“Percussive maintenance” is the technical term for hitting something until it works.
In 2011 a 75-year old woman stole some fiber optic cable, cutting 2 entire countries off the internet.
In 2006, 1/3 of all stocks traded in the USA and EU were traded electronically by specially designed algorithms without any human input. Today, it is estimated that around 70% of stocks traded in the US and EU markets are bought/sold by algorithmic programs, with some markets pushing 80%.
Nokia made a handheld game console in 2003, the N-Gage. In the first two weeks, Nokia claimed to have sold 400,000 units, but researchers later found they had only actually sold 5,800~ units in total.
Today, 69 per cent of children aged two to five can use a computer mouse, but only 11 per cent can tie their own shoelaces; and more young people know how to play a computer game (58 per cent) than swim (20 per cent) or ride a bike (52 per cent).
Iraqi insurgents intercepted video feeds of American Predator drones using a $26 piece of Russian software named SkyGrabber.
Printer ink costs over seven times more than Dom Perignon vintage champagne per millimeter.
Apple makes their employees work on fake projects until they can be trusted.
Women were not the first choice as telephone operators. Prior to September 1, 1878, when a woman named Emma Nutt became the first female operator, boys were the preferred choice. It was soon apparent, however, that boys often insulted and prank customers.
The Soviet Tu4 was a reversed-engineered copy of the US B29 bomber. Copied to such detail that every Tu4 had a rivet hole in one wing exactly where an unknown Boeing engineer mistakenly drilled it in the B29 used as a template.