Checking train times, booking restaurants, donating to friends’ fun runs – the Internet has long since moved from being a tool purely for work. It is a fact that that the Internet has completely re-shaped our lives, both at work and at home.
We use the Internet every day to do so many different jobs that we can no longer imagine how we coped before it. But the technology and the story behind this now vital everyday tool is amazing. Here are 21 incredibly interesting internet facts that you probably didn’t even know.
The Internet was invented over 40 years ago, in a beer garden! Who says the best ideas don’t come over a drink!
It may seem like only yesterday we were all dialling in for our Internet connection, but wireless internet was actually founded in September 1990! Wi-Fi is only a few years away from its 30th birthday!
Interbrand invented the term “Wi-Fi” as a play on words of the term “Hi-Fi” or “High Fidelity”. However, Wi-Fi doesn’t actually stand for anything. What added to the confusion was the Wi-Fi Alliance’s use of a nonsense advertising slogan, “The Standard for Wireless Fidelity,” which lead many people to think that Wi-Fi was an abbreviation of “Wireless Fidelity”.
Some of the strangest devices that connect to the Internet now include Walking Sticks, Umbrellas, Shirts, Water Bottles, Tails (for festival goers) and Cutlery. We’ve left the particularly odd items off this list!
It’s amazing how little we know about something we use for more than 10 hours a day! – We’re just scraping the surface when it comes to incredible facts about the Internet, but now you can go and dazzle your friends with your new-found knowledge. Next time you are sat with a beer we expect you to show off that the Internet was invented in a beer garden. Next time you Google something you can think about your search joining the 3.5 billion other searches being performed that day.
The Internet is a vast place – watch this space for more Internet facts from Fing in the future.
This post originally appeared as Wi-Fi Facts on the Domotz Blog
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