The reasons behind the names of various businesses and their products make for some fascinating stories. Some of them are even true . . .




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Mount Rainier in Washington State was so designated due to the influence of Rainier Brewery.


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The name of the San Diego Wild Animal Park’s Wgasa Bush Line railway was taken from a crude acronym.


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The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth.


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The name ‘Aspirin‘ was taken from the terms ‘acetylsalicylic acid’ and ‘spiraea ulmaria.’


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The word nylon was formed by conflating the names ‘New York’ and ‘London.’


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The flush toilet was invented by Thomas Crapper.


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German
chocolate cake comes from Germany.


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The Japanese corporation known as Sony based its name on an acronym formed from ‘Standard Oil of New York.’


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The athletic shoe Adidas gained its name from an acronym for ‘All Day I Dream About Sex.’


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The word ‘chad‘ comes from the “Chadless keypunch,” so named after its inventor, a Mr. Chadless.


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The discount chain E.J. Korvette took its name from a shortening of ‘eight Jewish Korean War veterans,’ the founding partners.


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Chef Boyardee was a fictional creation whose name was taken from the given names of the company’s three founders: Boyd, Art, and Dennis


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Baseball’s championship is known as the “World Series” because it was originally sponsored by the New York World newspaper.


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The Gap takes its name from the gay pride slogan “Gay and proud.”


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The lubricating spray WD-40 is so named because it was the product of the 40th attempt at creating a water displacing substance.


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Coca-Cola’s original diet cola drink, TaB, took its name from an acronym for “totally artificial beverage.”


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Bottled water giant Evian named its product as a sly dig at consumers.


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Companies choose domain names with unintendedly risqué double meanings.


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Life Savers candy was so named because its inventor’s daughter died from choking on a non-holed mint.


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UK power company chooses an unfortunate domain name for the web site of their Italian division.


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Maybelline, the first commercial mascara, was named for a real person.


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Gatorade was named for the Florida Gators, the University of Florida’s football team.*


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Men’s underwear is referred to as ‘BVDs‘ because the term is an abbreviation of the phrase ‘Boy’s Ventilated Drawers.’


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7Up was named for the number of its ingredients.


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Baby products company Graco took its name from the acronym for ‘God Rewards All Christian Organizations.’


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The Milky Way and 3 Musketeers candy bars were given the wrong names when their wrappers were inadvertently switched.


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The origins of the name of the Canada Dry beverage company.

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