I have searched high and low to find you the most bizarre, interesting facts about technology from the very first computer, to technology of the future.

  1. A red panda is an animal native to the Himalayas and southwestern China. The English word for red panda is ‘Firefox’ which is where the browser gets its name from – so the Firefox logo is actually a red panda, not a fox!
  2. Dragon Skin Body Armour is a newer invention that can withstand a grenade explosion at point-blank range.
  3. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath a tree, with an apple about to hit his head.
  4. Google rents out goats from a company called California Grazing to help cut down the amount of weeds and brush at Google HQ!
  5. The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, was a college drop out.
  6. Bill Gates house was designed using a Macintosh Computer.
  7. The word robot comes from the Czech “robota“. This translates into forced labour, or work.
  8. CD’s, or Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, which is the reverse of how records work.
  9. You cannot reverse a Bitcoin transaction, or be forced to pay.
  10. The average computer user blinks seven times a minute, the normal rate is twenty times per minute.
  11. The first ever VCR, which was made in 1956, was the size of a piano!
  12. On an average work day, a typist’s fingers travel about 12.6 miles.
  13. The first alarm clock could only ring at 4am.
  14. The 30th of November is known as “Computer Security Day“.
  15. On 1st April 2005, NASA pulled a prank telling the world that they had found water on Mars.
  16. The radio took 38 years to reach a market audience of 50 million.
  17. The television took 13 years to reach a market audience of 50 million.
  18. The iPod took 3 years to reach a market audience of 50 million.
  19. If you was to have your picture taken by the very first camera, you’d need to sit still for 8 hours.
  20. A dentist named Alfred Southwick invented the electric chair.
  21. The creators of the PNG file format wanted it to be pronounced as ‘ping’.
  22. Skype is banned from the public in China.

Computer Facts

  1. Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard.
  2. The Apple II had a hard drive of only 5 megabytes when it was launched.
  3. In general, people tend to read as much as 10% slower from a screen than from paper.
  4. Ubuntu is one of the more popular distributions of Linux. The word Ubuntu comes from an African word meaning “I am because of you”.
  5. The Name “Macintosh” Was Inspired by an Apple with the name “mcintosh”.
  6. In 1932 Professor August Dvorak created the Dvorak keyboard, which was made to be superior to the standard QWERTY keyboard.
  7. Doug Engelbart created the very first computer mouse from wood in 1964.
  8. Christopher Sholes invented the QWERTY keyboard in 1868.
  9. The Apple Lisa was the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) and a mouse.
  10. The Apple Lisa was released in June 1983.
  11. In 1822, Charles Babbage created the first computer.
  12. 1024 Gigabytes is equal to 1 Terabyte.
  13. 1024 Terabytes is equal to 1 Petabyte.
  14. 1 Petabyte can hold 13.3 years of HD-TV video.
  15. 86% of people try to plug their USB devices upside down.

Video Game Facts

  1. The last game for the Sega Mega Drive was released in 2010 and was so popular it sold out before release.
  2. Since 2008, video games have outsold DVD’s each year.
  3. Microsoft’s third Xbox console is the Xbox One and was released on 22nd November 2013.
  4. The average age of gamers in the United States is 35.
  5. In 2010, the United States Air Force used 1,760 Playstation 3’s to build a supercomputer for the Department of Defense. They used PS3’s because it was more cost efficient and “green”.
  6. The Sega Dreamcast was the first 128-bit console in the market.
  7. The Dreamcast was the first console which allowed real-time online play feature.
  8. Surgeons who grew up playing video games make 37% fewer mistakes.
  9. Nintendo was started in 1889 as a playing card company.
  10. The Xbox 360 was first released on 22nd November 2005 and is Microsoft’s second video games console.
  11. In January 2007, the PS3 DualShock controller won an Emmy Award for ‘Peripheral Development and Technological Impact of Video Game Controllers’ by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  12. In Japan, the Nintendo Wii2 has been nicknamed the “Weenie” (Wii-ni) because the Japanese number for two is ‘ni’.
  13. The Sony Playstation 4 was released on 29th November 2013 in Europe & Australia – two weeks after it lauched in North America.
  14. The Atari 2600 was originally called “Atari Video Computer System”, or “VCS”.

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