I’m catching up on my reading list. Here are a few things I came across:
1. Powerpoint was created by Robert Gaskins and Dennis Austin, both former Apple marketing managers. The first month after its 1987 launch, it booked $1 million in sales. Two months later, Microsoft bought their company for $14 million. (via Boing Boing)
2. Thanksgiving-flavored ice cream is a thing. Options include Butter Mashed Potatoes & Gravy and Salted Caramel Turkey. (via Los Angeles Magazine)
3. Crown Hill Hardware, where I often shopped, has been in business for 100+ years. Super sad that it’s closing. (via MyBallard)
4. According to research by Jones Lang LaSalle (my first post college employer!), apartments in Seattle have shrunken from an average size of 896 square feet in 2002 to just 635 square feet today. Greenlake/Wallingford apartments are the tiniest, averaging just 569 square feet. (via Curbed)
5. In the event of a nuclear apocalypse, Seattle is one of the worst places to be. Your safest bet is the southeast side of Kansas City. (via Realtor.com)
6. New York Times says we have too many restaurants: 620,000 in the US. And Restaurant count is outpacing population growth by 2 to 1. Even though we are spending 44% of our food budget on eating out, there still isn’t enough money to sustain all the eateries. (Which is why Starbucks has reported weaker-than-expected same-store sales for 3 quarters in a row.) This bodes ill for employment, as restaurants account for 1 out of every 7 new jobs since 2010.
7. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is the best Halloween candy, winning 84.2% of the time in randomly generated match-ups against sugary competitors. FiveThirtyEight did some super fun statistical analysis.