In July 1979, company officials at the Concrete Pipe Corp. in Menasha, Wisconsin decided to elect Jesus Christ as the new chairman of their board. The decision was unanimous.
When asked what address they were going to supply to the state for the new chairman, the company president, Don Koepke, explained, “We’ll say, ‘wherever two or more are gathered in his name.'”
The company had been in existence for 45 years. Supposedly, it survived for about another eight years under Jesus’s leadership, closing in 1987.
One third of all motels in the U.S. are owned by Indians with the last name ‘Patel.’
The inventors of Hot Wheels (Elliot Handler) and the Barbie dolls (Ruth Handler) were married for over two decades before either toy was invented. Barbie and Ken were named after their children.
A company offered to mail your enemies glitter, but was so overwhelmed by success, it closed down.
Hooters was founded on April 1, 1983 by a group of six businessmen called the Hooters 6. They chose April Fools’ Day as a joke because they believed it was going to fail.
In 1987, Corona sales plummeted when a rumor spread that their workers were peeing in their beer. The company traced its origins back to Heineken, whom Corona sued for $3 million in damages, but their reputation still suffered and their product was referred to as “Mexican piss water” for years.
For a few thousand bucks, Detroit police will give a business higher 911 priority.
Chung Ju-yung, the founder of Hyundai, originally wanted to become a school teacher, but his family’s dire financial situation made him unable to get higher education. Instead, he ran away from his family to Seoul, where he started a construction company, Hyundai, in 1947.
Starbucks sometimes operates at a loss intentionally and clusters several locations in a small geographical area to become anti-competitive in the market.
Most Converse sneakers have a very thin layer of felt applied to their soles, in order to legally classify them as slippers. This saves the company more than 33% in import tariffs.