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 →

Aircraft carrier was laid down for the Royal Navy during World War II as HMS Vengeance, but was completed only shortly before the war’s end, and did not see combat. After stints as a training vessel and Arctic research ship, the carrier was loaned to the Royal Australian Navy from 1952 to 1955. She was returned to the British, who sold her in 1956 to Brazil. Aircraft carrier underwent a four-year conversion in the Netherlands to make her capable of operating heavier naval aircraft. She was commissioned into the MB as Minas Gerais in 1960; the first purchased by a Latin American nation, but theRead More →

Michael has been the most common name given to American boys for every decade since 1950. The flag of Libya is solid green, with no stripes, stars or symbols. Saudi Arabia is the only existing country named after its royal family. Nepal’s flag is not square or rectangular; it is a double triangle. Mohammed is the most common given name in the world. Chang is the most common family name in the world. I don’t know how many Mohammed Changs there are. About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they’re still sitting on it. The “Arabic” numbers we use are actually HinduRead More →