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33 Things That Were Originally Called Something Completely Different

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5. SpongeBob was originally called "Spongeboy." They couldn't use that name because it was copyrighted by a mop company.

6. "Brown Eyed Girl" was originally called "Brown Skinned Girl." Van Morrison said the original title was a "mistake." He told the Belfast Telegraph: "That was just a mistake. It was a kind of Jamaican song... Calypso. It just slipped my mind. I changed the title.”


8. Pinecones were originally called "pine apples." When explorers discovered pineapples in the Americas they called them "pineapples" because they looked like pine cones, and at the time "apple" was used to describe a variety of fruits.


13. Mickey Mouse was originally "Mortimer." Walt Disney's wife hated the name, so he changed it.

16. Yahoo was originally called "Jerry's guide to the world wide web." It was basically just a collection of this guy named Jerry's favorite links and golf scores.


19. Cotton candy was originally called "fairy floss." It made its US debut in St. Louis at the world's fair in1904. It started being referred to as "cotton candy" in the 1920s.


26. An apron was originally called a "napron." By the 17th century, the name changed to "apron" because people kept mishearing it.

28. Bank of America was originally called "Bank of Italy." The Bank of Italy was created by A.P. Giannini for the Italian working class in the North Beach district of San Francisco. Eventually, after it expanded, it was renamed Bank of America.

30. The Hawaiian Islands were originally called the "Sandwich Islands." Explorer James Cook named them after the Earl of Sandwich.

31. Eggo waffles were originally called "Froffles" — a combination of "frozen" and "waffles." The name was changed after customers started calling them "Eggos" because of their egg flavor.

32. Ralph Lauren's birth name was Ralph Lifshitz. He changed it when he was a teenager because it had the word "shit" in it. He chose the name Lauren since his cousins who lived in California had changed their name to "Lawrence" — and he thought "Lauren" was a nice name.