When you first hear the word “Facebook”, the first thing that comes to your mind is the blue color. When you hear “Samsung”, it’s the smartphones or tablets. We however, would never imagine that a company such as Samsung would be selling Korean fish or that Facebook would be any other color than the popular blue. Believe it or not, these popular companies have unique stories within them and if you wish to boggle your mind, keep on reading these incredible facts about world-famous brands.
1. The reason Facebook is blue is because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind, which means the color he can see best is blue.
The reason why Facebook is blue is not just because the color is calming but also because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. According to The New Yorker, Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind, which means the color he can see best is blue. Sight is the strongest developed sense in most human beings, which is also the reason that 90% of an assessment for trying out a product is made by color alone. Studies show that strong blue can stimulate clear thought and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid in concentration. (source)
2. The inventor of Vaseline was such a firm believer in its medicinal properties that he claimed to have eaten a spoonful of it a day; until he passed away at the age of 96.
Robert Chesebrough, the inventor of Vaseline, was a firm believer of his invention. After learning of a residue called “rod wax”, during a visit to an oil field in 1859, Chesebrough spent over a decade perfecting his extraction and purification process to come up with Vaseline. According to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, by 1874, stores were selling over 1400 jars of Vaseline a day. In fact, Chesebroug himself drove around New York, advertising his product and showing its healing properties. He also believed that Vaseline had many medicinal properties, so he ate a spoonful a day until he passed away at the ripe age of 96. (source)
3. T-shirts were originally made for men with no wives and no sewing skills.
Today, the t-shirt is arguably the most popular outer garment in the entire world. In 1904, CUC ran an ad campaign introducing a new product specifically designed for bachelors. Called the “bachelor undershirt”, the ad read, “No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread”, the slogan aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills. Within a year, the t-shirt became extremely popular with thousands of bachelors as well as married men favoring them over any other garment. Although CUC popularized the t-shirts through their campaign, they themselves did not invent it. According to The New York Times, the shirts evolved during the 19th century when laborers would cut their jumpsuits in half to keep cool in warmer months during the year. (source)
4. Cotton candy was invented by a dentist.
Although spun candy has existed for more than 500 years, Tennessee dentist William J. Morrison is credited with inventing and popularizing cotton candy in the US. In 1897, he teamed up with Nashville confectioner John C. Wharton to create a machine that would make spun sugar treats. The pair patented what they called their electric “candy machine,” which melted and spun sugar to produce the popular sweet favored by millions around the world. In 1904, the pair introduced the machine and cotton candy at the St. Louis World’s Fair, which was an instant hit. The rest is history. (source)
5. Once Enzo Ferrari told a man, “You may be able to drive a tractor, but you’ll never be able to handle a Ferrari”. The man became extremely agitated by Enzo Ferrari’s words, and decided to create the perfect car. His name was Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Today, Lamborghinis are iconic luxury cars, starting at the lowest price of $200,000. However, they have their origins in the humble tractor. In fact, if it wasn’t for one man’s ego, the Lamborghini might never have existed at all. In 1949, Lamborghini opened a tractor business, but eventually went on to make air conditioners and gas heaters. His business made him extremely wealthy and gave him the opportunity to enjoy various sports cars. His favorite of course, was a Ferrari 250GT, which started having issues. After checking out the issue himself, Lamborghini suggested some changes to Ferrari, in order to make a better clutch in a high-end vehicle. Ferrari was not amused by this and informed Lamborghini to stick to the farming equipment he knew best. This made him angry, as well as dedicated to create the perfect car, thus resulting in the Lamborghini 350 GTV and so on. (source)
6. Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.
There’s no doubt that the world loves Nutella. The company produces more than 365,000 tons of Nutella every year, which means that you could circle the world 1.8 times with the amount of Nutella produced in just one year. According to the company, you could cover the Great Wall of China 8 times with the number of jars of Nutella sold in a year. After WWII, when cocoa was short in supply, Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker from Piedmont in Italy, added hazelnuts to prolong his chocolate ration; which ultimately led to the creating of Nutella. It was such an instant hit that people from all over the country wanted to try his new invention. So, on May 14th 1946, the Ferrero Company was officially founded. Today, one jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds throughout the world, whereas one person is born every eight seconds. You do the math. (source 1, 2)
7. Bubble wrap was originally supposed to be wallpaper.
Bubble wrap helps billions of products reach their destination safe and secure, but, did you know that it was originally invented to be wallpaper? In 1957, engineer Al Fielding and Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes were trying to create textured wallpaper. While they were brainstorming, they put two shower curtains together in such a way that air bubbles were captured, giving it a textured appearance. The duo immediately created bubble wrap are started advertising them, which of course did not go well for them.
Three years after they believed that their invention had failed, on October 5, 1959, IBM had announced their new 1401 variable word length computer. Frederick W. Bowers, one of the people tasked with marketing bubble wrap, got the idea that bubble wrap could be used as a good packaging material. He pitched the idea to IBM and demonstrated the protective abilities of the bubble wrap. It was a success and today, more than $4 billion worth of bubble wrap is sold every year. (source)
8. The man who designed the Pringles can was very proud of his invention, so much that he was buried in one of the cans.
Fredric Baur is the mastermind behind the Pringles can. In 1966, Baur came up with a clever way for Procter & Gamble to stack chips on top of one another uniformly, rather than tossing them in a bag. He was so proud of the achievement that he wanted to take the invention to his grave. He pitched the idea to his sons, who laughed at first, but when he passed away at the age of 89, they buried the ashes in one of his iconic cans. (source)
9. Coca-Cola got its name from coca leaves and kola nuts.
Coca-Cola is one of the most popular beverages throughout the world with more than 1.9 billion drinks consumed every day. The drink is called “Coca-Cola” because of the coca leaves and kola nuts used to manufacture the product. The Coca-Cola brand is worth an estimated $74 billion: more than Budweiser, Pepsi, Starbucks and Red Bull combined. (source)
10. Samsung was once a one-man grocery store, trading local produce in South Korea.
Samsung was founded in 1938 by Lee Byung-Chull, a local businessman who opened a grocery trading store in Daegu, South Korea. The store mainly sold noodles, dried fish, fruits, vegetables and other local produce in and around the city. In the early 1950’s, Chull expanded his business by trading business into textiles, eventually opening the largest woolen mill in Korea. In 1969, Samsung entered the electronics industry, and one of its first electronic goods were black and white televisions. Today, the company has grown into a multinational conglomerate, becoming the second largest tech company in the world. (source)