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30 Things Only Baby Boomers Will Remember

When VCRs came out, they sold for $1,200. Eventually, you could rent videos for $4.95/day (US). At the end of the era, you could buy a VCR, complete with a remote for $59 and movies were often five videos for five days for five dollars.

Your author was fortunate to take typing lessons in public school during 5th grade, around age eleven. We all had to bring our own typewriters from home. Mine was about 30 pounds in came in a box like a hard suitcase. I was envious of the kids who had smaller typewriters. I was especially envious of the few who had electric typewriters. Imagine, with an electric typewriter, one didn’t have to make a point of pressing the A and the ; keys hard enough to match the impressions on the paper of the J and F keys.

When the phone rang, you answered it! There was no way of knowing who was calling, and they couldn’t leave messages until later, when answering machines became common. Most of the answering machines used cassette tapes. You had to rewind or fast-forward through the tape to hear your messages. Every now and then, something would go wrong and the tape would spill out of the cassette. When that happened you had to carefully suck it back in by turning one of the spools with a Bic pen stuck through it’s middle. Bic pens fit just right. Nothing else worked as well.

All serious amateur photographers had darkrooms. This was a room in the house where the photographer could lay out trays of chemicals, and a vertically-oriented projector that would shine light through negatives onto light-sensitive paper. The paper was then soaked in three trays of chemicals to develop the print. Drying these was always problematic. You couldn’t just leave a print laying around. It would curl up into a tight spiral. For black-and-white photos, which most were at the time, the darkroom had a dim red or orange light, called a safelight, that allowed a person to see, but would not harm the photos. For color photography, the safelight was a ridiculously dim olive green.

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10 Strange Facts About Cars

The world’s first recorded car accident occurred in 1891 in Ohio, United States, when a buggy collided with a bicycle.

The average car has around 30,000 parts.

The longest traffic jam in history occurred in China in 2010 and lasted for 12 days, stretching over 100 kilometers (62 miles).

The Bugatti Veyron, one of the world’s fastest cars, has 10 radiators to keep its engine cool.

The Porsche 911 has remained in continuous production since 1963.

A woman in England had to take her driver’s test 47 times before she finally passed. Quite possibly her examiner got taken for a ride.

The world’s most expensive car sold at auction was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which fetched $48.4 million.

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car model of all time, with over 45 million units sold.

The Lamborghini company was founded as a result of a disagreement between Ferruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari.

The average car spends about 95% of its lifetime parked.

The first car to have an onboard navigation system was the 1990 Mazda Eunos Cosmo.

The Volkswagen Group owns 12 car brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, and Bugatti.

The airbags in cars were first introduced in the 1970s.

The first car to reach 100 mph (160 km/h) was a 1904 Belgian car called the “Mercedes-Simplex.”

The first car with a standardized left-hand driving position was introduced by Cadillac in 1916.

The fastest recorded speed by a street-legal production car is 304.77 mph (490.48 km/h) by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.

The electric car controversy: If you have solar panels on your roof that charge your electric car, then you are most likely less impactful on the earth than anyone driving a gasoline, diesel or even a hybrid car. However, if your car’s electricity is coming from the grid, then the fossil fuel needed to generate and transport the electricity to your car is actually more than the equivalent use of fuel in a car.

The other consideration is what to do with the expired batteries. Our best technologists have not yet come up with a good way to recycle large quantities of lithium ion batteries as of 2023. Since these batteries are tremendously expensive to replace, the value of an electric car after perhaps ten years will be so low that the entire car may need to be junked.

Some engineers have experimented with using an electric car’s battery to power a house at night, and solar cells to power the house and recharge the car by day. This would reduce or eliminate the need for large household batteries.

The average person will spend around 4 years of their life driving a car.

The windshield wipers were invented by Mary Anderson in 1903.

The world’s first traffic light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914.

The first car radio was invented in 1929 by Paul Galvin and was called the “Motorola.”

The world’s largest car manufacturer is currently Toyota.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom uses an estimated 450 pounds (204 kilograms) of soundproofing materials to create a quiet cabin.

The BMW logo represents a spinning aircraft propeller, as BMW originally manufactured airplane engines. BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, although in America it’s often called Bavaria Motor Works.

The McLaren F1, introduced in 1992, was the first production car to have a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis.

The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902 in New York City. The driver was caught going 12 mph (19 km/h) in an 8 mph (13 km/h) zone.

The average car has enough steel to build about 45 bicycles.

The Chevrolet Corvette was initially intended to be a limited production model, but its popularity led to continuous production since 1953.

The world’s first car with an entirely carbon fiber body was the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12.

The Ferrari company produces fewer than 10,000 cars per year to maintain exclusivity.

The first recorded car race took place in France in 1894, covering a distance of approximately 79 miles (127 km) from Paris to Rouen.

Having been produced for more than 30 years in nearly the same configuration, the Volkswagen Beetles and Volkswagen vans have bucked traditional automotive engineering, yet they were very successful. Unlike most cars the engines are mounted in the rear, behind the rear wheels. The engines have two cylinders one one side of the crankshaft, and two on the other. The engines are air-cooled. The engines do not have an air filter beyond a simple screen in the bottom of the crankcase. Instead of ordinary springs for suspension, the wheels are sprung with steel bars that twist and untwist.

There were some problems with Volkswagens. The vans were prone to tipping over. The engines could overheat. And speaking of heat, since the engines were air-cooled, they couldn’t have a water-based heat exchanger. Instead they had sheet metal wrapped around the exhaust system in which air flowed to gather heat. This warm air was then piped into the passenger compartment. The end result was a heating system that wasn’t very warm in the winter. Furthermore, the sheet metal would rust out in a few years in many climates, resulting in no heating system at all. Finally, front-end collisions were often terrible in Beetles and vans.

Silly Laws Still On The Books Involving Automobiles

In Memphis, Tennessee, a woman cannot legally drive unless there is a man running on foot ahead of her car with a red flag to warn motorists that a woman is driving. Like many of these laws, this one is seldom enforced.

In Russia, it is illegal to drive a dirty car. You can be fined for driving a car that is visibly dirty.

In Alabama, USA, it is illegal to drive blindfolded. (Seems obvious, but it’s an actual law!)

In Denmark, it is mandatory to check underneath your car for sleeping children before starting the engine.

In Thailand, it is illegal to drive without a shirt on.

In California, USA, it is illegal to jump out of a moving car.

In Cyprus, it is illegal to eat or drink while driving.

In Japan, it is illegal to splash pedestrians with water from puddles while driving.

In Nevada, USA, it is illegal to ride a camel on the highway.

In Saudi Arabia, only men are allowed to drive cars.

In Massachusetts, USA, it is illegal to operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat.

In Singapore, it is illegal to drive without a valid Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) device during certain hours.

In Australia, it is illegal to drive with a person or animal tied to the outside of your vehicle.

In Oklahoma, USA, it is illegal to read a comic book while driving.

In Minnesota, USA, it is illegal to cross state lines with a duck atop your head.

In Ohio, USA, it is illegal to drive a car without a steering wheel.

In Hawaii, USA, it is illegal to place coins in your ears while driving.

In Oregon, USA, it is illegal to go hunting from a moving vehicle unless the target is a whale.

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Motorcycles

Motorcycles were initially seen as a mode of transportation primarily for women due to their perceived ease of use.

The first motorcycle was built in 1885 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, known as the “Daimler Reitwagen.”

The fastest production motorcycles in the world, the Dodge Tomahawk, can reach speeds of up to 350 mph (560 km/h). Offered in 2003 they have 500-horsepower, 8.3-liter (506 cubic inch), 10-cylinder engines. Only ten of these machines were produced. They were not street-legal, produced strictly for speed.

The longest motorcycle jump record stands at 351 feet 3 inches (107 meters) and was achieved by Robbie Maddison.

The first mass-produced motorcycle was the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, introduced in 1894, 16 years before the Ford Model T.

The Harley-Davidson company started in a shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1903.

The most expensive motorcycle ever sold at an auction was a 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, which fetched $929,000 in 2018.

The term “crotch rocket” is a slang term for a sportbike, known for its aggressive styling and high-performance capabilities.

The fastest electric motorcycle, the Lightning LS-218, can reach speeds of over 218 mph (350 km/h).

The longest journey ever completed on a motorcycle is 457,000 miles (735,000 km), achieved by Emilio Scotto from Argentina. He completed his 10-year ride in 2009 on a 1980 Honda Gold Wing.

The first motorcycle helmet was invented in 1914 by Dr. Eric Gardner.

The most commonly used motorcycle engine configuration is the V-twin, where two cylinders are arranged in a V shape.

The first motorcycle police patrol was established in Berkeley, California, in 1911.

Many motorcycles until about 30 years ago had 2-cycle engines. These engines had to burn a little oil mixed into their gasoline to keep the engines lubricated.

The large Harley Davidson engines are more than 25% bigger than Honda CR-V engines.

The world’s largest motorcycle rally is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held annually in South Dakota, USA. Over 350,000 people attend.

In some countries, motorcycles are used as a cost-effective alternative to ambulances, especially in congested urban areas.

Motorcycles are much more fuel-efficient than cars, with some models achieving over 100 miles per gallon (42 km/L).

The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, is a popular location for motorcycle speed record attempts due to its flat and smooth surface.

The most popular motorcycle brand in the world is Honda, followed by Yamaha and Harley-Davidson.

The longest continuous wheelie on a motorcycle is 205 miles (330 km) and was achieved by Yasuyuki Kudo.

The term “café racer” refers to a style of motorcycle that originated in the 1960s and is characterized by its stripped-down appearance and high-speed capabilities.

The fastest land speed record achieved by a motorcycle is 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h) by Rocky Robinson on the Ack Attack streamliner.

The first motorcycle jump over a car was performed by Evel Knievel in 1967.

The first motorcycle gang, known as the “Wino Willie’s”, was formed in California in the 1940s.

Motorcycles were originally called “motocycles” in the early days.

The term “chopper” originated from motorcycle enthusiasts who chopped off or customized parts of their motorcycles to make them lighter or more aesthetically appealing.

The motorcycle with the largest engine displacement in production is the Triumph Rocket 3, with a 2,500cc engine.

Motorcycle riders are less likely to be involved in fatal accidents compared to car drivers, but more likely to be seriously injured in an accident.

In New York, which is probably typical of most places, one out of every four car drivers gets in an accident every year. Most are little fender benders. The same kind of impact on a motorcycle could be much more serious. Fortunately, visibility and maneuverability on motorcycles is generally better, so some accidents can be avoided.

Motorcycles can stop in a very short distance compared to cars.

The Guinness World Record for the most people on a single motorcycle is 56, achieved by the Indian Army’s motorcycle display team.

The term “lane splitting” refers to the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic, which is legal in some countries and states.

Motorized unicycles and monocycles have been built by enterprising inventors from time to time. A unicycle consists of a small wheel with the rider on top. A monocycle is a large wheel with the rider inside. Monocycles usually have outrigger bars or wheels in front. Without the outriggers, a sudden application of the brakes would not stop the wheel. It would continue to spin with the rider spinning inside.

The first motorcycle road race took place in France in 1897 and covered a distance of 78 miles (125 km).

The Suzuki Hayabusa, introduced in 1999, held the title of the fastest production motorcycle for many years.

The smallest road-legal motorcycle is the Honda Motocompo, which can be folded into a compact size and fits into the trunk of a car. This was produced between 1981 and 1983 with a 49cc two-stroke engine and single speed transmission. The total weight was 93 lbs (42kg).

The longest motorcycle parade involved 4,405 participants and was achieved in the Philippines in 2013.

Motorcycles are often used in professional bicycle races as camera platforms, allowing photographers to capture dynamic shots of the race.

The record for the highest speed reached by a motorcycle while being ridden blindfolded is 265.33 mph (426.99 km/h) by Ben Bostrom.

The Honda Super Cub (pictured above) is the best-selling motor vehicle of all time, with over 100 million units sold worldwide since its introduction in 1958.

In some countries, motorcycles are modified to serve as taxis, providing quick and affordable transportation in congested urban areas.

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Movies

The world’s first film studio, the Black Maria, was built by Thomas Edison in 1893. It had a revolving roof to capture sunlight for filming.

“The Shawshank Redemption,” now considered a classic, was a box office flop when it was initially released in 1994.

The first film to use Technicolor, “The Gulf Between,” was released in 1917.

The highest-grossing film of all time is “Avengers: Endgame,” released in 2019, with a global box office revenue of over $2.79 billion.

The first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture was “Wings” in 1929.

“Jaws” (1975) was the first summer blockbuster, changing the way movies are released and marketed.

The record for the most expensive film ever made is held by “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011), with a budget of $378.5 million.

The first movie with synchronized sound dialogue, “The Jazz Singer,” was released in 1927.

Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie “Psycho” (1960) was the first to show a flushing toilet on screen.

“Avatar” (2009) was the first film to gross over $2 billion at the box office.

The first film to be entirely computer-generated was “Toy Story” (1995), produced by Pixar Animation Studios.

The movie industry in India, known as Bollywood, produces the most films per year, surpassing Hollywood.

“Citizen Kane” (1941), directed by Orson Welles, is often considered one of the greatest films of all time but initially struggled at the box office.

“Gone with the Wind” (1939) is the longest film to win the Best Picture Oscar, with a runtime of 3 hours and 58 minutes.

The world’s largest film studio complex is Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, India, spanning over 1,666 acres. That’s 2.6 square miles or 6.74 square kilometers.

The first film to have a sequel was “The Birth of a Nation” (1915). It was followed by “The Fall of a Nation” in 1916.

The concept of movie trailers started in the early 1900s when advertisers would show short clips after the movie ended.

The iconic MGM lion roar was first heard in the movie “White Shadows in the South Seas” (1928).

“Cinema” is derived from the Greek word “kinema,” meaning “movement.”

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) surpassed “Star Wars” (1977) as the highest-grossing film of all time and held the record for 11 years.

The term “blockbuster” originated from World War II, describing bombs that could destroy an entire city block.

“The Godfather” (1972) was the first film to show a character, played by Marlon Brando, speaking with his mouth full.

The first color film was “The World, the Flesh, and the Devil” (1914), which used a process called Kinemacolor.

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Purses

The world’s most expensive purse, the “Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse,” is valued at $3.8 million US and is adorned with over 4,500 diamonds.

The average woman owns around 13 different purses.

The transparent purse trend became popular in the 1950s, allowing women to showcase the contents of their bags.

The word “purse” comes from the Latin word “bursa,” which means “bag” or “pouch.”

The oldest known purse dates back to the 14th century and was discovered in a medieval graveyard in Yorkshire, England.

The smallest purse ever made is known as the “Le Chiquito Mini Bag” by Jacquemus, which measures just 2 inches (5cm) in width.

The iconic Hermes Birkin bag was named after actress and singer Jane Birkin, who complained to the company’s CEO about the lack of practical handbags.

The Chanel 2.55 bag, created by Coco Chanel, was named after the month and year it was introduced (February 1955).

The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was originally designed as a travel bag but later became a popular everyday handbag.

In the 18th century, men also carried purses known as “reticules” to hold personal items like snuffboxes and money.

The world’s largest collection of handbags belongs to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and features over 800 purses.

In Japan, it is considered impolite to place a purse on the ground as it is seen as a sign of disrespect.

The first handbags designed for women had no pockets, as pockets were considered masculine at the time.

The practice of carrying a rabbit’s foot in a purse for good luck originated in the early 20th century.

The first designer handbag was created by the luxury brand Hermès in 1922.

Some high-end designer purses can take up to 18 hours to create by hand.

In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore small pouches tied around their waist, known as “chatelaines,” to carry their belongings.

The term “clutch” originated in the 19th century and referred to a small purse that women could “clutch” in their hands.

The clutch purse gained popularity during the 1920s when women needed a small, elegant bag to complement their flapper dresses.

The term “wristlet” refers to a small purse with a strap or handle that can be worn around the wrist.

In some cultures, carrying an empty purse is considered bad luck, as it represents financial loss.

The modern backpack was originally designed in the 1930s as a purse for hiking and outdoor activities.

In the 19th century, women’s dresses often had hidden pockets sewn into the seams to carry small purses.

The first zippered purse was introduced in the 1920s and quickly became popular for its convenience.

The term “satchel” refers to a large, structured purse with a handle and a flap closure.

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US Navy

The U.S. Navy is the largest navy in the world, with over 330,000 active-duty personnel and more than 290 deployable ships.

The U.S. Navy was established on October 13, 1775, making it the oldest navy in the world.

The U.S. Navy’s motto is “Semper Fortis,” which translates to “Always Courageous.”

The Navy’s aircraft carriers are the largest warships in the world, with the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) being the latest and most advanced carrier. It weighs approximately 100,000 tons.

The U.S. Navy operates around 70 submarines, including ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and attack submarines (SSNs).

The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron is composed of highly skilled aviators who showcase the capabilities of naval aviation at airshows across the United States.

The Navy SEALs are one of the most elite special operations forces in the world, known for their expertise in unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, and special reconnaissance.

The U.S. Navy played a crucial role in World War II, including major battles such as the Battle of Midway, Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the D-Day invasion.

The Navy’s research and development agency, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has contributed to significant technological advancements, including the development of radar, GPS, and the Global Positioning System.

The U.S. Navy has its own version of the Marine Corps’ Marine One helicopter, which is used to transport the President of the United States.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is a civilian law enforcement agency that investigates and prevents crimes involving the Navy and Marine Corps.

The U.S. Navy has its own hospital ships, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy, which provide medical assistance during humanitarian missions and natural disasters.

The Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), commonly known as SEAL Team Six, is one of the most secretive and elite units within the Navy SEALs.

The U.S. Navy’s naval aviators and flight officers are trained at the Naval Aviation Schools Command, located in Pensacola, Florida.

The U.S. Navy has a long-standing tradition of crossing the equator, known as the “Shellback Ceremony,” where sailors who have not crossed before undergo initiation rituals.

The U.S. Navy’s submarine force has a tradition called the “Order of the Ditch,” where submariners who have crossed the International Date Line are initiated into a unique brotherhood.

The Navy’s uniform regulations require sailors to have a specific number of buttons visible on their uniforms, depending on their rank.

The U.S. Navy’s fleet is powered by various types of propulsion, including nuclear power for aircraft carriers and submarines, and gas turbines for destroyers and other surface ships.

The Navy operates a fleet of aircraft, including fighter jets, helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft, and unmanned aerial systems (drones).

The U.S. Navy’s ceremonial band, known as the United States Navy Band, performs at official events, concerts, and ceremonies around the world.

The Navy has its own code of conduct, known as the “Navy’s Core Values,” which include honor, courage, and commitment.

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Reactors program is responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the nuclear propulsion systems used in submarines and aircraft carriers.

The Navy operates its own satellite communications system, known as the Navy’s Fleet Satellite Communications System.

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Netflix

Netflix was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph as a DVD rental-by-mail service.

In its early years, Netflix’s main competition was Blockbuster, the brick-and-mortar video rental giant. Blockbuster had the opportunity to buy Netflix for $50 million in 2000 but declined the offer.

The first-ever DVD rented on Netflix was the movie “Apollo 13.”

Netflix introduced its streaming service in 2007, allowing subscribers to watch movies and TV shows instantly on their computers.

The first TV show to be streamed on Netflix was the political drama series “House of Cards” in 2013, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

Netflix has over 208 million subscribers worldwide as of 2021.

The company operates in more than 190 countries.

Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things” became a massive hit and quickly gained a cult following.

In 2019, Netflix received a record-breaking 160 Emmy nominations.

The company spends billions of dollars each year on producing original content.

“The Crown,” a historical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is one of the most expensive TV shows ever produced. The first season alone had a budget of $130 million.

Netflix has been credited with popularizing the binge-watching trend, allowing viewers to watch entire seasons of shows in one sitting.

The company has an algorithm that recommends shows and movies based on users’ viewing history and preferences.

Netflix’s iconic logo, often referred to as the “N” logo, was created by a freelance graphic designer named Susan Bradley.

Netflix offers employees unlimited vacation time, allowing them to take time off whenever they want without restrictions.

The company has its own font called “Netflix Sans,” which was developed in collaboration with the type foundry Dalton Maag.

In 2013, Netflix produced its first original documentary, “The Square,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.

The company has experimented with interactive storytelling, allowing viewers to choose their own paths in shows like “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.”

Netflix’s streaming service accounts for a significant percentage of internet traffic in many countries.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix gained over 37 million new subscribers due to increased demand for streaming entertainment.

The term “Netflix and chill” became a popular phrase, often used as a euphemism for casual sexual encounters.

Netflix has a history of reviving canceled TV shows. Examples include “Arrested Development” and “Lucifer.”

The company is known for its unique company culture, which includes a “Freedom and Responsibility” policy that empowers employees to make their own decisions.

Netflix has faced criticism for its decision to release entire seasons of shows at once, as some argue it promotes binge-watching and discourages weekly episodic discussions.

The Netflix logo was inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.

The company has expanded its content library to include a wide range of genres, including documentaries, stand-up comedy specials, anime, and international shows.

Netflix has been criticized by many, and lauded by others for a wide variety of adult entertainment. Series such as “Sex Education” and “The Year I Started Masturbating” cover taboo topics in a fairly tasteful manner. However, an erection is clearly shown in the series Easy (Season 1, Episode 3).

Netflix has been involved in the production of several critically acclaimed films, including “Roma,” “Marriage Story,” and “The Irishman.”

The company often uses data analytics to make decisions about which shows and movies to produce or acquire.

In 2015, Netflix announced that it would expand its service to include all countries, except for China.

As of 2021, the most-watched series on Netflix is “Bridgerton.”

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Internet

The first-ever message sent over the internet was “LOGIN” (in all caps) in 1969, but the computer crashed before they could send the full word.

The first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson.

The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com in 1985.

The first website ever created was info.cern.ch, which went online on August 6, 1991.

In 2013, the internet used 5% of the world’s electricity, and this is expected to rise to 20% by 2025.

In 2012, a group of hackers launched a cyber attack on Spamhaus, an anti-spam organization, that was so powerful it slowed down the entire internet.

The first banner ad on the internet, uploaded in 1994, read “Have you ever clicked your mouse right here? You will” and was for AT&T.

The first search engine was called Archie and was created in 1990.

The first webcam was invented in 1991 to keep an eye on a coffee pot at the University of Cambridge.

The first YouTube video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and it was entitled “Me at the zoo.”

The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006, by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

In 2005, a man sold his entire life on eBay, including his house, car, job, and friends. He then moved to a new city and started a new life.

The first ever online purchase was made in 1994, when a man bought a pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut.

The term “spam” for unwanted email was coined in 1994 by a group of Usenet users.

The world’s first website is still online and can be visited at info.cern.ch.

The first Internet worm, Morris Worm, was launched in 1988 and caused widespread disruption across the internet.

The first emoticon 🙂 was created in 1982 by computer scientist Scott Fahlman.

The world’s first banner ad had a click-through rate of 44%.

The first email marketing campaign was sent by Gary Thuerk of Digital Equipment Corporation in 1978, promoting a new computer model to 400 people.

The first website to sell goods online was Books.com in 1992.

The first online bank was called First Virtual Holdings and was launched in 1994.

The first online dating website was Match.com, which launched in 1995.

The first instant messaging service was called ICQ and was created in 1996.

The first blog was created by Justin Hall in 1994, and it was called Links.net.

The first Wi-Fi network was created in 1997 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The word “Internet” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 1993.

The first podcast was created in 2004 by Adam Curry and Dave Winer.

The first online photo was uploaded in 1992 by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.

The first browser was called WorldWideWeb and was created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990.

The first mobile phone with internet access was the Nokia 9000 Communicator, which was released in 1996.

The first virtual reality headset was called the Sensorama, and it was created in 1962 by Morton Heilig.

The first website to offer free online courses was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) OpenCourseWare, which launched in 2002.

The first website to offer live video streaming was JenniCam in 1996, which broadcast a live video feed from the creator’s dorm room.

The first website to feature animated GIFs was the website for the movie Space Jam in 1996.

The first website to offer free email was Hotmail, which launched in 1996.

The first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views was “Gangnam Style” by Psy.

“Google” is actually a misspelling of “googol,” which is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.