1. This was the first banner ad on the internet.
It was for AT&T, it ran back in the Ancient Days of October 1994, and, in retrospect, it’s pretty darn pleased with itself. The ad was intended to tie into AT&T’s then-current “You Will” campaign, which stressed high-tech things that subscribers would be able to do on AT&T networks, and makes the whole thing feel a little less like a piece of internet real estate is challenging you to a game of Truth or Dare.
6. Early internet users started calling junk ads and email “spam” after a Monty Python sketch.
Even littler known fact: The internet was originally intended to be called “The Ministry of Silly Things to Click On,” but that never really caught on.
8. Pizza Hut was one of the earliest adopters of their own online store.
Way back in 1994, the same year as the aforementioned first banner ad. Perhaps even more interesting: The first online purchase was — you guessed it — a piping hot Pizza Hut pizza.