Despite making up only 1% of the American population, people of Hindu Indian origin account for 40% of Silicon Valley startups and make up 5% of Scientists, Engineers and Software Specialists.
The Beatles literally stopped touring because their music could not be amplified loud enough to compete with screaming crowd noise, even with custom, purpose-built amplifiers.
Japan has a network of roads that play music as you drive over them at the correct speed.
“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.