Some we like, others we hate, but do you know the whole story behind the world’s favourite brands? Brands and the stories behind them are the stories that both fascinate and intrigue.
If you think you know all the trivia about the world’s favourite brands, think again. Here’s a short list of brands that have made a difference in our lives, and some little known and curious facts about them. While we all know and remember them, some fascinating facts have been represented in this infographic.
Created by SilverDoor, the following infographic lists 39 things you probably didn’t know about famous brands. Have a read and see which you did and didn’t know about.
Things you probably didn’t know about the world’s favourite brands
Food & Drink
- Starbuck round tables were created so that customers would feel less alone.
- Pepsi took inspiration for its name from the digestive enzyme pepsin.
- McDonald’s originally sold hot dogs, not hamburgers.
- Over 8,000 glasses of Coca-Cola are consumed every second.
- Philadelphia cream cheese was first made in New York.
- SPAM stands for ‘shoulder of pork and ham.’
- KFC original fried chicken was done in a pressure cooker.
- The Queen of England owns a McDonald’s close by to Buckingham Palace.
- Ben & Jerry’s was originally going to be a bagel company.
- A perfect pint of Guinness should take 119.5 seconds while pouring at 45 degrees.
- Carlsberg’s logo used to be a swastika symbol which was later removed for resembling the Nazi insignia.
- One jar of Nutella is sold ever 2.5 seconds on average
- Apple’s iPad retina display is manufactured by its leading competitor, Samsung.
- Adding ‘/4’ to the end of Facebook.com takes you to Mark Zuckerberg’s page.
- Google was originally known as BackRub.
- Facebook is mostly blue because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colourblind.
- ebay.com was the founder’s second choice after echobay.com.
- The arrow in the Amazon logo points from the A to Z, highlighting the retailer’s wide range of products.
- Every Apple iPhone ad displays the time as 9:41am, the time Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2007.
- To ‘Google‘ became a verb in 2006 when Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary recognized it.
- Nokia was originally a wood-pulp mill in the city of Nokia, Finland.
- Twitter’s bird is called Larry.
- Amazon was originally called Cadabara.
- The first ever product that Sony came up with was an electronic rice cooker.
- Samsung was once renowned for selling dried fish and other groceries.
- Gucci holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive pair of jeans costing $3,134US.
- Michael Kors designed his first piece of clothing at age 5; his mother’s wedding dress.
- Nike was named after the Greek goddess of victory.
- Forever 21 used to be called Fashion 21.
- The Volkswagen group owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche amongst others.
- BMW, originally an aircraft manufacturer, became a car manufacturer because Germany lost WWI.
- 75% of all Rolls Royce cars ever produced are still on the road today.
- Lamborghini used to make farm equipment.
Toys, Games and Film
- The Rubik’s cube is the best selling product of all time.
- Steve Jobs was an executive producer on Toy Story.
- Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
- Walt Disney World in Orlando covers over 40 square miles, roughly the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands.
- The founder of FedEx saved the company by taking its last $5,000 and turning it into $32,000 in a Vegas casino.
Home & Lifestyle
- 1 in 10 people born in Europe are conceived in an IKEA bed.