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some weird facts about business. .


• The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Coca-Cola, IBM and Microsoft, in that order as of 2009. Google is 7th, but it did not even make the top 100 until 2005.

• The founder of McDonald's has a Bachelor degree in Hamburgerology.

• Colgate's first toothpaste came in a jar.

• Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

• Warren Buffet, started out as a Pinball repairman.

• Youngest member of The Forbes 400: Mark Zuckerberg, 28 Net Worth: $2 billion

• Yahoo! was originally called 'Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web'.

• The first ATMs were installed in NYC in 1977 at Citibank branches.

• When Scott Paper Company first started manufacturing toilet paper they did not put their name on the product because of embarrassment.

• Wal-Mart has "revenues that exceed those of Target, Home Depot, Sears, Kmart, Safeway, and Kroger -- combined."

• Walt Disney World generates about 120,000 pounds of garbage every day.

• Farthest you can get from a McDonald's in the USA: 107 miles as the crow flies, 145 miles by car.

• In the 40's, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it 'Bitch.'

• The creator of the NIKE Swoosh symbol was paid only $35 for the design.

• Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been over mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.

• Liquid paper was invented by Mike Nesmith's (of the Monkees) mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, in 1951.

• Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

• The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

• Henry Ford, father of the Automobile and assembly line, is also father of the charcoal briquette.

• The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

* The first safety razor was not actually invented by King Gillette himself but by a man named William Nickerson who was Kings partner. They believed that the label bearing Nickersons name would be bad for business, plus it was Kings idea anyway.

• If all the gold in the world was divided up every one would receive 3grams.

• Warner Chappel Music owns the copyright to the song 'Happy Birthday'. They make over $1 million in royalties every year from the commercial use of the song

• The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.

• The first product that the toy company Mattel came out with was picture frames.

• The first product that Sony came out with was the rice cooker.

• Oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller, was the world's first billionaire.

• The IRS employee manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war.