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The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
Dell Computers was started by a 19 year old with only $1,000.
In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch or clock is usually 10:10.
Colgate's first toothpaste came in a jar.
The founder of McDonald's has a Bachelor degree in Hamburgerology.
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Dunkin Donuts in South Korea started spraying coffee aroma into public buses every time their jingle played. Coffee sales increased 29%.
As of 2014, Apple has enough money to buy Facebook, or Netflix, Tesla, Twitter, Dropbox, Pandora, and Spotify combined - with $59 billion to spare!
Despite being the 7th richest man in the world, Ingvar Kamprad (founder of IKEA) lives in a small home, eats at IKEA, and uses the bus.
The Shell Oil Company began as a novelty shop in London that sold sea shells.
Coca Cola owns all the domain names that can be read as 'ahh'. Such as ahh.com, ahhhh.com, ahhhhh.com, and so on... all the way up to 62 h's!
In 2006, the CEO of Whole Foods reduced his salary to $1 a year, donated his entire portfolio to charity, and set up a $100,000 fund for staff facing personal problems.
McDonald's serves 75 hamburgers every second, according to the company’s Operations and Training Manual.
The first McDonald’s drive-thru was opened near a military base in Arizona “to serve soldiers who weren’t permitted to get out of their cars while wearing fatigues.”
Instead of McDonald's tearing down a ~200-year-old Georgian mansion, citizens of a small NY town forced them to renovate it instead, resulting in a uniquely historic franchise location.
In 1907, Kellogg’s launched a campaign called "Wink Day" to promote Cornflakes. Women were encouraged to “wink at your grocer and see what you get” (and what they got was a free box of cereal!)
A man sued Bank of America for erroneously foreclosing on his home and won. When they didn’t pay the fees, he foreclosed their bank.
It has been scientifically proven that praise rather than criticism is the best way to help employees improve.
Nintendo has banked so much money, they could run a deficit of over $250 million every year and still survive until 2052.
Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, is dyslexic.
A full-time cashier at Costco makes about $49,000 annually. The average wage at Costco is nearly 20 dollars an hour and 89% of Costco employees are eligible for benefits.
There are coffee houses in Russia where food and drink are free, but you pay for time.
The first female self-made millionaire in America was a black woman.
Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House in Kaifeng, China is considered the world’s oldest operating restaurant, first opening in 1153 AD during the Jing Dynasty.
In 2013, Candy Crush made $850,000 per day!
The upside-down ketchup bottle earned its inventor 13 million dollars.
There’s a KFC for deaf people in Pakistan, India, and Egypt.
Carlos Vasquez, a dry cleaner in New York, has a sign outside his shop that reads: If you are unemployed and need an outfit clean for an interview, we will clean it for free.
Tim’s Place, a restaurant in Albuquerque, serves breakfast, lunch and hugs and is owned by a man with Down’s Syndrome.
Starbucks uses round tables to make solo coffee drinkers feel less alone.
There's a café in France which charges €7 for a coffee to rude customers and €1.40 to people who talk politely to staff.
If you pronounce the names of products wrong in an Apple Store, employees are not allowed to correct you.
Bill Gates could give away 98% of his wealth and still be a billionaire.
Samsung is also a full time weapons manufacturer.
Blockbuster laughed at a Netflix partnership proposal in 2000.
The co-founder and CEO of SnapChat, 23-year-old Evan Spiegel, turned down an offer of $3 billion from Facebook and then a $4 billion bid from Google.
Nokia was once famous as a manufacturer of toilet paper.
A Kodak engineer constructed the first digital camera in 1975. They didn't want to go digital. They went bankrupt in 2012.
Lentil As Anything, a successful Australian restaurant, allows its customers to pay whatever price they feel like paying for the food.
Newman’s Own foods donates 100% of its post tax profits to charity. As of June 2012 these donations have exceeded 330 million dollars.
As part of an advertising campaign, Molson, a Canadian beer company, strategically placed 'beer fridges' around Europe that only Canadian passports could unlock.
Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne sold his 10% share in 1976 for $800. Today, it’s worth over $58 billion.
In the mid-90’s, Coca Cola recalled an advertising poster due to a hidden sexual image.
At YouTube Headquarters, employees can either take the elevator, stairs or slide.
Every year, Louis Vuitton burn all their unsold bags. They burn them in order to prevent them from being priced lower.
The retail price for the iPad would be $1,140 if it were built by American workers instead of Chinese.
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