Monday 27 January 2014

The Name Game

Here are the origins of ten famous names.

1.  The Snickers chocolate bar was named in 1930 after Frank Mars' favourite horse, Snickers.  Mr. Mars also created the Mars Bar.

2.  One of my students asked me today who Clark Kent was named after.  I just happened to do a blog post on Superman recently explaining that his creator liked to watch movies.  Clark came from movie star Clark Gable, and Kent, from movie star Kent Taylor.

3.  Buzz Lightyear, the animated character in Toy Story, is named after the real life astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon in 1969.

4.  Pringles potato chips have three possible origins:

a.  the name came from a Cincinnatti phone book
b.  the name came from Pringle Drive where two Pringles advertising executives lived
c.  the name came from Mark Pringle who filed a patent for processing potatoes

5.  Starbucks is named after the coffee-loving first mate in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.

6.  Legend has it that the pop Dr. Pepper, which was invented in Waco, Texas, was named after the friend of a pharmacy owner where the beverage was first served.  The friend's name was Dr. Charles Pepper.

7.  The Ritz cracker, which was slathered in coconut oil and therefore looked shiny and "ritzy", was named after the Ritz Hotel.

8.  The Kit Kat chocolate bar is rumored to have been named after the Kit Kat Club, an 18th Century Whig Literary Club located at Christopher Katling (Kit Kat)'s pie house in Shire Lane.

9.  SPAM, canned meat invented to feed World War II soldiers on the frontlines, was a blending of the words "spiced ham".  

10.  The cereal Apple Jacks was supposedly named after an old American liquor called apple jacks.

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