4 Things I Just Learned about Mr. Clean

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1. He's Got a First Name

Mr. Clean was given a first name in 1962 thanks to the "Give Mr. Clean a First Name" promotion. Standouts like "Mean Jean Clean" "Sorta Clean" were passed over for the less funny: "Veritably."

2. While he's happy to help clean your lamp, he refuses to live in it

While the original drawing was intended to portray a Navy man, Mr. Clean is popularly perceived as a magical house-scrubbing genie. Aside from being a hero to legions of OCD , Wikipedia reports that he's also a popular icon in the gay community.

3. Europeans Find him Offensive

Genie or not, the European Parliament finds Mr. Clean offensive. And it's not the pine-fresh scent either. In 2008, the EP prodded P&G to change the image because it currently implies that only a muscular man has what it takes to take on grime and dirt.

4. One Look?

Please. Over the years, Mr. Clean has traded in his trademark undershirt and earrings costume for a number of looks. He's donned suits, portrayed a policeman (as a two-fisted Grimefighter), and he even sported facial hair when he testified in court against dirt.

October 2, 2008 - 9:07am
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