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Did You Know That The First Billion Square Feet Of Storage Space Took 25 Years To Build?

Did You Know That The First Billion Square Feet Of Storage Space Took 25 Years To Build?

With 58,000 self storage facilities globally more and more people are benefitting from the extra space in their homes. Ever wondered how other countries self storage compares to ours? We’ve taken a look at the USA, France and Spain to bring you the juicy facts to help put your mind at ease. The self storage market in the US is a huge industry with about 45,000 facilities compared to 1,200 that are situated in the UK. The first billion square feet of storage space took 25 years to build and the next billion only took 8 years thanks to a boom within the industry. This is mainly because of the vast space available and their national Self Storage Association that was formed in 1975. Even most of the 50 states have their own self storage association! Also, many self storage […]

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Did You Know England Invented The Concept Of Self Storage?

Did You Know England Invented The Concept Of Self Storage?

Did you know the British banking industry came up with the idea of self storage? In the 1800’s business men about to go on long journeys asked bankers to protect their valuables for them until they returned. The bankers stored their clients possessions inside the vault, but this space quickly ran out resulting in the bankers finding an alternative storage solution, renting loft space from moving companies instead. However it wasn’t until the mid 1960’s in Texas that self storage facilities as we know them today were born. The concept was instantly successful and was quickly replicated across the rest of America and Canada. England was slow to react and didn’t adopt self storage for the general public until the late 1980’s. There were many risks involved for early entrepreneurs who developed the self storage industry in the UK. Land […]

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Did You Know You There Is A World Record For The Largest Collection Of Traffic Cones?

Did You Know You There Is A World Record For The Largest Collection Of Traffic Cones?

Did you know a man from the UK earned the world record for his collection of 132 Traffic Cones? David Morgan achieved this unusual record in 2000, but according the Guinness World Records, the record is still valid today. The record breaker, from Oxfordshire, has continued to grow his collection of traffic cones and now owns 550 different kinds. The 68-year-old has two thirds of all the types of cones ever made. His collection includes traffic cones from as far as Malaysia and Finland. His prize possession is a 1956 Lynvale rubber cone from Scotland – the oldest item in the collection. He even owns a rare black funeral cone used by undertakers. David is the Sales Director for the world’s largest producer of traffic cones, which produces over 3.5 million cones a year. Dubbed by many as ‘cone head’, […]

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Did You Know The Most Money Made In A UK Auction Is £153 Million?

Did You Know The Most Money Made In A UK Auction Is £153 Million?

Did you know that in June this year an impressionist’s art sale fetched £152.6 million, beating the record for the most money ever made in a UK auction? The highlight of the sale at the London auction house, Christies was a 1903 painting by Pablo Picasso. The piece, named ‘Portrait of Angel Fernandez De Soto’, (also known as ‘The Absinthe Drinker’), sold for £34.7 million. Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Art Foundation, a charity set up by the British composer to promote art, culture and heritage in Britain, bought the artwork for £19 million in 1995. They attempted to sell the painting at Christies in New York in 2006 but the auction was called off due to controversy over the ownership. Julius Schoeps, who is Jewish, claimed his family had owned the painting, but had been forced to sell it by the Nazis. […]

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Did You Know Happy Meals Can Make You Rich?

Did You Know Happy Meals Can Make You Rich?

Did You Know that a collection of McDonald’s memorabilia was sold for a whopping £8,130 last year? The 5,000 items from the fast food chain consisted of toys, posters and Happy Meal boxes and made the owner Luke Underwood a small fortune. Luke was only 11 when the collection was sold in March 2009. The young entrepreneur from South Clifton, Nottinghamshire persuaded his dad to buy the memorabilia dating from 1990-2000 for him for just £250 in 2005. Luke sold it 4 years later after running out of space in his home to store the thousands of McDonald’s promotional items. The collection was thought to be the largest of its kind in the UK and included the only known complete set of the 101 Dalmatians promotional toys, in their original bags. The auction, held by Unique Auctions in March 2009, […]

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Did You Know Airplanes Can Be Stored In The Desert?

Did You Know Airplanes Can Be Stored In The Desert?

Did you know there’s a desert located in Tucson, Arizona that’s the home of US military planes that are no longer in service? The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base had become the home of retired airplanes shortly after World War II and now has a collection of over 4,000. Nicknamed ‘The Boneyard’, the area is spread across 2,600 acres, which is the equivalent of 1,430 football pitches. The site was chosen as a storage facility because of its high altitude and the favourable conditions that allow the aircraft to be left outside for long periods of time without deteriorating too quickly. Among the aircraft kept in ‘The Boneyard’ are B-52 Cold War-era bombers and dozens of F-14 fighter jets. The area has even featured in a series of Hollywood films with the most recent being Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. High-resolution […]

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Did You Know You Can Store Files In The Cloud?

Did You Know You Can Store Files In The Cloud?

Did you know you can store computer files online without them taking up space on your computer? When you store items online it’s called ‘Cloud Storage’ or ‘The Cloud’ and can often act as a cheaper alternative to buying additional hard drives for your computer. What makes cloud storage so useful is if you’re connected to the internet, you can access your files. It doesn’t matter what your location is or what computer you’re using. There are different forms of cloud storage; private clouds, public and hybrid which make it easy to store documents for you and share with others if they’re too large to fit in an email. Unfortunately Big Yellow can’t store your physical items in our ‘Cloud’ yet but you can store your household items in our self storage rooms for a little as a week, month, […]

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Did You Know A Blu-Ray Disc Can Store More Than Five Times The Amount Of Data Than A Standard DVD?

Did You Know A Blu-Ray Disc Can Store More Than Five Times The Amount Of Data Than A Standard DVD?

Did you know that Blu-Ray discs can hold up to 50GB of data, which is around five or six times the amount a standard DVD can hold? They are a high definition storage alternative to DVDs and they get there name from the colour of the blue laser that reads the discs inside of a player. Having a large amount of storage space is essential for high definition discs as the quality of film takes up to ten times the amount of space that a standard definition disc requires. The 50GB capacity is for a dual-layer disc which is made up of two layers, a single layered disc can store 25GB of data which is enough storage space for at least two hours of high-definition video. The increased storage capacity allows Blu-Ray discs to provide a much sharper and clearer […]

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Did You Know That There Are Others Ways to Store Your Books?

Did You Know That There Are Others Ways to Store Your Books?

Did you know that there are many more creative ways to store your books, other than on a standard shelving system? If you tend to stack them, you lose floor space to the growing number of books in the lounge or office. And nine times out of ten, most of them haven’t even been read yet – they’re just being saved for future use. There is brilliance in the madness of Console Book Shelves – a design concept of Stanislav Katz, which features a reclining seat within the shelves! The Salkim book hanger suspends your books in groups with metal wire to give the illusion of a lightweight mesh, with square frames hooking together to give the impression of light instead of one big block. Using the same concept, you can buy ‘The Invisible Book Shelf’ from Amazon, made by […]

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Did You Know The Digital Storage Unit, The USB Drive, Had A Contested Past?

Did You Know The Digital Storage Unit, The USB Drive, Had A Contested Past?

Did you know that the digital storage unit of choice at the moment – the USB drive – has a hotly contested past? Software companies Trek Technology and IBM began selling the first USB flash drives commercially in 2000. Trek, from Singapore, sold a model under the brand name ThumbDrive and IBM marketed the first such drives in North America under the name DiskOnKey. IBM’s USB flash drive became available in December 2000, and had a storage capacity of 8MB – more than five times the capacity of the then-common floppy disks. In 2002, Netac Technology, a consumer electronics company, which claims to have invented the USB flash drive in the late 1990s, was granted a Chinese patent for the device. But while Netac Technology has since brought lawsuits against PNY Technologies, Lenovo, Sony and Acer, most companies that manufacture […]

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