The Surprisingly Strange Origins Of 22 Famous Companies

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Ever wonder how famous companies got their start? No? Maybe you should, because sometimes their origin stories are really weird. Usually, in fact. Here are some of the strangest, most surprising back stories behind famous companies.

And these are just the ones our readers could come up with off the tops of their heads.

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Coca Cola Dr. John Pemberton created Coca-Cola in the hopes of curing his morphine addiction.


In 1940, Marty Bromley founded Standard Games which made slot machines and jukeboxes for military bases in Hawaii. However, in 1952, the US governme

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NASCAR was founded by bootleggers They all raced the police for a living... and they wanted to know who was the best one at it. CRACKED COM

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During WWII, brothers Rudolf and Adolf Adi Dassler manufactured boots for the German soldiers, as well anti-tank as weapons. F Panzerschreck Adolf p

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Today one of the world's most powerful electronics brands, SAMSUNG STARTED AS A GROCERY STORE dealing mostly in dried seafood and noodles. SAMSUNG Aft

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Shell didn't start out as an oil company. It started as an antique shop run by Samuel Marcus, who later expanded his business to selling Oriental shel

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THE FOUNDER OF TGI FRIDAY'S AYS DID IT ALL FOR THE NOOKIE. Alan Stillman had no food experience when he opened his first location. And his goal wasn't

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AVON was founded by a book salesman. Avo Ouitlook NOW YOU ARE NBUSINESS FOR YOURSELF Travelling book salesman David McConnell began giving away perfum

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Abercrombie & Fitch began as an outdoor goods retailer known for high-end hunting, fishing and camping gear. CRACKEDCON

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GRAGKEDO PeG Candle maker William Procter and soap maker James Gamble had nothing in common but the materials in their products, until they married si

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DuPont Teflon DuPont, the maker of your non- stick Teflon pans, started out as a company that specialized in making gunpowder and explosives. CRACKEDC

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