When Steven Spielberg was to be awarded his honorary doctorate from USC’s Cinematic Arts School, he agreed to accept only if it was personally signed by the admissions officer who rejected him for an average “C” grade when he applied there as an aspiring film student. It was.Read More →

Carrots used to be yellow, white and purple but not orange. Selection and hybridization brought us to the orange carrots we know today. Why orange? Because of the name of a principality in France. In the south of France, there was a Principality of Orange (1163 to 1713). This principality became a part of the holdings of the House of Nassau (1544), which has lead to the beginning of the House of Orange-Nassau. This family is best known today for the Dutch royal family (Kingdom of the Netherlands). Although the principality of Orange was not named after the fruit orange, the color orange (named afterRead More →

Google tried to sell itself to Excite for a million dollars. Excite rejected the offer. Excite, one of the original Internet portals. This story has been circulated for a while, but not many people know about it. Google was willing to sell for under a million dollars, but Excite didn’t want to buy them. Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures, who was also a partner at Kleiner Perkins (which ended up backing Google) at the time, said he had “a lot of interesting discussions” with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at the time (early 1999). The story goes that after Excite CEORead More →