In the mid-90s, when Amazon employed only a few dozen people, team members would gather on the floor of a 400 ft^2 warehouse to pack shipments. Sales began to accelerate and packing would extend into the late hours of the night, so Jeff wanted to make employees more comfortable with packing tables. So what did he do? Made a trip to Home Depot, and assembled tables using solid-core doors, four-by-fours, and metal brackets. This story has been told time-and-time again as a symbol for the values of Amazon. As a company, Amazon values frugality, and that the investments that matter are those in Amazon’s customers.Read More →

The official origin story for the Guinness Book of World Records, the annual book that catalogs all of human achievement, is that it was used to settle an argument over whether the golden plover or the red grouse is the fastest game bird in Europe. (It’s the plover). One of the people arguing, Sir Hugh Beaver, the Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, noted that the answer was hard to find in reference books. So he started one to settle these kinds of trivial arguments and the Guinness Book of World Records was born in 1955.Read More →

Jeniffer and June Gibbons were identical  twins  who grew up in Haverfordwest, Wales and communicated only with each other,  that too in an esoteric dialect unintelligible to others. Therapists’ attempt to make them talk to others failed. Their parents tried to separate them by sending them to different boarding schools . However, they became unresponsive and were called back. After their reunion, they isolated themselves from the world and started playing  their own games with dolls and role plays that had strange rules. They enrolled in  creative writing course and started to write stories and novels. The characters in their writings showed criminal or unusualRead More →