Fun Facts about EBay

EBay turned 12 years old this year. It was created in September 1995 by a Pierre Omidyar in San Jose. He started it as an Auction Web by an experiment while he had a day job. Today it has become the world’s largest personal online trading community. It hosts nearly four million auctions every day with almost half a million new items being added for sale every 24 hours. Omidyara personal net worth is estimated to be roughly $10 billion.

The site was launched on Labour Day, 1995, under the more prosaic title of “Auction Web.” The first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. EBay went public in 1998 and Omidyar and Skoll became billionaires overnight. The most expensive item sold was a 405 foot steel mega yacht auctioned by the Fort. Lauderdale. It went up in 2006, with a price of $85 million. JayandMarie is the first eBay member to reach 100,000 feedbacks which happened in 2002. EBay averages more than 1 billion page views per day. Ebay users worldwide trade more than $1,839 worth of goods on the site every second.

The meaning of the eBay logo in primary fun colors suggests that the site is friendly, open and accessible. EBay has high margins because there are no factories or inventory but also because its customers do the work. If EBay hired all the people who earn their income selling on its site they would be the second largest employer on the Fortune 500 after Wal-Mart. More than 68,000 people earn their primary or secondary income from trading on Ebay.co.uk. EBay has 233 million registered users worldwide.

There were 588 million new listings added to eBay worldwide in 07. There are approximately 100 million listings worldwide and 6.4 million listing added per day. EBay users trade in more than 50,000 categories. In 2006, eBay member worldwide have left more than 6 billion feedback comments for one another regarding their eBay transactions. In 2006, Jeremy from the internet show Pure Pwnage sold some of his hair for $4,200! EBay’s stock is down almost 48% as of 2006. 95% of eBays sellers are individuals and small businesses. EBay has a global presence in 33 markets including Australia. A toy is sold every 24 seconds on the EBay Australia site.

Every minute a mobile phone sells on eBay UK. A piece of jewellery sells every 6 minutes on eBay India. In July, 2002 eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion in stock. They bought StumbleUpon for $75 million. EBay’s rivals include Amazon.com.

Fun Facts about Starbucks

We are all familiar with the term, “Cup of Joe.” But many of us don’t know where it originated. It originally started in World War II when the American military name the G.I. Joes the big coffee drinkers in the nation. The first coffee shop was in Italy in 1683. The company has an annual growth of 25% since 1993. Currently there are 11,000 stores and there is long term growth planned for 30,000 more stores. There are actually five new stores opening every day. Starbucks serves around 40 million customers a week.

They offer health insurance to all their employees including the part-timers. The company is less than one-third the size of Pepsi and Coke. The company has $6.3 billion in annual sales. They have higher sales per square foot than McDonalds. A typical customer to Starbucks stops by 18 times a month! The company name came from the Starbuck Captain Ahab’s first mate on the ship in Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel Moby Dick. The first store was opened in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market in 1971. It was set up by two local Seattle teachers and a writer and was called Starbucks Coffee, Tea and Spices.

The company is so popular that Playboy magazine is working on a Women of Starbucks issue. Did you know that Starbucks is a non-political organization and does not support or engage in political or religious causes or activities? Allegations that Starbucks supports the Israeli government are false! It was thought that the Starbucks log represented Esther from the Old Testament. The Starbucks logo is based on a 16th century Norse woodcut a two tailed mermaid encircled by the stores original name.

The mermaid reflects the seafaring origins of the coffee traders of old. Starbucks uses its 2,500 employees at the company headquarters as taste-testers for the newest drinks. From 2000 to 2005, Starbucks tripled its U.S. store count from 2,700 to 7,500. Starbucks has decided to team up with SNL and will be uniting to sell the DVD to the public and it will be the only place you can buy this DVD set. It will be the first time that NBC Universal Television Distribution has created and marketed the exclusive release for any retailer.

So what could be the next big selling product for Starbucks? Unfortunately, Starbucks has become greedy. They charge too much for their drinks, coffees and espressos and don’t want the Ethiopian coffee workers to make a decent wage!

Fun Facts on Levis

When Levi Strauss invented jeans during the 1800’s he did not call his strange pants denim jeans or even jeans at all. These trousers were originally made out of sailcloth and canvas for miners and prospectors to wear as they were complaining about how their ordinary pants would stretch and split on the job. As the canvas became short in supply he switched to a sturdy fabric called serge made in Nimes France known as Serge de Nimes which later on was shortened to “Denim.” They were originally called “waist overalls.”

The first pair of Levi’s cost only $1.25 in 1880. In fact, one of those original pairs actually sold for $46,532. So what exactly does the YKK on the zipper of your Levi’s stand for? It actually is for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaish, the world’s largest zipper manufacturer. The Levis visitor’s center actually opened in 2003 for the company’s 150th anniversary. The center features historic and current collection of clothing and documents. There is everything from letters to company advertisements to garment made by contestants in “Project Runway” earlier this year.

The world’s oldest pair of jeans is from 1879. One unusual and funny fact is that Levi Strauss hired Jefferson Airplane in 1967 to record a radio commercial for the company. The company can’t replay the song, “White Levi”, which was a version of the song “White Rabbit”. It had some lyric changes due to copyright issues. Another fact is that people actually like to be close with really old stuff says Levis historian Lynn Downey. You should not place any barriers between people and history. In the body of the corporate headquarters on 1155 Battery St in San Francisco you can visit the headquarters for Levi Strauss.

The movie star Bruce Willis actually appeared in the first series of Levi’s 501 Blues commercials around 1986. When the song “Spaceman” by Babyon Zoo was used in a Levi’s jean ad in 1995 it was destined to be number one in the UK. The part used in the ad was the very start of the song which sounds as if the song will be a dance song. People bought the song because of this only to take it home and play it and found it was a rock song. Other songs to hit the top after being used in their ad include “The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band, “Inside” by Stilts kin and “Boombastic” by Shaggy.

Fun Facts on the Salvation Army

The organization began its work in 1882 fifteen years after the Confederation. The first worship services were held in Toronto in 1882 and in London, Ontario five months later. They were led by British immigrants. A major Thomas Moore arrived from the United States and took charge, There were eleven church congregations in Ontario and year later Canada was declared and independent Territory. They adopted William Booths philosophy that there is little point to preaching salvation to hungry people. So the concept of “soup and salvation” took hold. Many of the Salvation Army’s now work in partnership with the government.

The organization started as the Christian Mission in the East end of London in 1865. It was renamed the Salvation Army in 1878. The vision of the Salvation Army has always been to get people interested in a relationship with God. They practise an integrated ministry with uniting the spiritual, social and physical support. They aid everyone no matter what their race, creed or beliefs and never force their principles on anyone. There is Emergency Housing for people and programs specifically for women and children. They fight against crime and human trafficking and have programs and help for seniors.

Unfortunately, in 1914 the Army shared in a national tragedy with the sinking of The Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence. On board there were more than 120 Salvationists bound for an international congress in London. Most of them drowned including the commander. The Salvation Army responds to urgent needs like the Halifax explosion and the Winnipeg flood helping people with whatever they need. There was a trust formed between people and the Salvation Army got the name the “Sally Ann.” The Salvation Army now worships in 11 languages and provides services in many others. The Army has produced many outstanding leaders like Clarence Wiseman and Arnold Brown.

The Salvation Army is now the largest non-governmental provider in the country. It supports vulnerable people and has 400 communities across Canada and 117 countries around the world. They even offer rehabilitation to people who want to get over addictions. The Salvation Army has 915 active soldiers, 23,000 soldiers and close to 48,000 adherents. There are almost 9,000 people employed in Canada and Bermuda. 55 Canadians serve overseas from Papua to South Africa. Unfortunately, because of the economic downturn some Salvation Army’s are being forced to downsize around the country.

Burger King Fun Facts

Burger King got its start in Miami, Florida during the year of 1954. The corporation was started by James McLamore and David Edgerton. Both men were already in the restaurant business. It was sold to Pillsbury in 1967. The idea was a restaurant where people could come to get good food and a pleasant atmosphere. There are actually 11,000 Burger King Restaurants worldwide. In fact, Burger King can be found in all 50 states in the U.S. and you can find this fast food chain in more than 65 countries. There are more than 7,300 restaurants in the U.S. alone. You can find Whoppers with mustard in Texas and breakfast burritos in the Southwest. This goes back to giving the customer what they want.

Burger King is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world! Ninety percent of the locations are independently owned and many by families and have been for many decades. The Whopper was introduced in 1957 which was three years after the restaurant opened. The Whopper became the most popular item! The original Whopper sold for $.37 cents. At that price and the amount of meat they were able to take business away from their competitor McDonalds. There have been more than 1.3 million sandwiches sold each year worldwide. Every year they prepare more than 950,000 pounds of bacon for their sandwiches! Ellen DeGeneres in her first stand up act ate a Whopper, fries and a shake.

In the U.K. and Ireland you can find a Dark Whopper Sandwich which contains pepper jack cheese, black pepper, ketchup and grill sauce. Burger King has over 30,300 employees. This is only employees working in company restaurants, offices and headquarters. Burger King actually sugar coats their fries so they will turn golden brown. Burger King has given a lifetime supply of free hamburgers to at least 11 celebrities including Jay Leno, Hugh Laurie and Jennifer Hudson. With advertising flopping the company hired Crispin Porter and Bogusky to revamp the advertising and “the king” himself in the seventies and eighties.

From all the advertising they received around $367 million in dividends. Burger King actually partnered with George Lucas and promoted the movie “Star Wars.”The Burger King Franchise decided to also partner with Disney and Pokémon in 1999 and saw revenues soar from 1990-2000 from films like Beauty and the Beast and Toy Story!

Playing chess online helps in organizing life well

Why you should play chess online?

Ever since man started socializing, a number of games have been played to test his physical and mental skills. Many games came into existence, lasted for a while and then vanished when a superior game took over or the man lost charm in the present game. That has been the trend since the mankind came into existence and found sport as a useful pastime.

One exception to that trend should be none other than the game of chess, which, said to have been developed in India as part of learning skills for the royal princes during the Maurya Dynasty in 6th Century A.D, spread to other countries and is still popular among the people. Not only did the game gain mere popularity, the game has been elevated to the stature of international competition and now we have world championships at the highest professional level.

What is in the game of Chess that makes it unique and help sustain for such a longer period? Now, with the advent of technology, the game is further making inroads into the masses through the means of online chess.

Online chess has made it possible for any person, having a little bit of understanding and interest on the game, to find partners through the Internet and start playing the game with the primary intention of relaxing, relieving from the stress and also learning the game.

Now, coming back to the question of popularity, the game of chess, also referred to as a war game or a battle, has many things in common with the day-to-day life of people, and teaches many virtues to the chess player that goes beyond his game. It has been proved that children taking up the game of chess in their early age have outperformed their friends in the academic studies.

The game calls for serious thinking and attention on the part of the player. Sitting across the board, he should be not only thinking about his moves in the board, but should also anticipate and analyze the moves of the opponent from his view, and then plan out his tactics and strategy. Even the tactics might not result in success if the opponent comes out with a different move, jeopardizing the player’s tactics. Dynamic planning, visualizing, analyzing and utmost concentration are required for saying checkmate to the opponent in the game.

This thinking process, in the long run, cultivates the habit of critical analysis, visualizing and dynamic planning on the part of the player. These traits go beyond the game and will guide a player in his life and paves for critical thinking, analysis and visualization. Hasty decisions taken out of passion or without any analysis were the main reasons for failure or lack of success in a person’s life. The game of chess helps a person have control over his decisions which will ultimately pave way for a better life.

Chess is also referred to as a war game or a battle. In a real battle, the commandant places his forces in strategic points for attack on the opponent, decides of sacrifices to gain spatial advantage and also applies tactics to weaken the opponent with captures and then launches the attack. Similarly, in the chessboard, the major and minor pieces are placed at strategic points controlling important squares and player might resort to tactical sacrifices of pawn or minor pieces to gain advantage over space.

All these nice things in chess can be mastered by an individual person without the assistance of a partner, by playing chess online.

Fun Facts on Disney

The theme park opened to guest in 2001, at the Disneyland resort in Southern California. Disney World opened on October 1, 1971. Disney World spans thirty nine square miles outside of Orlando Florida. The Walt Disney World Resort includes multiple theme parks like: Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. The California Scream in is a 6,000 foot long steel roller coaster that takes guest from 0 to 55mph in four seconds! It features a 360 degree loop-de-loop around a shimmering silhouette of Mickey! The Sun Wheel appears to dip people into a lagoon. The illusion was created by building a bunker in the bay that goes below the water level and then placing mirrors so it look like the gondolas go under water.

There are two 6,000 gallon submarine tanks that provide the “bug spray” in the ‘It’s tough to be a bug! Attraction at Disney California Adventure. In addition 70,000 perfume pellets are used to create the stink effect. Disney World itself has over 65,000 employees and more than 8,000 acres are set aside to preserve wildlife! In the early years of Disney the park goers were given tickets labelled A to E to ride the rides. The E rides were considered the best and if you needed more tickets you had to buy them. Disney Worlds Space Mountain was the first enclosed roller coaster in the world! The ride was tested by Russian and American astronauts. The buses in Walt Disney World log a total of 12 million miles a year and there are more than one thousand bus drivers!

There is about four tons of food fed to the animals every day! The Epcot center was originally designed as a model for a Utopian society. Through water conservation Disney World has saved 2.5 billion gallons of water. Waste is treated and used in the park as fertilizer. They have trees growing in greenhouses and so they can be easily replaced. There are more than 20,000 different shades of paint used throughout Disney World! There is only one building to fly a flag in Disney is the Swiss Family Tree House which flies the flag of Switzerland. Cinderella’s Castle is a mere twenty feet shy of being required by the Federal Aviation Administration to have red light on it. The castle spires aren’t really attached to the castle but nearby buildings to appear as part of the castle.

Fun Facts about Dominoes Pizza

Pizza is a $35 billion a year industry! Everyone loves pizza! Dominoes opened their doors in Detroit in 1960. It was opened by Thomas Monaghan who borrowed $500 to buy the store. By the seventies there were 200 pizza businesses in the States and Dominoes was ready to go international! Dominoes delivered 400 million pizzas last year. That is actually a pizza and a half for every man, woman and child in the United States. They opened their 5000th store in the U.S. in 2006 in Illinois. Dominoes 3,000th international store opened in Panama. They are the world’s fastest pizza maker and make a large pizza in 46.4 seconds!

The companies’ drivers cover 9 million miles each week in the U.S. alone. The company is the busiest on Super Bowl Sunday. They deliver around 1.3 million pizzas nationwide on that day. That is a third more than a usual Sunday. We have all seen those three dots in the logo, but what do they stand for? They actually represent the first three Domino stores. The plan was to add a dot for every new store, but that plan ran out of space! According to a survey pizza is the fourth most craved food behind cheese, chocolate and ice cream. There are around 3 billion pizzas sold in the U.S. each year. There are around 69,000 pizza stores in the United States alone. Americans eat 100 acres of pizza a day and 350 slices per second!

Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices of pizza each year! Pepperoni is Americas favourite topping and they eat 251,770,000 pounds a year! Among the toppings that American are not so keen are are anchovies. In 1830 pizza began with the world’s first pizzeria in Port Alba. They pizzas were cooked in ovens lined with lava from Mount Vesuvius in Naples. Pizza makers have tried every topping including peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs and mashed potatoes! The most popular international toppings according to Dominoes are pickled ginger, minced mutton and tofu. Squid and octopus and Mayou Jaga and green peas in Brazil.

In Russia they like pizza with Mockba which is sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon and onions. In France they like Flambee which is bacon, onions and fresh cream! At first Dominoes only sold one type of crust which was named the regular pizza. Then in 1989 they came out with the Deep Pan Pizza which ensured their growth and they opened their 5,000th store. Then in 1992 they decided to add some bread sticks to the menu. Then in 1994, they came out with chicken wings. They declared global sales of $3 billion!

Fun Facts about Crayola

In 1998, the Crayola 64 box celebrated its 40th birthday with the reintroduction of its original packaging complete with sharpener and package graphics. To celebrate an actually crayon box and assortment of advertising became part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The first box of crayons was sold in 1903 for a nickel! It included the same colours available in the eight count box which were red, blue, yellow, green violet, orange, black and brown. The name Crayola came from Alice Binney the wife of the company founder Edwin and a former school teacher.

She actually combined the words craie which is French for chalk and Ola for oleaginous because the crayons are petroleum based. Binny and Smith produce more than 2 billion crayons each year! That is an average of 5 million a day. That is enough to circle the globe 4/1/2 times or make a giant crayon 35 feet wide and 400 feet long. The average child will wear down 730 crayons by his or her 10th birthday! Kids 2-8 spend at least 28 mins a day colouring. Children in the U.S. spend 6.3 billion hours colouring annually. That is nearly 10,000 human lifetimes! Most crayons colour names are taken from the US Commerce Departments National Bureau of Standards book called “Color: Universal Language and Dictionary names.” Many crayon names also come from traditional artists paints.

Crayola Crayon colour names rarely change. However, there are some exceptions. In 1958, Prussian blue was changed to midnight blue because a teacher recommended that children could not relate to Prussian blue and its history. In 1962, the colour flesh was changed to peach because the company realized that not everyone flesh is the same shade so it made sense to just change the name. There are actually 120 core crayola crayon colors. However, now there are 400 new colours since 1903. Crayola carries more than just crayons. They also have pencils, markers, paint, clay, colouring books and tools. As well the company has more than 1000 print and color images, games, activities and crafts.

Crayola wants to raise creative children. They feel that creative people can problem solve and communicate in new ways. Every business needs people like scientists, engineers, researchers, artists, writers, illustrators, educators and parents. With the power of imagination and the incorporation of Crayola products children can learn to be creative and grow into great adults!

Fun Facts on Peg Per ego

Peg Per ego is an Italian line of baby products which are chic and convenient. It is well known among the upper crust of society and also with celebrities. The Per ego brand was born out of necessity in 1949 by a Giuseppe Per ego who decided to design his own baby carriage. The beauty, functionality and materials that were used caught the eye of his neighbours in their small Italian neighbourhood. He was flooded with requests from friends and neighbours to make them the same carriage and so the company evolved. The strollers are manufactured in Italy which is how the strollers have their names.

Each piece also comes with plush Italian fabric on the seats. Stars love the Peg Per ego products. In fact in the movie “The Nanny Diaries” the actress Scarlett Johansson is pushing a Pliko P3 around. The Peg Per ego is distributed widely throughout Italy and Europe as well as North America. They have offices in Italy, Brazil, Canada and the U.S.The Company has a mission to be dedicated to designing and manufacturing. They want to have innovative and original baby and stroller products that are designed for the consumers. They are committed to making their strollers live up to the demands of upscale parent who want products that are individual, fashion forward and full of quality and security.

One thing that is nice about the Peg Perego line is that they actually have the only stroller that can be converted into a carriage with one easy move. Along with this the stroller has a reversible handle so the baby can sit facing the parent or facing forward to take in the scenery. A fun fact about Peg Per ego is that the strollers definitely stand out! They come in a variety of bright and vibrant color schemes that have three different modern and fashionable colors to choose from. Normally there are only two colors in other baby strollers.

These designs and colors will add whimsy and keep the little ones intrigues while being wheeled around town. Peg Per ego also has a line of battery powered riding toys and accessories that have been around for an astounding 50 years! In fact the company is so advanced that it sells battery powered John Deere, Polaris, Cub Cadet, Ducati and Vespa ride on toys for kids.