19 Facts About the InterWebs

The interwebs are a strange and wondrous place full of oddities and facts that will challenge your perception of reality. Below are some of the best treasures of the internet that are guaranteed to boggle and entertain your mind.

  1. A U.S. journalist faces 105 years in jail for posting a link on the web.

  2. Researchers are debating on adding Internet addiction to the list of mental disorders. 

  3. The first webcam was created in Cambridge to check the status of a coffee pot.

  4. In 2010, Finland became the first country in the world to make Internet access a legal right.

  5. The first thing ever bought and sold across the Internet was a bag of marijuana around 1971.

  6. The current library at Alexandria has a copy of all the web pages on every website on the Internet since it started in 1996.

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  7. Thanks to his Internet popularity, the child from the “Success Kid” meme made enough money to fund his dad’s kidney transplant.

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  8. NASA’s Internet connection is 13,000 times faster than The average U.S. user, at 91 gigabits per second.

  9. The man who invented pop-up ads has apologized to the world for creating one of the Internet’s most hated forms of advertising.

  10. Internet Users Send 204 Million Emails Per Minute.

  11. The “Fi” in “WiFi” doesn’t mean anything. The creators just called it that because it rhymed with “HiFi”.

  12. By the end of 1993, there were only 623 websites on the World Wide Web.

  13. “LOL” used to mean “lots of love” before the Internet.

  14. The term “surfing” the internet was coined in 1992 by an upstate New York librarian Jean Armour Polly, aka “Net Mom.”

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  15. The first website is still online.

  16. The first registered domain was symbolics.com.

  17. The world record for the fastest time to log into a Gmail account is 1.16 seconds.

  18. One million babies have been born from people who met on Match.com.

  19. There is a subreddit devoted to chicken nuggets that look like other things.

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