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  1. Not From USA
    Not From USA at |

    Misleading title, more appropriate=Top 10 Successful US Companies that Started Life As Something Totally Different
    Why? No Nokia, No Nintendo

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  2. redstick
    redstick at |

    A good list, but I am baffled by the sneering reference to telegraphy. The electric telegraph changed EVERYTHING. The trans-Atlantic submarine cable (and later the Pacific Cable, and the Australian Cable) connected the world. Later, telegraphy evolved into Telex, which was the major communication mode until the development of the modem made e-mail the standard. The final ship-to-shore telegraph message was sent in 1999. Not too shabby for something less useful than two tin cans.

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  3. Raven
    Raven at |

    You missed one for IBM: weapons manufacturer!

    Yep, believe it or not, during WWII IBM produced over 345,000 M1 carbines and nearly 230,000 M1918 Browning Automatic Rifles. Of course, at the time everyone was building weapons for the war effort (oddly enough however, the M1 Garand battle rifle and the Thompson submachine gun were only built by four companies each), carbines were also manufactured by companies as odd as Underwood (as in the typewriters) and Rock-Ola, famed producer of jukeboxes and pinball machines.

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  4. David Verney
    David Verney at |

    Where’s Nintendo?

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    1. Dr.Awkward
      Dr.Awkward at |

      In Japan?

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    2. Danny
      Danny at |

      Thought the same when I read the list. Big omission

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  5. brian
    brian at |

    How could you leave off Berkshire-Hathaway?

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  6. ParusMajor
    ParusMajor at |

    Nokia started by making car tyres and rubber boots. They may have to go back to that if their phones don’t start selling like they used to.

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    1. Dr.Awkward
      Dr.Awkward at |

      There’s a basic flaw with Nokia phones, though (if Nokia wants to sell more phones), they are unbreakable and they last forever. I’ve got a Nokia 3110 from the 90s that still works perfectly, although I have dropped it a million times (twice in the toilet, no less). You can basically wipe your ass with that thing and it still works.

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      1. ParusMajor
        ParusMajor at |

        Oh,right. And you also save money if you wipe your a*ss with your Nokia phone. You don’t have to buy toilet paper.

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        1. Dr.Awkward
          Dr.Awkward at |

          That is exactly what I meant. *slow, appreciative clap* 😀 You twat! 😀

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  7. smashead86
    smashead86 at |

    Texas Instruments surprisingly makes a lot of chips in transponder keys. I’d say about 70% of the stock I use ison TI hardware.

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