25 Interesting Facts About Websites

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1-5 Interesting Facts About Websites

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1. IMDb is one of the oldest websites on the internet, and began on Usenet in 1990 as a list of “actresses with beautiful eyes.” – Source

2. Tinder, OKCupid and Match.com are owned by the same company, InterActiveCorp, who also own CollegeHumor, Vimeo, and 50 other internet websites. – Source

3. After the Haiti earthquake, the “Feed The Children” website claimed that the charity was “providing medical relief for 12,000 people”. In reality, they sent a total of three doctors, and two weeks after the earthquake it emerged that they had fed zero people. – Source

4. Yelp.com uses extortionist tactics to coerce business owners into paying a monthly fee in order to remove negative reviews and to keep positive ones un-“filtered.” – Source

5. The founder of match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on match.com – Source

 

6-10 Interesting Facts About Websites

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6. Ashley Madison, a dating website for married people who want to cheat on their spouses, was sued for $21 million by a former employee, who says she damaged her wrists while typing up hundreds of fake profiles of sexy women. – Source

7. Microsoft once threatened to sue a high school student named Mike Rowe for creating a website called MikeRoweSoft.com. – Source

8. You are three times more likely to get a virus from a church website than you are to get from a pornographic website. – Source

9. Www.whitehouse.com used to be a porn website, resulting in many schoolchildren in the late 1990s being accidentally exposed to adult content via the website. – Source

10. Madonna uploaded an album of her to p2p sites with all of the songs in the loop of her saying “what the f**k you think you’re doing?” and in retort a hacker defaced her website with direct links to the album saying “This is the f**k i think im doing.” – Source

 

11-15 Interesting Facts About Websites

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11. In 2012, a hacker group named UGNazi took down the Papa John’s website because the company “took 2 hours longer than expected to deliver my food.” – Source

12. Sony once sued itself. RIAA(partially controlled by Sony Music) sued Launch.com(owned by Sony’s Tech & Business unit), meaning that the Music Dept. somehow sued it’s Tech Dept. – Source

13. NBC was forced to buy hornymanatee.com after Conan O’Brien mentioned the domain name on his show. – Source

14. The website hampsterdance.com was created in 1998 as a result of a competition between two Canadian sisters to see who could generate the most traffic and is one of the earliest examples of an internet meme. – Source

15. In 1999, the founders of Google actually tried to sell their website to Excite for $1 million. Excite turned them down. – Source

 

16-20 Interesting Facts About Websites

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16. The creators of Breaking Bad made a real savewalterwhite.com, and it has raised over $125,000 for The National Cancer Coalition. – Source

17. The Offspring wanted to release their album ‘Conspiracy Of One’ (2000) from their website as a free download stating that ‘peer-to-peer downloads don’t hurt sales’ until their label threatened to sue. – Source

18. Stargate was the first film to have an official dedicated website, in 1994. – Source

19. elgoog.com(google backwards) has a huge following in China because elgooG search terms are printed in reverse, so users are able to perform Google searches without detection by the Chinese government’s search filters. – Source

20. There is a website that tells you the best time to run and pee during a movie in a theater, so you don’t miss anything too important. – Source

 

21-5 Interesting Facts About Websites

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21. In 2001, Neopets was the fourth most trafficked website on the internet, 8 spots in front of Google. –Source

22. McDonald’s didn’t register “McDonalds.com” and had to donate to a school to get the domain from the Wired magazine writer, who had registered it in 1994. – Source

23. MartinLutherKing.org is actually a website designed by a brutal, xenophobic, racist group called StormFront (US-based) to discredit King. – Source

24. The government of “Free State, South Africa” spent $4 million on their website with a $40 WordPress theme. – Source

25. In 2005, a student in England made a 1 million pixel webpage and put up the space for sale at $1 per pixel. He did this in order to pay for college and he was successful, selling out in less than 6 months. –Source

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