Imagine sitting at Cargo's house, having a cup of coffee, when suddenly, your Motion phone rings, you pick it up, and it's your friend, she's wondering if you'd like to see the movie '3,000' with her tonight. Since you're not sure what that movie is about you go online an quickly backrub it. That night, you buy some popcorn, a can of Brad's Drink, and you enjoy the movie with your friend.


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What are we talking about? Well, if it wasn't for some last minute changes, all of these names would sound familiar. From Limp Bizkit almost naming themselves 'Blood Fart' to Hannah Montana being Alexis Texas, this list compiled by Bored Panda reveals the original names of famous tv shows, music bands, movies, and brands.

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#1 Backrub - Google

Backrub - Google

One of the weirdest original names belongs to Google, which, believe it or not, was supposed to be named ‘Backrub.’ Imagine Backrubing something instead of Googling? Sounds ridiculous, right? Well back in 1996 this was the original company name but was then changed to Google in 1997.

Business Insider , Logoly Report

Night Owl 1 week ago

Imagine a boss backrubing a prospective employee.

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#2 Lenny, Penny, And Kenny - The Big Bang Theory

Lenny, Penny, And Kenny - The Big Bang Theory

This one definitely turned out way better than it could have been. Before renaming Jim Parsons’ character to Sheldon, his name was Kenny and the famous tv series was called not ‘The Big Bang Theory’ but ‘Lenny, Penny and Kenny’, which is the cheesiest thing in the entire universe.

Hollywood , Bago Games Report

Molly Tallmadge 1 week ago

Thats so cheesy it's gouda! Meh?

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#3 Whoopass Girls - Powerpuff Girls

Whoopass Girls - Powerpuff Girls

Oh man, the things we would do to have the famous trio called not the Powerpuff Girls, but the Whoopass Girls… It just sounds so badass. Well, according to the book “America Toons In: A History of Television Animation” that’s exactly how the girls were supposed to be named. Unfortunately, the name was changed in order to avoid offending the intended audience, which is kids and their parents.

America Toons In: A History of Television Animation , Cartoon Network Report

glowworm2 1 week ago

Also, instead of Chemical X, a can of Whoopass was accidentally added to Professor Utonium's ingredients to create the perfect little girl.

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#4 Mr Cauliflower - Mr Bean

Mr Cauliflower - Mr Bean

Rowan Atkinson, the genius behind the iconic Mr. Bean character, actually came up with this persona when he was studying for his master’s degree at the University of Oxford. The name Mr. Bean came up only after the first program was released, and while pitching different names, one of the suggestions was Mr. Cauliflower. Sounds fun, but nothing would change the iconic Mr. Bean!

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Night Owl 1 week ago (edited)

The shorter name is better, and easier to pronounce in other languages (no need to translate it or change it)

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#5 Smile - Queen

Smile - Queen

There is no cheesier name than ‘Smile’. Imagine a legendary, incredible, one-of-a-kind band and then call them ‘Smile’ - just terrible. So then, it’s hard to believe that such an outstanding band like Queen would call themselves nothing but a cliche positive name. Well, as it turns out, the name ‘Queen’ was given after the band invited Freddie Mercury to join then, and he was the one who suggested... Read More

There is no cheesier name than ‘Smile’. Imagine a legendary, incredible, one-of-a-kind band and then call them ‘Smile’ - just terrible. So then, it’s hard to believe that such an outstanding band like Queen would call themselves nothing but a cliche positive name. Well, as it turns out, the name ‘Queen’ was given after the band invited Freddie Mercury to join then, and he was the one who suggested this name (of course he was). In an interview with Circus, Mercury said that the concept behind the name was to be regal and majestic, just like the Queen.”

Spazio In Wind , Ultimate Classic Rock Report

JustABobcat 1 week ago

They definitely were regal and majestic.

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#6 Pictaboo - Snapchat

Pictaboo - Snapchat

The original name for Snapchat was actually Pictaboo until the creators received a letter from a photography book company with the same name. Pictaboo was then changed to Snapchat. But the name is not the only thing the company changed. To make the app more popular, one of the original creators of the app suggested it was best to advertise it as a sexting app. On the... Read More

The original name for Snapchat was actually Pictaboo until the creators received a letter from a photography book company with the same name. Pictaboo was then changed to Snapchat. But the name is not the only thing the company changed. To make the app more popular, one of the original creators of the app suggested it was best to advertise it as a sexting app. On the drafts from the press release, it stated: “Pictaboo lets you and your boyfriend send photos for peeks and not keeps!”

Frozen Fire , Tech Crunch Report

David Viesta 1 week ago

As a sexting app? Proper name would be "Pictabooty".

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#7 Spaceman From Pluto - Back To The Future

Spaceman From Pluto - Back To The Future

If it was up to the the head of Universal Pictures’ the movie ‘Back to the Future’ would have been named ‘Spaceman from Pluto.’ Why? Because according to Sid Sheinberg, “no successful movie ever had the word ‘future’ in it.” According to writer and producer Bob Gale “Every single person at Universal loved the title Back To The Future except for Sid. So we went to Steven and said, ‘Steven,... Read More

If it was up to the the head of Universal Pictures’ the movie ‘Back to the Future’ would have been named ‘Spaceman from Pluto.’ Why? Because according to Sid Sheinberg, “no successful movie ever had the word ‘future’ in it.” According to writer and producer Bob Gale “Every single person at Universal loved the title Back To The Future except for Sid. So we went to Steven and said, ‘Steven, what are we going to do? He means it. He really wants to change the title.’” Steven wrote a memo back to Sheinberg saying, "Dear Sid, thanks so much for your most humorous memo. We all really got a big laugh out of it." Steven knew that Sid was too proud to admit he'd meant it seriously. And that was the end of ‘Spaceman From Pluto.’

Business Insider , Back To The Future Report

BusLady 1 week ago

Could have been worse: "Spaceman from Uranus."

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#8 Jerry And David’s Guide To The World Wide Web - Yahoo

Jerry And David’s Guide To The World Wide Web - Yahoo

We’re almost certain that Yahoo wouldn’t be so successful if they had kept their original name - Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web, it just seems a bit … too long. Of course, you could call it JDGWWW, but we think they did the right thing here by changing their name to Yahoo! Which stands for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”

Britannica , Way Back Machine Report

Lisa K 1 week ago

That acronym is the greatest

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#9 Six Of One - Friends

Six Of One - Friends

In life, you never know how one tiny decision can change everything completely. So, back in 2012, Vanity Fair released an issue were they wrote down all the things that could have been completely different in the show ‘Friends’. For example, Courtney Cox initially read for the role of Rachel Green, but she chose to play Monica, and Monica’s character was supposed to be way darker, edgier and snarkier. But... Read More

In life, you never know how one tiny decision can change everything completely. So, back in 2012, Vanity Fair released an issue were they wrote down all the things that could have been completely different in the show ‘Friends’. For example, Courtney Cox initially read for the role of Rachel Green, but she chose to play Monica, and Monica’s character was supposed to be way darker, edgier and snarkier. But the most important part is the name, and if it wasn’t for Kauffman and Crane, we would be stuck with ‘Six of One’ which was the original name of the show.

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#10 Sweet Children - Green Day

Sweet Children - Green Day

Before they created the song that everyone sings on September 30th, they were ‘Sweet Children’, a band created when Billie Joe Armstrong was only 14 years old. The band changed their name to Green Day after being confused with Californian rock outfit Sweet Baby. Also, Sweet Children doesn’t sound so badass compared to ‘Green Day’, a name that refers to a day when all you do is smoke marijuana.

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Bored Fox 1 week ago

I did not know the meaning of Green Day before this. :D Here in Finland one band was called Indica and they made several albums before they realized that Indica was also a marijuana strain. The band was really angry because they did not like drugs. Indica also made some English language songs - I recommend listening their song 'In Passing' if someone likes all-female bands. :)

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