Everything on this list is something you’ve not only heard of, but that is iconic enough that its name is intricately linked to what/who it is – and yet, it was originally supposed to be called something different.
I mean, call me crazy, but I’m not sure Hannah Montana would have been quite as big a success if they’d stuck with Alexis Texas.
Or maybe I’m wrong. A lot of people do live in Texas.
17. The film that launched Julia Roberts’ career was originally titled 3,000 instead of Pretty Woman.
It doesn’t work. At all.
16. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Puckle?
15. Pine cones used to be called pine apples.
The fruit was discovered and thus named because it looked like a pine cone. Obviously.
14. Candy Corn was originally called Chicken Feed.
I mean…how would you even know for sure it was Halloween?
13. Cheerios were Cheerioats.
I’m guessing the test audience included children who wrinkled their little noses at the suggestion of anything healthy.
12. Reginald the Red Nosed Reindeer?
Has some panache, you’ve got to admit.
11. Not softball, but kitten ball?
10. Of Mice and Men‘s original title was Something That Happened.
It doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Or any ring, really.
9. Coldplay was originally known as Starfish.
I wonder if they would have been as popular.
8. The famous Toy Story tagline “To infinity, and beyond!” was supposed to be uttered by Lunar Larry, not Buzz Lightyear.
I sort of love the original…
7. They wanted to call Best Buy “Sound of Music.”
I’m guessing there were some copyright issues.
6. SpongeBoy only became SpongeBob after the creators realized it was copyrighted by a mop company.
Would not be the same.
5. At the World’s Fair in 1904, you wouldn’t have bought cotton candy, you would have grabbed fairy floss.
I propose we bring this back.
4. Instead of sending Snaps, you could be sending Pictas.
The app Snapchat was originally sold as Pictaboo.
3. Eggo waffles were called “Froffles” (frozen + waffle).
Customers noticed their egg-y flavor and the nickname stuck.
2. In today’s racist entry, Brown Eyed Girl was first dubbed Brown Skinned Girl.
Then Van Morrison came to his senses, according to this interview in 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.”
1. Limp Bizkit? No, we’re Blood Fart.
They’re both pretty bad, if you ask me. Which no one did.
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