33 Things That Were Originally Called Something Completely Different

Blood Fart… Makes sense.

1. Hannah Montana was originally named “Alexis Texas.”

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2. Candy corn was originally called “Chicken Feed.”

3. The Powerpuff Girls were originally called the “Whoopass Girls.”

4. John Steinback’s Of Mice and Men was originally called Something That Happened.

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.”

7. Q-Tips were originally called “baby gays.” The “q” was added to mean quality.

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.

9. Coldplay was originally named “Starfish.”

10. Maroon 5 was originally named “Kara’s Flowers.”

11. Snapchat was originally called “Pictaboo.”

12. Google was originally called “BackRub.”

13. Mickey Mouse was originally “Mortimer.” Walt Disney’s wife hated the name, so he changed it.

14. Hermione Granger’s name was supposed to be “Hermione Puckle.”

15. Softball was originally called “kitten ball.”

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.

17. Pepsi was originally called “Brad’s Drink” after Caleb Bradham started selling it in his drugstore. It was renamed “Pepsi-Cola” after the word “dyspepsia,” because Bradham claimed it was a healthy drink. Dyspepsia means indigestion.

18. The Spice Girls were at first called “Touch.” Originally, there was also another member, named Michelle.

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.

20. The White House was at one time called the “President’s Palace.”

21. The movie Pretty Woman was at first titled 3000.

22. Clifford’s name was originally “Tiny.”

23. Buzz Lightyear was originally named “Lunar Larry.”

24. Best Buy was originally named “Sound of Music.”

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25. Limp Bizkit was at one time called “Blood Fart.”

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

27. Cheerios were originally called Cheerioats.

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.

29. Creed’s original name was “Naked Toddler.”

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.

33. Rudolph was almost named Reginald.

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