8. While a shark has been recorded by at least one camera gnawing on a submarine cable, contrary to online speculation sharks don't cause Internet outages. "Sharks and other fish were responsible for less than 1 percent of all cable faults up to 2006. Since then, no such cable faults have been recorded," an industry group called the International Cable Protection Committee said recently.
9. The first working submarine cable was laid down across the English Channel in 1851, decades before Alexander Graham Bell received a U.S. patent for the first practical telephone in 1876.
Tim Hornyak covers Japan and emerging technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Tim on Twitter at @robotopia.
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