10 amazing facts you might not know about television
By the time the typical U.S. youth has reached eighteen years of age they would have spent about 25000 hours watching tv. This means they would have actually spent more time watching televison than learning at school.
The first ever TV advert in history lasted twenty seconds and was for a clock manufactured by a corporation called Bulova. This company also manufactured the 1st timepiece that went into space. The commercial was seen in July 1941 and went out during a game being played by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The famous revolving globe that is utilized by the NBC news series spent many years turning in the wrong direction. In 1984 this was eventually found and on January 2nd this was put right and now the globe is turning correctly.
Way back in 1950 only 10 percent of U.S. households had a television in their possession. By 1960 this had changed to an unbeleivable 90 percent whilst today it is 99 percent with fifty four percent of U.S youngsters having one in their bedroom. Now more of us have tv's than we do a phone.
The highest ever fee given to do a television advertisement was $2,000,000 per thirty seconds of time. This was paid by advertisers to run their adds during the very last American screening of the popular comedy series friends. The show was aired by American TV company NBC on May 6 2004 and lasted for a whole hour.
Man's largest television set was unveiled in the Japanese city of Tsukuba and measured 24.3m by 45.7m [ 80ft by 150ft ]. It was used in the 1985 Japanese International Exposition and displayed a series of specially created films containing varied artistic and cultural creations.
The largest number of adverts featuring a companies president were made for Wendy's Hamburger restaurants in the United States and featured Dave Thomas the corporation creator. In all he has starred in 652 adverts with the shortest being five seconds and the longest being sixty seconds. These commercials have won thirty six major advertising awards and have made Dave as well known as his Food.
Whilst viewing an episode of the hit Japanese kids show Pokemon over seven hundred Japanese children were rushed to hospital with severe convulsions and trauma. This was caused by a ten second scene in which the shows star Pikachu flashed his big red eyes to the sound of a huge booming explosion.
In the States the largest section of the Television audience is made up of pre-school children.On average their weekly viewing turns out to be in the area of 30.4 hours which means by the age of 17 they would have amassed about 15000 hours of television watching. Amazingly this adds up to a staggering two years of solid viewing.
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