27 Head-Scratching Reasons For The Names Of Common Stuff

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Bengen720 recently told us that biologists are incredibly childish, when it comes to naming things, and will seize every possible opportunity to name a discovery after a penis. But it can't just be scientists who are like that. So we asked readers to dig into funny, bizarre stories behind the names of pretty much anything in the world. And they did not disappoint.

Here's what they found.

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Entry by Ann Jimenez

Avocado in Spanish is Aguacate, which comes from the Nahuatl word 'ahuacatl', which in turn, means testicles. So, uh, tree testicles anyone? CRAGKED

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Mario was named after a landlord who berated the president of Nintendo for not CRAGh paying overdue rent. 1UP HIGH SCORE 2UP 000600 4 L=01 MELP! BONLS

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Entry by coutstevo

Geneticists have quite the sense of humor. Researchers discovered a mutated gene that causes fly genitalia to remain inside the body. It was appropria

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Entry by VictorCamo

There is a small historic village in Dorset, listed in England's famed Domesday Book as Scatera, or Scatra, which meant small town by a sewer's r

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Entry by wonderfloam

A heart condition called Takotsubo cardiomyopathyi is named for the unusual shape of the human heart in this condition. Takotsubo is a Japanese word m

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B: BlackBerry. is named for the way its keyboard looks. BlackBery The creators of the device thought its keyboard somewhat resembled the skin of a fru

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Entry by ERRiley

When scientists discovered a new species of frog that makes a noise similar to a bat, they CRAUN couldn't resist naming it Dendropsophus ozzyi... afte

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PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS is named after the Pixar Image Computer, which was named by combining pixels and sounding vaguely like a Spanish verb. CRA

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Entry by PookieJones

CRACKED C CON The name LEGO derives from an abbreviation of two Danish words which, translated, mean play well.

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Entry by Scott Laffey

ebay was originally called Echo Bay Technology. Founder Pierre omidyar shortened the name to EBay after he went to register echobay.com and found th

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Entry by PookieJones

CRACKED COM ELEVEN In 1946, Tote'm Stores changed their name to 7-Eleven to emphasize their new, extended work hours.

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Steve Jobs came up with the name Apple Computer, Inc. because he was on diet. a fruitarian He had just returned from an apple farm, and thought the wo

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Entry by PookieJones

Google has its name because of a spelling mistake. Google TM It was supposed to be called googol, which is a word for an absurdly large number, but

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Entry by Ann Jimenez

CRACKED COM Explorer Frank Hugh Hann followed some creeks while in Western Australia. He had high expectations of finding a freshwater lake. LAKE DISA

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Entry by CagedWill

There is a pheromone in mouse urine named Darcin. Discovered by the University of Liverpool, they named it after Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice cha

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Entry by Resivir

XBOX Initially, the marketing team hated the name, SO they came up with an entire list of names they thought were better. They did decide to leave XB

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Entry by coutstevo

In 1930 on the way to pitch his idea for the next best American snack cake, Jimmy Dewar sawa billboard for Twinkle Toe Shoes and thus the Twinkie ch

When Zulis and Bert Bell needed a sign for their Texas general store, they had a painter make them a sign decorated with two bells. To make sure peopl

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Entry by Hestutomo

Chicken, Alaska was So named because the original settlers couldn't agree on how to spell the town's original name. Originally, they wanted to name th

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Entry by Resivir

Wirgin CRACKEDOON According to the company website, Virgin was named to reflect the business experience Richard Branson and his associates had when st

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Entry by gicusudoru

The protein that makes vampire bats' saliva act as an anticoagulant is called Draculin. CRACKED

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Entry by PollyDarton

Crafts enthusiast Rob Kalin 6 was watching Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, and the characters kept saying II Etsi Italian): 22 O0I3H in yes (Oh, Kalin was

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Entry by Andrea Meno

Principal Skinner was named after a psychologist rumored to have used his own kids as lab rats. CRACKED CO

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Entry by BRWombat

CRAGKEDOON PLANO, TEXAS, A LARGE DALLAS SUBURB, GOT ITS NAME BECAUSE city of plano HAIL SOMEONE THOUGHT PLANO WAS SPANISH FOR PLAIN

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Entry by JarOCats

While trying to find the right name for his new coffeehouse chain, Gordon Bowker was told that words starting with ST were powerful. When he happe

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Entry by Andrea Meno

Vanilla comes from vagina. CRACKED.COM Vagina means sheath in Latin, and that's what vanilla pods look like.

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Entry by JarOCats

The idea for The Beatles' legendary concept album SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND sprang from Beatles roadie Mal Evans asking Paul McCartney to