC in 2014 for blocking customers' personal Wi-Fi so customers were forced to pay for internet. edition.cnn.com/2014/10/0…
Peter Gabriel is spearheading an β€˜Interspecies Internet’ with 3 other scientists - an internet where humans and other intelligent animals can communicate with each other. hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/…
An 86-year-old wrote an upbeat review for her local paper about a new Olive Garden. She was mercilessly mocked by the Internet. Anthony Bourdain thought she had a valuable POV on small town dining. So he published a book of her reviews. eater.com/2013/8/19/63856…
The Vatican has nominated St. Isidore of Seville to be the patron saint of the Internet, a seventh-century theologian and encyclopedist who tried to record everything ever known. telegraph.co.uk/technolog…

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