Ten interesting facts about different famous brands.
1. Did you know that Colgate originally made soaps and candles?
William Colgate, the founder of Colgate started selling soaps and candles in New York City under the name William Colgate & Company in the early 19th century. After his death, his son Samuel Colgate took control of the company and sold its first toothpaste, “Colgate’s Ribbon Dental Cream” in 1896.
2. Nokia started out as a Wood-Pulp mill! Nokia, the renowned consumer electronics company has been operating worldwide over the past 150 years after being founded in 1865. But did you know that Nokia originally started out as a pulp-mill in the city of Nokia in Finland! The company gradually expanded and focused on Telecommunications infrastructure since the 1990s.
3. Did you know what does ‘Volkswagen’ means in German?
Volkswagen is a German automobile manufacturing company founded in 1937. Volkswagen in German means “the people’s car.” The company now uses its name as its advertising slogan referencing the name’s meaning.
4. Do you know who produced the first chocolate bars?
In 1847, John Cadbury, the founder of Cadbury along with his brother Benjamin started a company that became known as the ‘Cadbury Brothers’. In 1849 they produced the first-ever chocolate bars which earned them the Royal Warrant as manufacturers of chocolate and cocoa to Queen Victoria.
5. Did you know that Nintendo was founded as a playing card company?
Fusajiro Yamauchi started a playing card company called ‘Yamauchi Nintendo’ in 1889 which produced and sold ‘Hanafuda cards’ (Japanese playing cards). However, after trying out several small niche businesses, Nintendo got its first major video game success in 1981 for the arcade game “Donkey Kong”.
6. Did you know what Jeff Bezos had originally named Amazon?
Initially, Jeff Bezos had named his e-commerce company ‘Cadabra’ instead of Amazon but decided to change the name after a lawyer had misheard the name as ‘Cadaver’! Bezos also seriously considered naming the company ‘Relentless’ before finally settling for Amazon. Even now if you search for ‘Relentless.com’ you will go straight to the Amazon homepage!
7. Did you know that Carlsberg once used ‘Swastika’ in their logo!
The Danish brewing company originally used ‘Swastika’ in their logo which represented the ancient symbol of prosperity and fortune in Sanskrit. But the company stopped using the symbol in 1940 for good!
8. Do you know why Facebook is primarily blue?
Facebook is primarily because Mark Zuckerberg, its founder is red-green color blind! The color that he can see the best is blue. And that is the reason why blue dominates the Facebook website and Mobile App.
9. The Queen owns a McDonald’s near the Buckingham Palace!
As the head of the state of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II owns a lot of land. The estimated net worth of her property is over $17 Billion! Her property empire includes Luxurious Hotels, Grand Racecourses and yes, she also happens to own a franchise of McDonald’s in Oxfordshire near Buckingham Palace!
10. Do you know where does the word Lego originate from?
The Lego Group is a Danish Toy Company that is best known for manufacturing linking plastic toy bricks. The word “Lego” is a combination of two Danish words “Leg” and “Godt” which means “Play Well”.