57 Fascinating Business Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
- Ben & Jerry’s is owned by Unilever.
- Wal-Mart averages a profit of $1.8 million every hour.
- “Yahoo” is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”
- Starbucks’ round tables were created specifically so customers would feel less alone.
- Apple’s iPad retina display is actually manufactured by Samsung.
- Dasani water is just purified tap water; it doesn’t come from a natural spring.
- One in 10 Europeans are conceived in an Ikea bed.
- Marvel Comics once owned the rights to the word “zombie.”
- The red and white Coca-Cola logo is recognized by 94% of the world’s population.
- The iPad 2 would cost $1,140 if it were made in America.
- Taco Bell has proved to be a huge flop in Mexico, as Mexicans were confused by the Americanization of their traditional cuisine.
- Adding /4 to the end of Facebook’s URL will take you to Mark Zuckerberg’s profile.
- Cereal is the second-largest advertiser on television today, behind automobiles.
- Google was originally called BackRub.
- Pepsi got its name from the digestive enzyme pepsin.
- U.S. corporations are reportedly hiding $1.6 trillion in profits offshore.
- Amazon.com employees spend two days every two years working at the customer service desk — even the CEO — in order to help all workers understand the customer service process.
- Speaking of Amazon, it also owns Zappos, ShopBop, Goodreads, and Audible.com
- Everything you say to Siri is sent to Apple, analyzed, and stored.
- Candy Crush brings in a reported $633,000 a day in revenue.
- Samsung accounts for 20% of Korea’s gross domestic product.
- Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox.
- The most productive day of the workweek is Tuesday.
- Warner Music owns the copyrights to “Happy Birthday,” so it’s technically owed royalties every time you sing it to someone on their big day.
- Changing the U.S. $1 bill for a $1 coin would save the U.S. $4.4 billion in 30 years.
- The “new car smell” is composed of over 50 volatile organic compounds.
- If Bill Gates were a country, he’d be the 37th richest on earth.
- Sixty-four percent of consumers have made a purchase decision based on social media content.
- McDonald’s first menu items were hot dogs, not hamburgers.
- The actor who played the “Marlboro man” died of lung cancer.
- More people in the world have mobile phones than toilets.
- Starbucks spends more on health care insurance for its employees ($300 million) than on coffee beans.
- If you have $10 in your pocket and no debts, you are wealthier than 25% of Americans.
- Facebook is primarily blue because Mark Zuckerberg suffers from red-green color blindness.
- Apple had a third founder, Ronald Wayne, who had a 10% stake in the company. He left the fledgling company after 12 days and forfeited his shares for $2,300 (about $9,600 today).
- Robert Chesebrough, the inventor of Vaseline, ate a spoonful of the stuff every morning.
- Seventy percent of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person.
- Each week nearly one-third of the U.S. population visits a Walmart.
- Victoria’s Secret is the most followed retailer on Instagram.
- In iPhone ads, the time is always 9:42 a.m. or 9:41 a.m., because Apple events start at 9 a.m. and big product reveals generally happen 40 minutes into the presentation.
- The Rubik’s cube is the best-selling product of all time. The iPhone is second.
- Steve Jobs is credited as an executive producer on Toy Story.
- One in eight American workers have been employed by McDonald’s.
- In 2000, Coca-Cola launched a stealth campaign against water called “Just say no to H2O.”
- The Volkswagen group owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati, and Porsche.
- Smoking near an Apple computer voids the warranty.
- Twitter CEO Dick Costolo used to work as an improv comedian, including a stint at the legendary Second City in Chicago.
- YouTube broadcasts about one-third of the U.S.’s multimedia entertainment.
- The world’s 100 richest people earned enough money in 2012 to end global poverty four times over.
- The average smartphone user checks Facebook 14 times a day.
- More than 80 million “mouse ears” have been sold at Walt Disney World to date.
- The Asia Tiger Funds’ stock symbol is GRR.
- Gambling generates more revenue than movies, spectator sports, theme parks, cruise ships, and recorded music combined.
- You can purchase large sheets of uncut U.S. currency through the mail.
- Tom’s of Maine is owned by Colgate-Palmolive.
- The “Mayfair” filter in Instagram generates the most likes.
- A customer in a wheelchair successfully sued Chipotle in 2010, claiming its tall ordering counter denied him from seeing the “Chipotle experience.”
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