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44 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don't Know

You've known these characters your whole life. Isn't it time you learned their real names?

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1. All right, lets start with the most logical place, breakfast. The Pillsbury Doughboy's name is Poppin Fresh, first name Poppin, last name Fresh. If you're planning to participate in the thriving world of Poppin Fresh fanfiction, you probably also want to know that he has a wife, Poppie Fresh, and two kids; Popper and Bun Bun Fresh. His cat and dog are names Biscuit and Flap Jack, so, go get to work.

2. That guy smirking at you from the oatmeal canister is not William Penn; the good people at Quaker Oats refer to him as Larry. In 2012, Larry got a mini-makeover. His hair was trimmed, he lost a little weight, and Quaker says he acquired, quote, more radiant skin from his daily oatmeal mask.

3. As you may remember from our cereal quiz video, before he was a distinguished captain of the S.S. Guppy, the good Captain Crunch was Horatio Magellan Crunch.

4. Thanks to a marketing campaign in 2009, Mrs. Butterworth was finally given a first name; please call her Joy in all future correspondence.

5. Comic book guy on the Simpsons is really named Jeff Albertson, and he would be the first person to jump on you for not knowing that. Matt Groening wanted to call him Louis Lane.

6. While we're talking about Matt Groening, lets discuss Mom from Futurama. She shares her name with another famous mom, the Brady's, Carol.

7. The next time you land on the 'go directly to jail' spot while playing Monopoly, direct your cursing at Officer Edgar Mallory, the cop who inhabits that space.

8. And while you're in jail, feel free to chat up Jake the Jailbird, he's not leaving anytime soon.

9. And when you get that unexpected ten dollar windfall for coming in second place in a beauty pageant, you need to thank Rich Uncle Pennybags. Rich Uncle Pennybags used to have a wife whose name was Marge, but you know how repeated bankruptcies can affect a marriage.

10. According to Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, Woody from Toy Story has a last name, Pride.

11. Big bird's friend Snuffleupagus has a first name, Aloysius. Aloysius Snuffleupagus. 

12. Speaking of Sesame Street, in a 2004 episode Cookie Monster admitted that before he got hooked on cookies, his name was Sid. Oh, and lets clear up a rumor while we're at it, despite Cookie's new focus on eating healthy foods like eggplants, he's not changing his name. In a 2012 episode he said, "We've gotta stop this Veggie monster rumor before me reputation ruined!" Mental_floss asked me if I could do a cookie monster impersonation, and I said, "Yes."

13. You know Guy Smiley, from Sesame Street? Yeah, his real name was Bernie Liederkrantz.

14. In a Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty's real name is Patricia Reichardt.

15. And that annoying teacher, who sounded suspiciously like a muted trumpet, Miss Othmar, who later got married and became Mrs. Hagameir.

16. Those fortunate enough to be on a first name basis with Mr. Clean call him Veritably. That's right, Veritably Clean. The name comes from a "Give Mr. Clean a First Name" promotion in 1962. 

17. Barbara Millicent Roberts, better known as Barbie, was named for creator Ruth Handler's daughter, so that was good for Barbara's body image.

18. Barbie's long time love and fellow fashionista is named Ken Carson, also after Handler's offspring. That's right, the real Barbie and Ken are siblings! And you will surprised to learn that they did not appreciate the attention that came with being the namesakes of these dolls. In fact, Barbara's daughter, Cheryl, never owned a Barbie, and Ken Handler said he wished that Barbie worked in a soup kitchen, but, "then she would never sell."

19. The perpetual patient in the game Operation is an unfortunate fellow named Cavity Sam.

20. In a deleted scene from the 2006 Curious George movie, it was revealed that The Man With The Yellow Hat is named Ted Shackleford. Now, this may not count, because it was from a deleted scene, and because it was from a movie, and because it came out years after the creators of Curious George died.

21. And now to the Wall of Magic. (pointing at each in turn) Bruce Wayne;

22. Oswald Cobblepot;

23. Diana Prince;

24. Minch Yoda, at least according to George Lucas' earliest notes; and just Toad.

25. So, you already know the Fail Whale, but did you know that the friendly little bird over on Twitter goes by the name Larry? Larry Bird? Tell him hi for us when you tweet that the latest mental_floss video is out.

26. In 1916, 14-year-old Antonio Gentile entered Planter's Peanuts contest to create a mascot. His winning entry was a version of the dapper legume we all know and love today. And he also suggested the name, Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe.

27. The Michelin Man's real name, Bibendum, means "drinking to be done" in Latin, and people used to refer to him as the Road Drunkard. The name comes from a bizarre, early advertisement, that showed the Michelin Man holding a questionable cocktail of nails and broken glass, with the tagline, "Michelin Tires: Drink up obstacles!"

28. For most of us, the evil queen from Snow White has always been known as "the scary lady from the Disney World ride," but early promotions for Walt Disney's first feature length animation film referred to the world's worst stepmother as Queen Grimhilda.

29. Now, over to Archie comics. Of course, Jughead's parents didn't name him Jughead. They named him a much better name: Forsythe P. Jones III.

30. Mr. Whipple, the poor grocer who so desperately wanted his customers to leave the Charmin alone, did have a first name: George. George Whipple.

31. Dana Carvey's judgmental, lips-pursing, holier-than-thou church lady, has a name. Enid Strict.

32. If you go by the 1995 Casper movie, which you shouldn't, by the way, then Casper's family name is McFadden.

33. Before he was simply Geoffrey, the Toys R Us mascot was known as Dr. G. Raffe.

34. Although Shaggy probably fits him better, the frightened ghost hunter's real name Norville Rogers.

35. Scooby has a more proper name as well, Scoobert Doo.

36. Let's stick with television. We've got Angus MacGyver;

37. Bosco Albert Baracus, from The A Team;

38. Salvatore Assante, aka Turtle from Entourage;

39. Wilson W. Wilson Jr. from Home Improvement;

40. Nostradamus Shannon, aka Bull from Night Court;

41. Jeff Boomhauer from King of the Hill;

42. Jonas Grumby, better known as Skipper from Gilligan's Island,

43. and the professor, Roy Hinkley.

44. And lastly, we return to the salon to discuss Columbo. On his police badge, Lt. Columbo's name was Frank, but many sources will tell you that his name is Philip. However, that's not true. It's a copyright trap, something I know a thing or two about, that first appeared in the book The Trivia Encyclopedia. When Trivial Pursuit later included a question with the incorrect answer, the author of The Trivia Encyclopedia knew that they had used information from his book, and so he sued. But then the court ruled in favor of Trivial Pursuit, saying that facts, even false ones, cannot be copyrighted.

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By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
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Photo of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Purchased for $10, Could Be Worth Millions
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Several years ago, Randy Guijarro paid $2 for a few old photographs he found in an antiques shop in Fresno, California. In 2015, it was determined that one of those photos—said to be the second verified picture ever found of Billy the Kid—could fetch the lucky thrifter as much as $5 million. That story now sounds familiar to Frank Abrams, a lawyer from North Carolina who purchased his own photo of the legendary outlaw at a flea market in 2011. It turns out that the tintype, which he paid $10 for, is thought to be an image of Billy and Pat Garrett (the sheriff who would eventually kill him) taken in 1880. Like Guijarro’s find, experts say Abrams’s photo could be worth millions.

The discovery is as much a surprise to Abrams as anyone. As The New York Times reports, what drew Abrams to the photo was the fact that it was a tintype, a metal photographic image that was popular in the Wild West. Abrams didn’t recognize any of the men in the image, but he liked it and hung it on a wall in his home, which is where it was when an Airbnb guest joked that it might be a photo of Jesse James. He wasn’t too far off.

Using Google as his main research tool, Abrams attempted to find out if there was any famous face in that photo, and quickly realized that it was Pat Garrett. According to The New York Times:

Then, Mr. Abrams began to wonder about the man in the back with the prominent Adam’s apple. He eventually showed the tintype to Robert Stahl, a retired professor at Arizona State University and an expert on Billy the Kid.

Mr. Stahl encouraged Mr. Abrams to show the image to experts.

William Dunniway, a tintype expert, said the photograph was almost certainly taken between 1875 and 1880. “Everything matches: the plate, the clothing, the firearm,” he said in a phone interview. Mr. Dunniway worked with a forensics expert, Kent Gibson, to conclude that Billy the Kid and Mr. Garrett were indeed pictured.

Abrams, who is a criminal defense lawyer, described the process of investigating the history of the photo as akin to “taking on the biggest case you could ever imagine.” And while he’s thrilled that his epic flea market find could produce a major monetary windfall, don’t expect to see the image hitting the auction block any time soon. 

"Other people, they want to speculate from here to kingdom come,” Abrams told The New York Times of how much the photo, which he has not yet had valuated, might be worth. “I don’t know what it’s worth. I love history. It’s a privilege to have something like this.”

[h/t: The New York Times]

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