After a long hiatus, the 10 Things You Should Know series is back. I will try to bring it to you in this space once every week.
- Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921. Today it is ranked as the third most valuable brand in the world (after Louis Vuitton and Hermes), according to the 2013 Brandz Top 100, a ranking of the global most valuable brands. Gucci is owned by the French luxury goods firm, Kering, previously called PPR.
- MP3 is the short form of Motion Picture Experts Group Audio Player 3.
No woman has ever won the Nobel Prize for Economics. Elinor Ostrom (U.S.) is the only woman to win the Nobel Prize for Economics. She won the prestigious prize in 2009. (Thanks to Anudeep for the pointer.)
- Domino’s Pizza was founded by Tom Monaghan (in 1960) whose original goal was to open three pizza delivery stores. That’s why there are three dots on the logo.
- Peter Carey, J. M. Coetzee (both Australians) and Hilary Mantel are the only three authors to have won the Booker Prize twice. Carey won it for Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and True History of Kelly Gang (2001); Coetzee for Life and Times of Michael K (1983) and Disgrace (1999), and Mantel for Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring Up the Bodies (2012).
- The Dominican Republic has the only national flag with a Bible in it.
- Canada, the second largest country in the world by area, derives its name from the St Lawrence Iroquoian language word, Kanata, which means ‘village’ or ‘settlement’.
- Human ashes are called cremains.
- The party symbol of the Republican Party in the U.S. is the same as that of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in India: Elephant.
- Email is an inseparable part of life. It was in 1973 that the first email was created by Ray Tomlinson (pictured right), called the father of the electronic mail (email). But back in those days, the term electronic mail was used generically for any electronic document transmission, including the FAX.