Tiffany & Co is one of the world leaders when it comes to jewelry and silverware. When they started up in 1837, they sold stationary items.
3M was formerly known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, and they’re probably known best for their “scotch tape.” Back in 1902, the company was originally selling corundum, a mineral used in grinding wheels.
Known for their shirtless models standing outside of the shop, this once popular clothing store used to be a sporting goods store and outfitter.
Xerox launched in 1906 and sold photographic paper and equipment under the name “The Haloid Company.” In fact, it wasn’t until 50 years later that they introduced the Xerox 914 copier.
This toy company is responsible for bringing us things like G.I. Joe and Mr. Potato Head. When they started up in 1923 under the name “Hassenfeld Brothers” they sold textile remnants.
NASCAR started out selling bootleg liquor. A bunch of the early NASCAR drivers got paid by driving suped-up cars filled with homemade whiskey away from the police during prohibition.
Nintendo got things started as a playing card company in 1889. They eventually moved onto a hotel chain, a TV network, a food company, and a Taxi company before moving into the video game industry.
This world famous hotel chain started off as a Root-beer stand. J. Willard and Alice Marriott sold ice cold A&W root beer from a stand during hot summers in Washington, D.C.
In 1938, Samsung Sanghoe sold vegetables, dried fish, and their own brand of noodles in Beijing and Manchuria before becoming the tech giant they are today.
Before Taco Bell made it big selling Mexican style fast food, Glen Bell started his company as a hot dog stand in 1946. After he found some success selling tacos, he decided to make them his main focus in 1962.
When Colgate opened up in 1806, they sold candles, soap, and starch. After all, William Colgate was a candle maker by profession. In 1873 they started selling toothpaste in jars.
Flickr is a popular photo sharing website that started out as a chat room for the video game “Game Neverending.”
Avon was started in 1886 as a company that sold books door to door. In an attempt to entice female customers, founder David H. McConnell would offer them perfume samples. Before long he found that the perfumes were rapidly becoming more popular than the books. After realizing this, he founded the California Perfume Company which eventually became Avon.
Founded in 1891 by William Wrigley Jr, this company sold soap and baking powder. To help with sales, he offered customers gum. It wasn’t long before the gum became the reason why people came by, so he decided to make it their premier item for sale.
If you have ever been on a plane, I’m sure you have been asked to fasten your seat belts, put your seat back in the upright position, close all trays and, the one that has always confused me, open all window shades. But why is that? Pretty sure it isn’t to enjoy the view outside.
If, like me, you’re also wondering why we have to follow this practice of opening window shades during take-off & landing, here’s the reason behind it:
First, it is very important to know that the most vulnerable time for a mishap in aircrafts is during landing and take-off. The cabin crew is given specific instructions to keep passengers safe. In case of an emergency, the crew has only 90 seconds to evacuate the people on board.
So preparing for any kind of emergency before hand can help save vital time and those 90 seconds can be the difference between life & death.
Well, opening window shades during take-off & landing is also part of the standard emergency protocol and passengers are asked to do so majorly for the following reasons:
If an emergency occurs during day time, with the shades up and cabin lights on, it will be easier for a passenger to adjust to the light outside while evacuating. A sudden change in light can cause temporary blurred vision. Same goes for night time, when shades are open but the cabin lights are dimmed.
The crew can assess the situation outside and plan the evacuation accordingly, like which side to disembark from, because during emergencies, every second counts.
In case something goes wrong on the outside, a passenger can also report it quickly. Like any damage to the wings or an engine catching fire.
It is always good to have an extra pair of eyes, especially because passengers are also very cautious of the smallest details while flying.