Late-Night Randomness


  • College is a business, not an educational institution.
  • Scientists love porn.
  • According to one legend, Apple Computers is named Apple Computers because: It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock.

    Update: Tom of has just informed me of another story about the origins of the Apple Computer name and logo:

    It comes from the legend about how Isaac Newton discovered gravity. The legend says that Newton was sitting under an apple tree, and an apple fell on his head. This caused Newton to think about why it fell, and why things should fall down and not some other way, and eventually led to his theory of gravity.

    When Apple computer was started, they hoped that it would be not just an electronics company but a force for inspiration that might change the world. They adopted “apple” as a reference to the apple that fell on Isaac Newton, suggestign that their computers could serve to inspire people in the same way that the apple inspired Newton. At first, the company logo was not the rainbow-colored Apple, but was instead a picture of someone sitting under a tree, with an apple in the tree looking like it was about to fall on their head. You can find this logo online, for example, right here.

    Very interesting.

  • Noah Wyle confirms the legitimacy of RSS.

O. K.

3 replies on “Late-Night Randomness”

  1. That’s the first time I hear about the Newton referenced as inspiration for the logo. I will have to research that now. Damn. Another thing to do. Do you know what an “ear worm” is?

  2. Well, so that you will not go bananas about my last question: an Ear Worm is an idea, or a phrase or a visual etc… that you can’t get out of your head…. I am infested…

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