1. Google rents out goats
You heard that right, Google uses them to mow the lawns around its headquarters. “Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, they’ve rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job.
2. Samsung is 38 years and 1 month older than Apple
Samsung was founded as a grocery store on March 1, 1938, by Lee Byung-Chull.
Apple Founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Apple Computer Inc. on April 1, 1976.
3. The Radio took 38 years to reach an audience of 50 million
You would think the invention of the radio would be a big deal, but it took 38 years for the radio to reach an audience of 50 million.
Meanwhile, the iPod only took 3 years to reach the same milestone!
4. Alexa is always listening to your conversations
This probably isn’t new to you. Siri has been doing it forever.
Alexa stores your dialogue history to its cloud to help improve your Alexa experience. But, you can review and delete these recordings, either in bulk, or individually.
5. The first alarm clock could only ring at one time
Literally, one time! The first mechanical alarm clock was created in 1787 by Levi Hutchins in Concord, New Hampshire. This device he made only for himself, however, and it only rang at 4 AM, in order to wake him for his job.
6. The first product scanned was a packet of chewing gum in 1974
40 years ago today: Wrigley gum was the first product to have its barcode scanner. A 10-pack of Wrigley Juicy Fruit gum was the first item scanned for its UPC in a grocery store 40 years ago in 1974.
7. iTunes has unusual Terms & Conditions
When agreeing to the Terms & Conditions for iTunes, you are agreeing to not use it to make nuclear weapons. The clause states, “You also agree that you will not use these products for….the development, design, manufacture, or production of the nuclear, missile, or chemical or biological weapons.”
8. Everyone uses Google as a spellchecker
Most everyone, anyway! 97% of people type in words to Google just to see if they spelled it right. I know I’m definitely among that 97%!
9. Google’s first tweet was gibberish
To a normal human, Google’s first-ever tweet on Twitter was nonsense! It reads, “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010”.
Translated from binary to English, this tweet says “I’m feeling lucky.”
10. Comic Sans is the most hated font in the world
Comic Sans was designed to be an unserious, handwritten style font to use in comic books. Although everyone loves to hate on this tasteless font it is actually very useful for dyslexic people. Because of its asymmetrical style, the letters are much easier to discern.
11. The Apple Lisa was the first commercial computer with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and a mouse
Before The Apple Lisa, all computers were text-based, meaning you had to type out commands from a keyboard. The name “Lisa” stands for “Logical Integrated Software Architecture”.
Lisa was also the name of Steve Job’s daughter.
12. Some people are afraid of technology
People have all kinds of weird fears and phobias out there, and technology is no exception! Aptly named technophobia, this fear stemmed from the Industrial Revolution and workers being afraid that machines would take their jobs.
It applies in a similar way to today’s society, as well as people being scared of technology getting too advanced, such as artificial intelligence technology. Let’s just hope this phobia doesn’t stop them from reading these technology facts!
13. Mark Zuckerberg is color blind
The reason Facebook is blue: Zuckerberg is colour blind. According to The New Yorker, Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind, which means the color he can see best is blue. That also happens to be the color that dominates the Facebook website and mobile app.
14. Using a thinner font can save printer ink
To a standard user, this difference isn’t big enough to care about. But if you use a lighter font with thinner lines, you’ll use slightly less ink. This is all based on inkjet printers that use old-style cartridges. Overall, it will only save you about 10% of your ink by using a lighter font.
15. There are only 21 million Bitcoins that can be mined in total
You’d think as it’s a digital currency, the number of bitcoins available would be unlimited. However, if this was the case, that would devalue the currency and render it worthless.If you enjoyed this blog, share it with your friends and colleagues!