Useless Information

May 2024

  • The development costs (in today’s dollars) for some of the business world’s biggest flops:
Ford Edsel–$2.2 billion;  Apple’s Newton (an early PDA platform)–
$1.5 billion; Sony’s Betamax–$400 million; Coca-Cola’s New Coke–
$200 million and McDonald’s Arch Deluxe–$350 million
  • The average American worker looks at two thousand web pages a month while on the job, wasting about two hours a day.
  • There are no squirrels in Australia.
  • Bob Dylan first introduced the Beatles to pot in 1964.
  • In 2003, Pearl Jam bought 1,400 acres of jungle in Madagascar to offset the greenhouse gases that their upcoming concert tour would produce.
  • Bruce Springsteen’s song “Cadillac Ranch” is about the public art display of the same name in Amarillo, Texas, where ten Cadillacs are half-buried nose first in the ground.
Borrowed by Daheap from The Indispensable Book of Useless
Information; Don Voorhees