Did you know that the oldest continually operating company in the world was a Japanese construction firm that was founded in 578 and liquidated in 2006? (The next oldest is a hotel in Komatsu, founded in 717.) Or that Beretta Firearms was founded in 1526, when Mastro Beretta was paid 296 ducats in payment for 185 arquebus barrels by the Arsenal of Venice?
Wikipedia’s list of the oldest continually operating companies in the world is completely fascinating.
(via City Of Sound)