Sale of the Century

SAN FRANCISCO (08/29/2000) - Since the first iMac debuted two years ago, Apple Computer Inc. has sold 3.7 million of them. As some number cruncher in Cupertino likes to put it, that translates to 5,000 iMacs sold each day, 200 each hour, and 3.5 every minute. Telling numbers, to be sure, but we think we've found even more eye-popping sales statistics.

0.5 iMacs were sold for every person born in the United States last year.

58.7 iMacs were sold for every bug rumored to be in the shipping version of Windows 2000.

70 iMacs were sold for every person in Cupertino.

169.2 iMacs were sold for each inning played during a 162-game Major League Baseball season.

8,314 iMacs were sold for every page of the Starr report.

8,462 iMacs were sold for every mile of a round-trip drive between Cupertino and Redmond, Washington.

37,755 iMacs were sold for every year that Senator Strom Thurmond has been alive.

1.2 million iMacs were sold for each announced delay of the OS X launch.

3.7 million iMacs were sold for every dollar of Steve Jobs's annual base salary at Apple.

"You can now get a Mercedes or a BMW for the price of a Ford Taurus."

-- Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the US$799 iMacColor Me RAGWEED?

Ruby, sage, indigo, and snow? Though it sounds like a lounge lizard butchering Simon and Garfunkel lyrics, it's actually the list of names that Apple has given the new iMac colors. If these were the names that made the final cut, you have to wonder what else might have been in the running.

Ruby (red)

Aorta

Bing cherry

Crimson

Bloody Mary

Clown nose

Sage (green)

Asparagus

Algae

Poison oak

Ragweed

Wormwood

Shamrock Shake

Indigo (blue)

Tap water

Blue Meanie

Smog

Windex

Denim

Kool-Aid

Snow (white)

Coconut

White zinfandel

Meringue

Cataract

Nondairy creamer

Spackle

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