Trivia Thursday: 7 Forgotten Apple Products

Trivia Thursday: 7 Forgotten Apple Products

As yesterday was the 66th birth anniversary of Steve Jobs, in this week’s Trivia Thursday we look back to 7 products by Apple which did not take off. This will also give us a possible glimpse behind what influenced Jobs’ design towards all the Apple products, and his personal fashion too.

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at some of the forgotten products launched by Apple.

Macintosh Bashful (1983)
This was a tablet prototype dedicated to one of the 7 Dwarfs from Disney and Apple’s “Snow White Industrial-Design Language”.

Apple Clothing (1986)
One year after Steve Jobs resigned as the chairman, the company launched a line of Apple-branded clothing, accessories, and lifestyle items.

Apple Time Band (1991)
Featured in Japanese magazine Axis, it resembled the personal digital assistant, Apple Newton, worn on a wrist.

Adjustable Keyboard (1993)
It had the ability to split in half for better ergonomic typing.

iPod Socks (2004)
Apple sold them in 6 catchy colors as the iPod protector.

iPod Hi-Fi (2006)
Apple designed this speaker system, specifically for the iPod.

Flower Power iMac
It was a throwback edition to Steve Jobs’ hippie roots in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Job’s Koumpounophobia
Steve Jobs suffered from koumpounophobia (phobia of buttons). Some have speculated that his condition influenced the trend towards touch screens and virtual keyboards in the design of Apple devices.

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Trivia Thursday: Quirky Things About Bitcoin

Trivia Thursday: Quirky Things About Bitcoin

Did you know that Bitcoin mining consumes more power than it is used to power the whole of Argentina? Well, with Bitcoin breaching the $51,000 mark, and cryptocurrencies like DogeCoin soaring at all-time highs, in this week’s Trivia Thursday, let’s have a look at some interesting trivia like that around the “King of Cryptos” Bitcoin.

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at quirky things about Bitcoin.

Let’ start by taking a look at the market cap of Bitcoin in comparison with a Nation’s GDP and companies:

Power Consumption
Mining for cryptocurrency is a power-hungry affair, involving heavy computer calculations to verify transactions. Cambridge researchers say it consumes around 121.36 Terawatt-hour (TWh) a year. And is unlikely to fall unless the value of the currency slumps. 

Bitcoin is now among the world’s top 30 energy users. It consumes more energy than used to power whole of Argentina.

Lost Bitcoins
Research shows that at least 60% of all Bitcoin addresses are ghosts, which means a huge chunk of the people using Bitcoins have lost their addresses and have no way to access their wallets. 

Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living in San Francisco, has 2 guesses left to figure out a password that is worth, as of this week, about $220 million. And this is one of many such cases.

National Currency

  • Liberland, officially the Free Republic of Liberland, is a micronation claiming an uninhabited parcel of disputed land on the western bank of the Danube, between Croatia and Serbia. 
  • It was proclaimed on 13 April 2015 by Czech right-libertarian politician and activist Vít Jedlička. The official currency of Liberland is Bitcoin.
  • The govt believes that blockchain provides a secure and transparent method for recording electronic, financial, and physical assets.

Unit Of Bitcoin
As a sign of respect for Bitcoin’s creator(s), the smallest unit of a bitcoin is known as a satoshi. The satoshi to bitcoin ratio is 100 million satoshis to one bitcoin.

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Trivia Thursday: Iconic Super Bowl Advertisements

Trivia Thursday: Iconic Super Bowl Advertisements

Known as the Mecca of advertisements, the Super Bowl ad spot is one of the most expensive ad spots. In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let’s take a look at some Super Bowl ad campaigns which popularised the brands and gave us some revolutionary ads at the same time.

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at Super Bowl advertisement campaigns.

Super Bowl Ads
The prominence of airing a commercial during the Super Bowl (SB) has carried an increasingly high price. The average cost of a 30-second commercial in 1967, Super Bowl I was: $37,500 and in 2020, Super Bowl LIV was: $5.6 million.

Xerox At SB XI (1977)
Xerox aired an advertisement entitled “Monks,” starring Jack Eagle as a monk discovering that he could create copies of a manuscript using a new Xerox photocopier.

Y&R New York described it as the “first viral ad“, saying it “was the first commercial that got people to request to see it again on TV.”

Apple At SB XVIII (1984)
1984’ is an American TV commercial introducing the Apple Macintosh PC. Its only national televised airing was on 22 January 1984, during a break in the third quarter of the telecast of Super Bowl XVIII by CBS (a TV network).

The ad was an allusion to George Orwell’s noted 1949 novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, which described a dystopian future ruled by a televised “Big Brother.”

In 1995, The Clio Awards added it to its Hall of Fame, and Advertising Age placed it on the top of its list of 50 greatest commercials.

Doritos At SB XLIII (2009)
In 2006, Doritos began a promotion called ‘Crash the Super Bowl’, soliciting viewers to film their own Doritos commercials to possibly be aired during the game.

At Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, an additional bonus prize of $1 million was added if any of the winning entries were named #1 on the Super Bowl Ad Meter survey results.

Doritos did reach the #1 spot on the survey that year with an ad entitled “Free Doritos“. It was one of the early user-generated ads to be aired on SuperBowl.

Old Spice At SB XLIV (2010)
‘Smell like a Man, Man’ is a TV ad campaign created by Old Spice. Also the title of the campaign’s initial 30-second commercial, ‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’ is an alternate name the ad is known by. 

Because ~60% of men’s products were bought by Women, Old Spice targeted women for the ad of a men’s product.

Interestingly, due to budget constraints, the ad was never advertised on Super bowl, but was released on YouTube during the same time and was able to direct all the internet searches towards itself.

It is considered to be one of the most successful super bowl ads, which never aired on superbowl.

PewDiePie At SB LIII (2019)
In 2019, when the meme ‘subscribe to pewdiepie‘ was at its peak, a famous YouTuber called Mr Beast appeared at the Super Bowl with his friends wearing “Subscribe to PewDiePie” shirts, bringing the internet campaign to a whole new level.

The shirts appeared a couple of times on stream, and even managed to make it into an official ESPN tweet.

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Trivia Thursday: Private Space Technology

As Bezos announced that he will step down from the position of Amazon’s CEO and plans to focus on his other ventures like Blue Origin. In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let’s have a look at how the private space industry looks right now.

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SpaceShipOne

  • It is an experimental rocket-powered aircraft which completed the first crewed private spaceflight in 2004.
  • Its mother ship was named “White Knight”. It was developed and flown by Mojave Aerospace Ventures, which was a joint venture between Paul Allen and Scaled Composites, Burt Rutan’s aviation company.
  • Allen provided the funding of approximately $25 million.

SpaceShipTwo

  • An air-launched suborbital spaceplane type designed for space tourism, it is manufactured by The Spaceship Company, a company owned by Virgin Galactic.
  • In April 2013, after nearly three years of unpowered testing, the first one constructed successfully performed its first powered test flight.
  • Since then, Virgin Galactic plans to operate a private passenger-carrying service with a suborbital flight carrying a ticket price of $250,000. The spaceplane could also be used to carry scientific payloads for NASA and other organizations too.

Genesis I

  • It is an experimental space habitat designed and built by the private firm Bigelow Aerospace and launched in 2006.
  • It was the first module to be sent into orbit by the company, and tested various systems, materials and techniques related to determining the viability of long-term inflatable space structures.
  • If successful, this technology will help launch space habitats at a lower cost. It is similar to the TransHab concept pursued by NASA in the 1990s.

Some major companies in the private space technology are

Stratolaunch Systems
Officially announced in December 2011 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Scaled Composites founder Burt Rutan, who had previously collaborated on the creation of SpaceShipOne.

Blue Origin
Founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, the company is led by CEO Bob Smith and aims to make access to space cheaper and more reliable through reusable launch vehicles. The company motto is ‘Gradatim Ferociter’, Latin for “Step by Step, Ferociously”.

Virgin Galactic
A spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital space flights to space tourists and suborbital launches for space science missions. SpaceShipTwo is Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spacecraft.

Bigelow Aerospace
A space technology startup company which manufactures and develops expandable space station modules. Bigelow Aerospace was founded by Robert Bigelow in 1998, and is funded in large part by the profit Bigelow gained through his ownership of the hotel chain, Budget Suites of America.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)
Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has developed several launch vehicles, as well as the Dragon cargo spacecraft and the Starlink satellite constellation (providing internet access), and has flown humans to the International Space Station on the SpaceX Dragon 2.

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Trivia Thursday: When The Simpsons Predicted The Future

Trivia Thursday: When The Simpsons Predicted The Future

The famous American animated sitcom, The Simpsons, has always been in the limelight for predicting the future. Running since 1989, the show has predicted various events well ahead in time; as suggested by one of you, let’s take a look at some of the most famous predictions made by The Simpsons in this week’s Trivia Thursday.

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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at the events predicted by The Simpsons animated sitcom.

Smart Watches (S06 E19)
“The Simpsons” had smart watches almost 20 years before the first actual smartwatch. In a 1995 episode in which the show is set in the future, Lisa’s husband is shown speaking to a phone on his wrist.  The first smartwatch wasn’t created until 2013.

Discovery Of Higgs Boson Equation (S08 E01)
In a 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer writes out an equation on a chalkboard. If solved, “you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” says Simon Singh, a Science Author. The mass was first predicted in 1964 by Professor Peter Higgs and five other physicists, but it wasn’t proven until 2013.

2016 Nobel Prize Winner (S22 E01)
In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and, in 2016 Holmstrom and Oliver Hart were announced as joint winners of the prize. 

Ebola Epidemic (S09 E03)
The Simpsons predicted the Ebola epidemic 14 years before it happened. In the episode, Marge tells a sick Bart to read a book, titled ‘Curious George and the Ebola Virus’. The Western African Ebola virus epidemic was one of the worst epidemics in the history of Africa and led to the death of thousands.

Disney Owning Fox (S10 E05)
Back in 1998, a quick scene in “The Simpsons” showed 20th Century Fox as “a Division of Walt Disney Co.” And in March 2019, Disney completed its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets.

Donald Trump Presidency (S11 E17)
In an episode from 2000 titled “Bart to the Future” that flashes forward to the future, Lisa becomes “the first straight female” president and takes over after Donald Trump, who ruined the economy. 

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