7 Random Facts About the Internet That Will Impress Your Friends

The Internet is a staple of our daily lives. For the most part, we all use it; we’re all familiar with it. But what if you’re looking to impress your friends with some random facts about the internet? Here are 7 good ones to try on them.

  1. According to its creator, .GIF is actually pronounced “JIF.” But everybody still pronounces it “GIF”.
  2. The first recorded use of a webcam was at Cambridge to monitor a coffee pot.
  3. The approximate weight of the entire Internet is equal to about one strawberry.
  4. The first modern emoticon, “:-)”,  was established in 1982 by Scott Fahlman as a way of denoting jokes or sarcasm.
  5. During peak hours, Netflix now accounts for more than a third of all North American Internet traffic.
  6. The “Fi” in Wi-Fi doesn’t really mean anything. It was originally used because its creators needed an alternative to “IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence” for marketability. They settled on Wi-Fi, a play on the term “Hi-Fi.
  7. Finland made Internet access a legal right in 2010, becoming the first country to do so.