Sunday, January 06, 2013

Things I learned this week 6 Jan

  • In fiscal year 2012, WalMart registered $444 billion in sales and has 2.2 million employees worldwide. Their CEO earns more money in one hour what most employees earn in an entire year. ASDA stores in the UK are really WalMart stores under another banner.
  • The Great Wall of China is not really visible from space.
  • The reason Coke stayed priced at a nickel for 70 years is because of Coke's unwillingness to double the cost to ten cents. The vending machines took nickels and Coke felt the jump to a dime was too much - they even asked the Treasury to issue a 7.5 cent coin. That didn't happen. But Coke finally hit the ten cent mark in 1959.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States didn't have the words 'under God' officially until 1954.
  • The 2012 Honda Civic is bigger than the 1984 Honda Accord.
  • There's an Apple store employee named Sam Sung. For reals.
  • The Helvetica font is poised to dominate online use due to it's easy reading characteristics (can you say sans-serif?)
  • Frito-Lay introduced Cracker Jack'd Power Bites, which contain 70mg of caffeine, equal to a one ounce shot of espresso or 2 twelve ounce cans of cola.
  • In Mac OS X, if you can't access the Utilities application to fix a problem because your hard drive is pooched, you can access it via the internet on bootup.

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