So, the other day I went to see Call Me By Your Name, which — as I'm sure you know by now — stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
And afterward I was so ~inspired~ by the film I wrote this Very Bad Tweet™️ about Armie Hammer.
The next day a person who is smarter than me pointed out that, duh, Erin, his name sounds like Arm & Hammer because his great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, owned the company.
And I felt very dumb!!!
But guess what, random Twitter guy. I read that entire Wikipedia page.
And Armand Hammer did own Arm & Hammer.
But!!! The name Arm & Hammer has literally nothing to do with Armand Hammer.
The brand was started in 1867, which is 31 years before Armand Hammer was even born, y'all!
And while Armand Hammer was a wealthy business dude, he only became interested in owning Arm & Hammer 'cuz everyone kept asking him about it.
So many people asked him about it that he attempted to buy the company! And guess what! They didn't let him!
But by 1986, Armand Hammer's oil company Occidental Petroleum acquired enough stock in Church & Dwight, which is the parent company of — you guessed it — Arm & Hammer, allowing him to sit on the board of directors.
So in conclusion: Armie Hammer's great grandfather eventually did come to own Arm & Hammer, but the brand is definitely, 100%, absolutely not named after him.
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