From time to time we post business-related trivia on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We thought we’d change the pace and offer some up here, too. Some of it’s interestimg, some of it a little bizarre.
Compete, a book published in 1935, advised that women business travelers not traipse through a train car in a peach negligee. Ha, yes indeed
Hudson Bay Company is the world’s oldest continuously incorporated organization.
Non-drinker Andy Warhol et al created a series of print ads for Absolut Vodka. Warhol later claimed he used it as perfume.
And speaking of perfume, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel introduced Chanel No. 5, which later became the world’s best-selling fragrance, in 1921. She later shared that she considered 5 her lucky number and, as a consequence, she introduced the product on May 5th, the fifth day of the fifth month of the year. There may have been something to that because it remains a popular product to this day!
Coca-Cola was invented by John Styth Pemberton. It contains 34 mg of caffeine per 12 oz. serving. The source of caffeine is coffee beans. The average number of bottles sold per day in 1886 was 8. A bit more than that is sold these days!
In 1873 Colgate began mass-producing toothpaste in jars. Tubes similar to modern renditions of the product were introduced in the 1890s.
It’s believed that Charles Darwin was the first to put wheels on his office chair to facilitate movement in his work space. The office chair became popular in the 19th century and Otto von Bismarck is credited with that.