1. Caribou Coffee is owned by an Islamic Bank
In December 2000, Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. announced that it was selling a 70% stake (later to become an 87.8%) to Atlanta-based Crescent Capital, a deep-pockets investor backed by First Islamic Investment Bank of Bahrain for $80 million.
2. WD-40 was named because it took 40 times to get the formula right
WD-40 literally stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt. That’s the name straight out of the lab book used by the chemist who developed WD-40 back in 1953. The chemist, Norm Larsen, was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion Ã¢â‚¬â€ a task which is done by displacing water. Norm’s persistence paid off when he perfected the formula on his 40th
3. Mars Inc turned down the chance to feature their MnM’s in E.T.
Nobody really knows why they turned down the chance but we all know who took the
opportunity and ran with it, Reese’s Pieces.
4. Kotex were first used as bandages in World War I
“Though no soldiers were charging about the battlefield with sanitary napkins tied to their arms, a new type of material which had proved so effective as bandages in that conflict was years later revamped into Kotex. What was invented to meet a critical need in a war soon afterwards found a valuable peacetime use” From snopes
5. Ebay is the second leading employer in the U.S.
Almost half a million people earn all or most of their income from selling on the Web site. If they worked for eBay it would be the second largest employer in the country- after Wal-Mart.
6. George W. Bush received more votes than any President in history
George W Bush got the highest number of votes for president of any candidate in US history, in November 2004 with 59,841,499.
7. The bookmakers William Hill loses 80,000 little pens a day
They are used to fill out betting slips and the betters always win something it seems.
8. The first bar code ever used was on Juicy Fruit
It’s 30 years since the world’s first bar code was used. It was on a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit at a supermarket in Ohio. The gum is now an exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC
9. Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil
Unprocessed honey found in 4000 year old ancient tombs was determined to be edible and was even used to preserve bodies. If properly sealed it will never soil. I found this at Sue Bee.
10. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia’ is the fear of long words.
I know why, that word scares me too.