52 Facts About Business You Never Knew

  • 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.
  • Samsung accounts for 20% of Korea’s gross domestic product.
  • 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% ofAmericans.
  • 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.
  • The “Mayfair” filter in Instagram generates the most likes.

Article Based on ‘57 Fascinating Business Facts That Will Blow Your Mind’ featured on Buzzfeed.

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