Women in ancient Rome didn’t have unique first names, but instead were just named after their family name. (For example, all women from Gaius Julius Caesar’s family were named Julia. Sisters were told apart by using nicknames, such as β€˜Julia the Younger’, β€˜Julia the Elder’, etc.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
A Virginian couple with the last name "Null" is often unable to fill out online forms because their last name is rejected for being "null." bbc.com/future/article/20…
The episode of Seinfeld where Jerry dated a deaf women actually hired a deaf actor. Her name is Marlee Matlin, and she is the only deaf performer to win an academy award. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The video game Rock Band: The Beatles was produced under the code name Rock Band: Nickelback, in order to keep the game's development a secret and deflect curiosity about it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
When Primus played their song "My Name is Mud" at the rainy Woodstock 94, the crowd responded by pelting the band with mud. The band's singer, Les Claypool, stopped the song and said "when you throw things on stage, it's a sign of small and insignificant genitalia." The crowd ceased throwing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
A quiet American POW was nicknamed "The Incredibly Stupid One" by his Vietnamese captors. Upon his return to the US, he provided the names of over 200 prisoners of war, which he had memorized to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." pownetwork.org/bios/h/h13…
American rock band Cage the Elephant changed their name from 'Perfect Confusion' after a man with mental health issues ran up to the lead singer after a show in Tennessee, grabbed him and just repeatedly shouted "You have to cage the elephant, you have to cage the elephant." spin.com/2010/07/why-they…
Vincent Van Gogh was named after his dead older brother, who died in infancy exactly a year before he was born. It’s been suggested that being given the same name might have had a deep psychological impact on him and influenced his art. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
The current British dynasty is only known as the House of Windsor because they changed their original German name during World War I to sound more British. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
There were only two groups in Sparta that could have their names inscribed in their tombstones: mothers who died giving life and soldiers who fell in battle. scottmanning.com/content/…
After the Beatles fired drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, he formed a new band and released the album: "Best of the Beatles", a play on his own name. This led to disappointment from fans who bought the album without reading the track listing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The Pharoah Akhenaten broke tradition by only allowing the worship of Aten, the sun god. The statues of other gods were destroyed and many monuments to Aten were built. After his death, Akhenaten's monuments were dismantled, his statues were destroyed, and his name excluded from lists of rulers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akh…
In 1986, St George's Place in Glasgow was renamed Nelson Mandela Place. It was the address of the South African consulate, forcing them to use the name of their most famous political prisoner on all correspondence. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan…
The days of the week come from the Norse names for the 7 Ptolemaic planets: Sun's day, Moon's day, Tiw's day, Woden's day, Thor's day, Freya's day, and Saturn's day techtimes.com/articles/35…
Monty Hall was born Monte Halparin. Excluded from medical school due to secret quotas restricting the number of Jewish students, he got a job in broadcasting. His station misspelled and shortened his names, making him Monty Hall. He co-created and hosted "Let's Make a Deal" for almost 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The Quaker Oats company isn't Quaker and never was, they picked their name based on a religious stereotype about Quakers being honest in business en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
After WWII, a small electronics shop was built in a bomb-damaged department store in Tokyo. The company, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, had only $530 and 8 employees. The company invented Japan's first tape recorder and, in 1958, changed its name to Sony. museumofmagneticsoundreco…
Lake Tahoe at one time was named Lake Bigler in honor of the popular third governor of California. However, once it was revealed that Bigler was a Confederate sympathizer during the US Civil War, his name was removed from the lake and renamed Tahoe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Someone tried and failed to save President Abraham Lincoln. His name was Major Henry Rathbone. After Booth fired the shot, Rathbone tried to tackle him to the ground, but Booth was able to get free by slicing Rathbone in the arm with a dagger. Rathbone was never free of the guilt till his death. blog.nyhistory.org/attend…
When you see the writing credits for a movie, the word β€œand” between names means the writers worked separately and an ampersand (i.e., β€œ&”) between names means they were a writing team. raindance.org/what-an-amp…
Matt Groening named his show The Simpsons because he thought it was funny to have the word simp (short for simpleton) in their name. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Eminem's mom sued him for $10 million for defamation over lyrics in the song "My Name Is". The case was settled out of court for $25,000, with her lawyers taking nearly $24,000 of that. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Philadelphia Cream Cheese was invented in New York and has never been produced in Philadelphia. It's name is was a 1880s marketing strategy because at the time Philadelphia was known for high quality dairy. inquirer.com/food/philade…
A cat in New Zealand tricked two different women into owning him. Neither knew they had the same cat until after he went to the vet for stitches. The cat got to keep both names as well as both owners through a shared custody agreement. mashable.com/2017/04/25/c…
A 1983 April Fools' Day edition of the Durand Express, reported that "dihydrogen oxide" had been found in the city's water pipes,and warned that it was fatal if inhaled,and could produce blistering vapours.The dihydrogen monoxide parody involves calling water by an unfamiliar chemical name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dih…
Disney uses code names in the park. Rude visitors are called 'Treasured Guests.' Vomit is called 'Protein Spill.' Kids peeing in the pool is called 'Code Winnie.' Illegally spreading ashes is called 'White Powder Alert.' nypost.com/2017/09/07/dis…
The American Rock Band β€˜The Postal Service’ was sent a cease and desist letter by the United States Postal Service for trademark infringement of their name. After negotiations, the USPS allowed the band to use their name in exchange for playing a free show at their national conference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When quirky theatrical producer David Merrick got bad reviews for his 1961 musical, he found 7 random denizens of New York with names identical to those of 7 top theatre critics. He asked the civilians to talk ecstatically of the musical, then published an ad with their praises and names. masterworksbroadway.com/a…
Today I learned that the family name of Monty Python veteran, John Cleese, was actually Cheese, which his father felt was embarrassing, and changed it to Cleese when he enlisted during WWI. He later made it official by a deed poll in 1923. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Canary Islands are named after dogs, not birds. The name Islas Canarias is likely derived from the Latin name Canariae Insulae, meaning "Islands of the Dogs". It is said that the original inhabitants of the island, Guanches, used to worship dogs, and generally treated them as holy animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The domain name ".tv" is actually the country code domain for Tuvalu, a country in Polynesia. Due to its popularity from its similarity to 'television', the Tuvalu government sought to capitalize on it and nearly 10% of its revenue comes from royalties from .tv addresses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tv
In the United States, 78% of people with the name Leslie are female, but in England 95% are male. forebears.io/forenames/le…
Dennis Rodman’s dad had 29 children by 16 different women and his first name was β€œPhilander” rappler.com/sports/nba/ph…
The CIA headquarters has its own Starbucks. It is one of the busiest Starbucks in the country, and the lines can stretch down the hallway. Its receipts say β€œStore Number 1” instead of β€œStarbucks,” and baristas don’t write names on the cups because the undercover agents felt uncomfortable. denverpost.com/2014/09/27…
Roly-Poly bugs’ correct name is β€œWoodlouse” and are terrestrial crustaceans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
In Sweden, due to The Producers, most Mel Brooks movies have been given similar names to Springtime for Hitler: Springtime for the Sheriff (Blazing Saddles); Springtime for Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein); Springtime for World History (History of the World); Springtime for Space (Spaceballs) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Gwyneth Paltrow named her company Goop because some branding expert told her that all successful internet companies have double o's in their name, so she just put two o’s between her initials. insider.com/goop-history-…
The first American to die in Vietnam was actually murdered by a fellow soldier in 1956. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. gave candy to local children when he bumped into a drunk colleague that shot him on sight. It took 43 years for his name to be added to the Vietnam War Memorial. wbur.org/news/2015/04/24/…
How William Shakespeare’s name is spelled is unknown, even to himself. His contemporaries spelled it more than 80 different ways, including β€œShappere” and β€œShaxberd”. It turns out, he never used β€œWilliam Shakespeare” once history.com/news/10-thing…
During the Victorian era, a newly developed feeding bottle for infants was introduced. Infant moαΉ›tality rates due to these bottles were shocking– only 2 out of 10 infants lived to their 2nd birthday, but parents continued to buy and use them and they earned the name as murdeαΉ› bottles. anomalien.com/the-victori…
George Washington was referred to in Algonquian as Conotocarious, a term meaning β€œDevourer of Cities”. He inherited the name from his great-grandfather, who ordered a massacre on five chieftains during a diplomatic parley in Bacon’s Rebellion. mountvernon.org/library/d…
In 1986 all game designers working for Konami were forbidden to attach their actual name to any project. Instead, they were required to create a fake name to be listed in the game’s credits. This was to prevent them from asking for raises, and keep rival companies from stealing their talent. dkoldies.com/blog/5-thing…
Ulysses S. Grant's real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant, but it was entered incorrectly when he went to West Point. He was embarrassed by his real initials (H.U.G.) so he didn't tell anyone. He ended up going by Ulysses S. Grant for the rest of his life. ducksters.com/biography/u…
Wendy's founder Dave Thomas regretted using his daughter's name. Not long before he died he told his daughter: "I should've just named it after myself, because it put a lot of pressure on you." today.com/food/wendy-s-fo…
The name Daisy is short for Margaret en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
Oprah Winfrey’s actual name is spelt Orpah, a biblical name, it is present on her birth certificate. However people didn’t really know how to pronounce β€˜Orpah’ and misspelt it as Oprah. Therefore she just stuck with it and began to call herself Oprah. americannamesociety.org/a…
Maya Moore, the best women’s basketball player in the world, retired early to fight for criminal justice reform. She helped overturn a wrongly convicted man who served 22 years of a 50-year sentence. His name is Jonathan Irons. time.com/5770359/wnba-may…
The term "Native American" is falling out of favor amongst indigenous Americans, in favor of indigenous Americans, American Indian, or the name of their own tribe. americanindian.si.edu/nk3…
Sriracha sauce was created in Sri Racha, Thailand by a woman named Madam La Orr Suwanprasop. After being blessed by a monk to do so, she began selling her famous sauce. The same monk suggested she name it after her hometown of Sri Racha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri…
The 1992 Rage Against the Machine track "Killing In The Name" was the 2009 UK Christmas #1 song thanks to a campaign set to prevent a song from "The X Factor" from accomplishing the feat for a 5th straight year. The band would then perform a free concert in London thanking fans for the campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
The Western Roman Empire was founded by a man named Romulus and ended under another Romulus, while the Eastern Roman Empire was built by Constantine and lost under the same name, Constantine IX. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The term "Aryan" has nothing to do with Germans, instead it refers to the Indo-Iranian people who can be found living from the Levant to Northern India, and it's where the name of the country "Iran" is derived from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ary…
Eddie Murphy's film, Dolemite Is My Name, is a true story about a real man named Rudy Ray Moore. latimes.com/entertainment…
The character Machete, as played by Danny Trejo from the B-movie of the same name and the then-fake trailer attached to the Grindhouse (2007) double feature, is in fact the exact same character that debuted (also played by Danny Treijo) in Spy Kids (2001). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The name for the shape of Pringles is called a β€˜Hyperbolic Paraboloid’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
A band called The Warlocks were set to play a benefit concert in San Francisco in December 1965, but the problem was that there was already a band called The Warlocks...so they changed their name to The Grateful Dead. ultimateclassicrock.com/w…
There's a special memorial with tiles in a London Park for ordinary people that died while saving people other peoples live. It's called 'Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice' . It has been erected in 1900. Last name added was in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The Brontosaurus was thought to be a mistake, the creature had never existed. The animal was actually an Apatosaurus, a previously discovered dinosaur, and it should have had that name. Now it's been discovered that they actually are two separate animals, and the Brontosaurus exists again. scientificamerican.com/ar…
A man was jailed for 17 years until lawyers found his doppelganger with the same first name. The authorities reversed his conviction. nypost.com/2017/06/12/man…
Proto-Germanic tribes created the word "bear" out of fear that using its true name, "arkto" would cause it to appear. This is considered by some to be the oldest known euphemism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The character of Captain Ron, played by Kurt Russell, in the 1992 comedy of the same name was based off a real Captain Ron and trip the screenplay writer took with his family from Florida to Texas in 1969. sailmagazine.com/cruising…
Diaeresis mark (the two little dots above a vowel) indicates that the second vowel should be pronounced independently of the first. Some examples are naΓ―ve, and the given names ChloΓ« and ZoΓ« en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
In 1985, a teenage kid in Detroit was beaten up so badly, he severely injured his face, legs and back. He recovered from the injuries and grew up to become one of the most successful rap artists of all time under the stage name Eminem joe.ie/music/eminem-bully…
Astronaut ice cream, despite its name, was never used on any space mission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
There's a jellyfish that undergoes a process called transdifferentiation. Instead of dying, they can reverse its life cycle, earning the name the Immortal Jellyfish - the only known animal to do this. youtu.be/9z8ujpPgUjI?t=63
Cornell University's home economics programs provided students in the program with "practice babies" from orphanages. The babies were all given the last name "Domecon," shortened from the "Domestic Economy" program. rmc.library.cornell.edu/h…
A 'master-mind' cyber-criminal, who was on the FBI's most wanted list, was arrested when detectives were able to figure out his laptop password. It was the name of his cat, followed by 123 telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The longest-running children's TV show in the world Blue Peter held a poll to determine the name of their next pet. The winner was 'Cookie'. Despite this, the staff named their new cat 'Socks'. They ended up having to bring in a second cat called 'Cookie' due to the controversy this caused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
The Crying Indian in the Keep America Beautiful ad was really an Italian guy named Espera "Oscar" de Conti. He moved to Hollywood, changed his name to Iron Eyes Cody and had a 60-year career as an Indian. Even after being found out he still claimed to be Cherokee and Cree, not Sicilian. valleyrelicsmuseum.org/ge…
The earliest record of a named cat is from over 3400 years in Egypt, his name was "Nedjem" which means sweet or pleasant. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
America and "the Americas" were named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian navigator and merchant. "America" was chosen because it matches Europe and Asia, which are also womens names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The historical Buddha is not known to have been obese. The "chubby Buddha" or "laughing Buddha" is a 10th-century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai. buddhism.about.com/od/bud…
Eugen Sandow, The Father of Modern Bodybuilding, was defeated by a woman Katharina Brumbach in a strength contest. She later changed her name to Katie Sandwina( feminine derivative of Sandow). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Lance Armstrong owns a coffee shop in downtown Austin, Texas called "Juan Pelota Cafe". The name is a joking reference to his testicular cancer, with the name "Juan" being considered by some a homophone for "one" and "Pelota" being the Spanish word for "ball". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The β€œS” in Ulysses S. Grant stands for nothing. It was a clerical error made while enrolling in West Point. Fearing he’d be expelled, instead of correcting them he changed his name. ancestralfindings.com/uly…
Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting's co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for $1 vox.com/2019/4/3/18293950…
The β€œPanera Bread” name does not exist in St. Louis. There it is still called by its original name - the St. Louis Bread Co. soyummy.com/st-louis-call…
Karl Berg found after recording parrots, that parent parrots name their children and those names are used through life. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The Cookie Monster has a real name. It`s Sid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
Donald Duck has a middle name. His full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck. He was the friend-rival of Mickey Mouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
There is no clear meaning behind the title of Umberto Eco's debut novel, "The Name of the Rose". Eco himself once stated that his intention was to find a "totally neutral title", and "because the rose is a symbolic figure so rich in meanings that by now it hardly has any meaning left". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The name of the German car manufacturer Audi is based on the Latin translation of the surname of its founder, August Horch. Horch means "listen" in German and becomes "audi" in Latin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
A cougar has over 80 different names including: mountain lion, panther and puma! animals.howstuffworks.com…
Until the mid-twentieth century, golf clubs were not numbered, but had wonderfully funny names: brassies, niblicks, baffies, mashies, jiggers, spoons, and cleeks. hickorygolfers.com/how-to…
There is a difference between button up and button down shirts, the name button down comes from the buttons on the end of the collar, to button the collar down to the shirt. Hence the name. So all button down shirts are button up shirts but not all button up shirts are button down shirts today.com/style/not-all-b…
Today I learned that the Canary Islands are named after Man’s Best Friend, and not birds. The Spanish name for the islands is β€œIslas Canarias”, which is derived from Latin and means β€œIsland of Dogs.” worldatlas.com/articles/d…
Annie Hawkins-Turner, better known by the stage name Norma Stitz ("enormous tits"), holds the Guinness World Record for largest natural breasts. By American bra estimation, her measurements would put her in a 48V bra. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The man behind SNL's "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" during the 1980s and 1990s, Jack Handey, is an actual person, and not a pen name or character texasmonthly.com/the-cult…
James Cook dubbed the islands of Hawaii 'the Sandwich Islands' to honour his sponsor, the Earl of Sandwich, and this name was commonly used by foreign governments for well over fifty years. govisithawaii.com/2009/07…
Popular actor and comedian Chevy Chase got his stage name from a 15th century English poem called The Ballad of Chevy Chase, which tells the story of the battle of Otterburn between the Percys and the Douglases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Ed Sullivan asked Buddy Holly to not play his song β€œOh Boy” on his show because it was too suggestive. Holly refused, so Sullivan mispronounced Holly’s name and cut the feed from his guitar. The band was still a huge hit. When asked back again, Holly said Sullivan didn’t have enough money. youtube.com/watch?v=j53OP…
From around 1857 to 1889, a man known only as the Leatherman repeatedly walked a 365-mile loop around the northeastern US. He wore a handmade leather coat, scarf and hat and although he frequently stopped in towns along his route, he never told anyone his name. His identity remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Erik Thorvaldsson (Erik the Red), discovered a frozen island 1,500 miles west of Iceland. He wished to settle there but was worried no one would want to because of the harsh conditions. In order to fool them into taking the dangerous voyage, he told them the name of the island was "Greenland" youtube.com/watch?v=lmbY-…
There is a popular resort town in China that is a near-replica of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, complete with its own Teton Village and Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The town’s Chinese name translates literally to β€œHometown, USA”. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The name of Africa comes from an ancient name of Tunisia, which was a province of the Roman Empire simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The historical Buddha is not known to have been obese. The "chubby Buddha" or "laughing Buddha" is a 10th-century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A gorge is basically a smaller version of a canyon. The gorge takes its name from the French word for throat or neck. nationalgeographic.org/en…
Today I learned of William Howard Hughes, a United States Air Force officer with security clearance and expertise in rocket self-destruct technology, vanished in 1983. Authorities feared he had defected to the Soviet Union. In June 2018, he was found living in California under an assumed name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Antarctica was originally called Australia, and Australia’s original name is New Holland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Sherpa people have a small number of names and children are often called by days of the week. They also give names according to certain virtues. By mistake of the enumerators in Nepal, their nationality was added as a surname. Otherwise, they have no last name. needforscience.com/geogra…

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