Interesting facts about 10 of the world’s most popular brands

Nov 16, 2021

By: Samarpita Banerjee

1. Nike

Nike’s famous swoosh logo was designed by Carolyn Davidson, then a 28 year old student, for $35

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2. Facebook

Facebook is blue because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colourblind

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3. Twitter

Twitter’s blue bird has a name! It’s called Larry, named after Larry Bird, the hall of fame NBA forward who played thirteen seasons with the Boston Celtics

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4. Amazon

Amazon was almost named Cadabra from the magical word Abracadabra

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5. Adobe

Adobe is named after the creek that ran behind founder John Warnock’s home in Los Altos, California (representational image)

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6. Barbie

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, named after Barbie’s invetor Ruth Handler’s daughter, Barbara, and Ken after her son, Kenneth. She is from (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin, where she attended high school

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7. BMW

BMW was originally a manufacturer of airplane engines. Its logo design is said to be a tribute to its roots in Bavaria, Germany. The white and blue design reflects the blue and white pattern on the flag of Bavaria, the company’s birthplace

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8. Nokia

Nokia was founded in 1865 as a single paper mill operation and has since then done business in a range of industrial sectors like cable, paper products, rubber boots, tires, televisions and mobile phones

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9. Puma & Adidas

Puma and Adidas are brothers! While Puma was founded by Rudolf Dassler, his brother named Adolf created his own brand called Adidas

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10. Samsung

Samsung started as a food exporter in Korea and shipped items like dried fish and flour to China

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