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  1. An 86-year-old wrote an upbeat review for her local paper about a new Olive Garden. She was mercilessly mocked by the Internet. Anthony Bourdain thought she had a valuable POV on small town dining. So he published a book of her reviews.

  2. About Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began taping whatever was on television in 1979 and didn't stop until her death in 2012.. The 71,000 VHS and Betamax tapes she made are the most complete collection preserving this era of TV. They are being digitized by the Internet Archive.

  3. A Comcast customer who was constantly dissatisfied with his internet speeds set up a Raspberry Pi to automatically send an hourly tweet to @Comcast when his bandwidth was lower than advertised.

  4. The Vatican has nominated St. Isidore of Seville to be the patron saint of the Internet, a seventh-century theologian and encyclopedist who tried to record everything ever known.

  5. In 2012, the Walmart with the most Facebook likes would get a visit from Pitbull. Internet pranksters quickly made the most remote Walmart in the US (located in Kodiak, Alaska) the most liked Walmart page. Pitbull kept his promise and performed there.

  6. After an internet vote for a new middle name, Macaulay Culkin legally changed his name to Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin.

  7. Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe predicted that the internet would collapse in 1996, promising to eat his words if not. In 1997, he took a printed copy of his column that predicted the collapse, put it in a blender with some liquid and then consumed the pulpy mass.

  8. Marriott was fined $600,000 by the FCC in 2014 for blocking customers' personal Wi-Fi so customers were forced to pay for internet.

  9. In 2011, the United Nations declared that access to the Internet is a basic human right.

  10. Jules Verne's shelved 1863 novel "Paris in the Twentieth Century" predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet. His publisher deemed it pessimistic and lackluster. It was discovered in 1989 and published 5 years later.

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Internet Communities Popularity on Google Trends

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Avg. cost of internet expressed as a percent of net income, by country

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Jules Verne's wrote a novel in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish.

Hide the Pain Harold" is aware of his internet fame, saying "At first I wanted to stop it, but it's impossible; if your face has spread on the internet you can't do anything about it. You can close down a site but three new ones will appear."

Comcast sent bills and eventually collection notices to customers that lost their cable, phone, and internet equipment due to Hurricane Ike. The largest reported charge was $1000, but that bill was reduced to $931 to make up for the interruption of her phone service during the storm.

100% of Iceland's population has the internet, the only country in the world.

In 2013 a Verizon programmer was found outsourcing his work to a Chinese company for less than 20% of his salary and spending his "workday" surfing the Internet. The Chinese code was so good that the programmer was regarded as the best in his department of Verizon.

A room known as ‘Room 641A’ in the AT&T telecommunications backbone houses beamsplitters capable of monitoring all the internet traffic in the US. It was largely thought to be a myth until PRISM revealed its existence in 2007.

German internet users have a 23-year-old meme where they pretend the town of Bielefeld (330,000) does not exist

A writer by the name of “Lisa Holst” created an article in 1993 that “around 8 spiders crawl into your mouth every year whilst you sleep”, but the whole thing was made up to prove that the internet was gullible and doesn’t fact check its sources.

In 2008 Russian hackers managed to infiltrate a computer network that wasn't even connected to the internet. Bugged USB drives were planted in a kiosk outside NATO headquarters in the hope that a NATO employee would happen to buy one and use it on their classified network, which they did.

Earl Wild, the first person to play the piano on US television was also the first to stream a performance on the Internet 58 year later

In 2012, Mountain Dew asked the internet to name their new apple drink. Before the poll was shut down, the top four names were: "Fapple", "Gushing Granny", "Diabeetus" and "Hitler did nothing wrong".

When Daler Mehndi was criticized for using beautiful women to make his music popular, he made a video featuring only himself. It rose to become a hit in India and an internet meme.

In 2001, Steve Jobs described a secret new technology that would be bigger than the internet. He also claimed cities would be built around the new device. It was later revealed to be the segway scooter

The US had slow average internet speed compared to the rest of the world due to (2) main things: (1) the expense of replacing old wire technologies and (2) their is no law yet stating that ISPs have to update their wiring

Cables at the bottom of the ocean Transmit 99% of the world's data. Sharks have bitten these cables before, meaning that the internet has suffered from literal SHARK ATTACKS.

To prevent cheating during university entrance exams Uzbekistan shuts off the entire country's internet for five hours on exam day

Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, predicted in a 1995 InfoWorld article that the Internet would "catastrophically collapse" in 1996, and promising to "eat his words" if wrong. In 1997, he put his article in a blender and drank it at the International World Wide Web Conference.

Joe Rogan paid $10,000 for a T1 internet connection in order to play Quake without lag.

In Finland citizens legally have the right to internet connection, similar to getting education and heath care.

Microsoft tried to monopolize the early web browser market by making it difficult to install other web browsers and slowing down Windows if Internet Explorer was uninstalled.

In 1997 Pope John Paul II had nominated St. Isidore of Seville to be the patron saint of the Internet, a seventh-century theologian and encyclopedist who tried to record everything ever known.

A Woman only got her internet fixed after complaining to the CEO of Comcast's mother

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

The 1% rule is a rule of thumb pertaining to participation in an internet community, stating that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it.

Porn accounts for 30% of total internet content, and around 10% of all internet use. For perspective, porn sites attract more visitors each month than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined.

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After almost 20 years being connected to the internet, this is how my connections evolved, almost always having the 'best package' available.

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Team Cable vs Team Internet by State #NetNeutrality