8 Interesting Facts About Famous Businesses

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  1. Mushyrulez June 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    No offense, but you guys seem to be repeating a lot of already-said stuff, now…

    Perhaps you could take a bit of a break to think of new ideas?

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven June 9, 2011 at 7:06 am - Reply

      @Mushyrulez: None taken. Much of the content of the infographics are usually condensed from the various articles here or on Misconception Junction, basically for people who like the content short and sweet or for those who haven’t seen the older articles (about 400+ and counting).

      The articles posted are always new content and we are working on getting another writer or two soon to up the number of articles per week a bit more, but it’s difficult to find good writers who are also good researchers, which is key for this site. Having ideas isn’t the problem (the list currently stands at about 300+ good article ideas). It’s more of a time thing at the moment, but I’m working on it. :-)

  2. T June 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I like the way you do this site, but where do you do your research? I’ve been copywriting for years and I rarely find websites that handle accurate and interesting facts with any frequency.

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven June 21, 2011 at 3:30 am - Reply

      @T: The source articles are below the infographic and those have many sources per article (too many to list all combined here, hence why I just point back to the original article). The lack of quality “fact” websites out there was a huge part of my motivation to start this site. You can read a bit about who writes here in the “about” and “authors” section. I particularly have a background in research though and am very meticulous when researching articles. I have a goal of only ever putting factual information on this site. I’m sure I’ll slip up at some point; I’ve even found several errors in various Ken Burns documentaries and he’s one of the best, so it happens to everybody. But so far so good.

      • Jenn R May 20, 2013 at 1:36 am - Reply

        Found one mistake: Smith had a weekend in Vegas, not a weakened. Sorry.

        • Daven Hiskey
          Daven Hiskey May 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

          @Jenn R: It’s always something. ;-)

  3. vishith June 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Daven u are doing absolutely wonderful job. i have learnt so many things through ur website. Keep up the good work man!!!!!!!


  4. alicez June 15, 2011 at 4:01 am - Reply

    the first drive-thru in canada was a tim hortons in sudbury. my audio tech teacher installed it

  5. lolol June 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    lmao all these fools spending a lot of time defending and criticizing people, get a life. lol

  6. bro tip June 30, 2011 at 9:15 am - Reply

    how the hell did you spell ‘weekend’ like this…weakened?

    lol that’s just stupid

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven June 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      @bro tip: “how the hell did you spell ‘weekend’ like this…weakened?” It’s quite easy actually. What you do is when you get to that second “e”, you have your finger type an “a” instead. ;-)

  7. car lock outs Lock July 2, 2011 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Sources at the bottom, because I’m sure some idiot’s gonna come in here, thumbs-down, and say “citation needed” smugly.

  8. Dane Dawson July 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Founder of FEDEX wagered the last of company funds that weakened….What? That should have been weekend, when he was gambling, not that he was weakening the company……This is a great site, and you should be proofing your work a little more carefully.

  9. Jake December 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    always amusing that by giving people something they feel the need to do nothing but criticize you for it.

    That babyruth one is nuts though, I’ll have to bring that one up to some people next time I spot a baby ruth.

  10. John December 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    In your FedEx story, surely you mean that Fred Smith flew to Las Vegas and played blackjack all WEEKEND, and not WEAKENED, as you say in your story? If I had the power to do so, I would have Spellcheck removed from every computer on Earth! Tsk! Tsk!

  11. John December 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    In your SOS story, there really is no such thing as an aluminium ‘pot’. In the popular phrase ‘pots and pans’, the word ‘pot’ is short for ‘pottery’ and covers cups, saucers and plates, etc., hence an aluminium ‘pot’ is not possible. It is more correct to say ‘aluminium pan, or saucepan’. See! So there!

    • Linda January 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Jeez!…and there is a fundamental difference between a POT and a PAN… and I mean by substance (metal), shape and use, NOT crockery.

  12. chris July 28, 2014 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    An interesting side note to the Baby Ruth story, a boy was hired by that pilot (Doug Davis) to do the “bombing,” and that boy was Paul Tibbets, who later went on to pilot the Enola Gay which dropped the first atomic bomb in 1945. (source: “Masters of the Air” by Donald L. Miller, 2006, p165)

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven Hiskey July 29, 2014 at 3:20 am - Reply

      @chris: Interesting stuff :-)

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