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Facts from the Far Side

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10 random, fascinating business facts:

  1. Wal-Mart averages a profit of $1.8 million every hour.
  2. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos (the word “yahoo” first appeared in Gulliver’s Travels and it represents a person who is ‘repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human’).
  3. Apple’s iPad retina display is actually manufactured by Samsung.
  4. Samsung accounts for 20 percent of Korea’s gross domestic product.
  5. The red and white Coca-Cola logo is recognised by 94 percent of the world’s population.
  6. Google was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by a 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’ and left it that way.
  7. employees spend two days every two years working at the customer service desk — even the CEO — to help all workers understand the customer service process.
  8. Marvel Comics once owned the rights to the word “zombie”.
  9. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
  10. It’s believed Steve Jobs’ favourite fruit was the “McIntosh apple”, and this is what he named his company and its first computer, the Apple Macintosh, after.

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