For reasons I do not fully comprehend, way back in the mists of time that we used to know as 2007 it seems that Forbes magazine compiled a list of the twenty-five largest fictional companies in history.
How is it that I happen to know this tidbit of trivia? Well, I was in a small dispute with someone about the name of the robot maid in the Jetson's animated television comedy from 1962-63.
My friend was of the opinion that the robot was called "Betty." Ha, I scoff in his general direction. It was of course "Rosie."
When I brought nugget of knowledge to my friend's attention, he went off to do some research, doubtless in the futile hope of proving me wrong. He failed (of course), but he did run across this Forbes article
, in which we discover that the company where George Jetson spends his days – Spacely Space Sprockets – came in at number 25 of the twenty-five largest fictional companies in history with 2007 revenues of $1.3 billion.
But that set me to thinking, so I performed a quick search WikiInvest.com to discover that Altera and Xilinx had 2007 annual revenues of $1.26 billion
and $1.84 billion
But what does all of this mean in real terms?
Well, in a nutshell, not holding anything back, telling it like it is without fear or favor … it means that this has been what we call in the trade: "A very slow news day" (grin)
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