Even More Interesting but Useless Broadband and Internet Facts
As we’re so confident that you will have loved our previous article listing interesting but useless facts about broadband and the internet, we’ve decided to compile another with even more fun online facts you won’t believe. Okay, you probably will believe them as you know what a strange and wonderful place the internet can be, but even so, we’re sure you’ll get a kick out of them. Some of these facts may prove useful at your local pub quiz, whilst others may simply offer you something interesting to tell your friends the next time you’re down at the pub. Just FYI, please don’t hold us responsible if your friends don’t in fact find them interesting.
Spam has been around a long time
Last time we spoke about how email had actually been around since 1971. Well, for a blissful 7 years, those fortunate enough to use email did not need to worry about spam. All that changed one fateful day in 1978 however. Back then, 600 internet users were the recipients of a spam advertisement for a presentation provided by Digital Equipment Corporation for what was known as DEC system 2020. None of these 600 people asked for this email, and none found it useful. If only they knew then what we know now about spam.
You can still access the world’s first website
As we’re on the subject of world firsts, you can actually still access the very first website in the world. That’s right, it’s still online! Needless to say, it’s a very primitive HTML site, and it contains nothing more than a couple of lines of text, created via the first version of HTML. The site, if you’re interested, is info.cern.ch.
Ever hear people talking about a website’s URL, and you just nod your head aimlessly, hoping that the subject of conversation will soon change? Yes, us too. Well, the next time you hear people talking about web URLs, you can now relax, safe in the knowledge that URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
Gmail was once owned by Garfield
When you think of broadband and Gmail nowadays, you think of Google. Well, once upon a time, the hugely popular cartoon cat Garfield, actually offered an email service named Gmail. Google later acquired the service, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The internet sure has a lot of naked women
Okay, we know that the internet is a pornography haven, but did you know that around 80% of all online images out there are of a naked woman of some description? Well, you do now. Currently, the online adult industry generates around £2,300 every second. Yes, we did say second, and now you know why there are so many naked ladies out there.
The internet took off very quickly
To reach 50 million internet users, it took just 4 years. To put that into perspective, TV took 12 years, whereas radio took a whopping 38 years. Hooray for broadband.