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Ten Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About Television
by: Irene Revallio
By the time the normal American teen has become eighteen years of age they would have spent about 25000 hours watching televison. This means they would have actually spent more time watching televison than learning in the class.

The 1st TV add in history lasted twenty seconds and was for a timepiece made by a corporation called Bulova. This company also mass produced the first watch that went into space. The commercial was aired in July 1941 and went out during a game being played by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The well known spinning globe that is utilized by the NBC evening news program spent many years spinning in the incorrect direction. In 1984 this was eventually found and on January 2nd this was rectified and now the globe is spinning as it should be.

Way back in 1950 only 10 percent of US households had a television in their possession. By 1960 this had changed to a staggering 90 percent whilst in todays world it is 99 percent with fifty four percent of American children having one in their bedroom. Now more of us own televisions than we do a phone.

The highest known annual earnings for a TV actor were given to U.S sit com actor Jerry Seinfeld.He was given an unbelievable $1000000 for each episode. The program lasted eight years and although this fee came into play in about 1997 this still makes Jerry the highest paid TV star so far.

The highest ever fee paid to show a television advert was $2,000,000 per 30 seconds of time. This was paid by advertisers to show their adds during the very last U.S screening of the well loved comedy series friends. The show was aired by American TV company NBC on May 6 2004 and lasted for a whole hour.

The worlds largest television set was unveiled in the Japanese city of Tsukuba and measured 24.3m by 45.7m [ 80ft by 150ft ]. It was utilized in the 1985 Japanese International Exposition and displayed a series of specially created videos containing various artistic and cultural productions.

The largest number of ads featuring a corporations president were made for Wendy's Hamburger restaurants in the United States and starred Dave Thomas the companies owner. In all he has starred in 652 commercials with the shortest being five seconds and the longest being sixty seconds. These commercials have won thirty six important advertising awards and have made Dave as famous as his Burgers.

Whilst viewing an episode of the well known 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 cartoons star Pikachu flashed his big red eyes to the sound of a big booming explosion.

Some early experimental Television transmissions started way back in 1928 by station W2XBS and featured a test model of the well loved Felix the cat. Although these transmissions were only showing a model Felix the cat he will always be able to maintain his place in the Televison hall of fame as the first ever genuine TV superstar.

In the USA the largest section of the TV audience consists of of pre-school children.On average their weekly viewing turns out to be around 30.4 hours which means by the age of 17 they would have amassed about 15000 hours of television watching. Astonishingly this adds up to a staggering two years of solid viewing.

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