After waking up, you’ll probably check your email, Twitter or Facebook over a Wi-Fi network, which you’ll pronounce “wee-fee” if you want to say it correctly. After all, that’s how the Dutch say it, and we should know the proper pronunciation. It’s a Dutch invention.
You might even turn on some energy-saving LED-lights produced by electronics giant Philips, the same innovative company that rocked the world by introducing CDs and DVDs. “Philips” may sound American, but trust us, it’s Dutch.
Once in the bathroom, chances are high you’ll use some Unilever products, whether it’s Dove, Ponds, or Vaseline to clean up for your busy day ahead. As you crunch your breakfast cereal, you’ll be glad to know that it’s likely fortified with vitamins or enzymes from DSM, just as a lot of other foods in your pantry.
Now, grab your Bluetooth earpiece – looking cool! – and head out to the car. Your ride, your roaring piece of freedom, might be made in America – maybe even in that other music city, Detroit – but like 90% of all American cars, it probably has steel components from IJmuiden in the Netherlands. If you’re like us, you’ll want to fill up before hitting the traffic jams. See that yellow logo? It’s one of Shell’s 25,000 gas stations, which make up about 20% of all stations in the US.
If you have difficulty finding one, a TomTom GPS will help you locate it. Or just use your app by Dutch company Layar to navigate the urban landscape. After work, indulge in some Chunky Monkey from Ben and Jerry’s (now part of Unilever) and a six pack of beer, too. You can’t go wrong with a nice Grolsch or Heineken straight from the Netherlands. Getting home, most of you like to watch the news to see what’s happening on Main Street or Wall Street.
The Dutch happened to invent the concept of stocks. The Dutch East India Company, VOC, was the first company in the world to issue public shares in 1602, but that is a whole different story.
Zapping through the channels, you are sure to pass television shows, like “The Voice” and “The Biggest Loser” to get to your favorite series. Maybe that’s the epic “Game of Thrones.” The beautiful Carice van Houten is in there, following in the footsteps of other Dutch actors and filmmakers like Famke Janssen, Jeroen Krabbé, Rutger Hauer, Paul Verhoeven, who are now Hollywood in crowd.
Well, time to catch some zzz’s. Don’t forget to set your Philips alarm clock. It’s gonna be a “mooie dag” tomorrow.