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 after the fruit) was adopted as a symbol of the House of Orange-Nassau. Until today, the color orange is seen as the national color; the Dutch soccerteam plays in orange and on the national holiday Queensday/Kingsday you see orange everywhere.
The modern orange carrot was developed and stabilised by Dutch growers in the 16-17th century. Some say to honor the prince William of Orange, however for this is no historical evidence. What is likely, is that the Dutch used the orange carrot as a political weapon during the rise and fall of the House of Orange-Nassau.
So because oranges are orange, it became the color of the Dutch (The House of Orange-Nassau). The Dutch later created the orange carrot as we known it today.
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 CEO George Bell rejected Page and Brin’s $1 million price for Google, Khosla talked the duo down to $750,000. But Bell still rejected that.
Excite, meanwhile, was acquired by Ask Jeeves in 2004. That company became Ask.com, and now it’s owned by Barry Diller’s IAC. As Diller stated at Disrupt.
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 the second to enter service, behind the Argentinian ARA Independencia. Between 1987 and 1996, the carrier was unable to operate fixed-wing aircraft because of a defective catapult, and was retasked as a helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship.
Minas Gerais remained in service until 2001, when she was replaced by NAe São Paulo. At the time of her decommissioning, she was the oldest operational aircraft carrier in the world, and the last operational unit of the World War II Light Fleet design. Despite attempts to preserve the carrier as a museum ship, and after several failed attempts to auction the ship off (including a listing on eBay), Minas Gerais was sold for scrap in 2004 and taken to Alang for breaking up.