19 Fun Business Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Ever wondered how Starbucks got its non-coffee related name? Or what the first ever item on McDonald’s menu was? The world is a fascinating place, and the world of business is no different. Behind all of those cash flows and 5 hour long coffee powered meetings there is sure to be some interesting facts?

If your mind is a busy one and full of curiosity then maybe some of your ever so important questions shall be answered… Or we can just fill your head with useless YET amazing facts to impress your family and colleagues with.

  • If you were to wash one load of laundry every day for a whole 52 years, you would clean the same amount as the launderette staff at Disney World wash in ONE single day.
  • The first item on the McDonalds menu was a hotdog.
  • 1 out of 10 people in Europe are conceived via an Ikea bed.
  • The inventor of Vaseline- Robert Chesebrough used to eat a spoonful of the magical stuff every day.


  • Jeff Bezos’ (the founder of Amazon) farther was a circus performer.
  • It’s not always been smiles and rainbows for global courier FedEx, in the early stages of starting the business the company started to struggle and almost faced bankruptcy. The founder, Frederick Smith, decided to take the remaining $5000 that the business owned to Vegas, after a few games of Blackjack the company had a whopping $32,000 back in their account.
  • Domino’s was founded by two brothers- James and Tom Monaghan. After 8 months of pizza selling James decided to trade his half of the business to his brother… In exchange for a used Volkswagen Beetle.
  • Untitled designUntil 1996 Marvel owned the rights to the word “Zombie”.
  • The average mobile user checks their mobile phone 150 times a day!
  • The creator and designer of the famous Nike swoosh tick was paid $35.
  • If the 100 richest people in the world, in the year of 2012 put all of their yearly earnings together, they would have had enough to end world poverty… Four times over.
  • Walmart (ASDA is a subsidiary of the retailer) averages $1.8 million of profit EVERY HOUR.
  • 73% of people wouldn’t care if the brands they religiously used disappeared from their life.
  • Starbucks is named after a character in Moby Dick by Herman Melville.


  • The brand Coca-Cola makes that many different products that if you decided to drink a different one every day it would take you a whole 9 years to try all of them!
  • Facebook’s main colour is blue as Mark Zuckerberg suffers from red-green colour blindness.
  • Nike is the most followed clothing brand on Instagram.
  • Google was originally called BackRub
  • In 2015, Apple became the first ever $700 billion company.




About Scott Taylor

Scott is Chief Storyteller for 123Print UK, an online print company who are determined to help British Businesses grow. He regularly writes content on social media, branding and public relations and has achieved coverage in many publications.

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