Barbie’s Last Name and 16 More Characters You Didn’t Know Had Full Names
We reveal the true identities of Mr. Clean, the Wizard of Oz, and more.
We all know the blonde doll by Barbie, but Mattel reveals not only is that a nickname, but she also has an official full name: Barbara Millicent Roberts.
You didn’t think Barbie was the only one to get attention, did you? Her love interest is Ken Carson, and his little brother is Tommy. See if you can answer these 15 pop culture trivia questions everyone gets wrong.
The Wizard of Oz
You won’t find this in the movie, but the Wizard has a big reveal in L. Frank Baum’s 1908 book Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz: “My father, who was a politician, named me Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. … When I grew up I just called myself O. Z., because the other initials were P-I-N-H-E-A-D; and that spelled ‘pinhead,’ which was a reflection on my intelligence.” Find out which 15 famous quotes everyone gets wrong from The Wizard of Oz and other movies.
That lovable, poke-able mascot has a full name that sounds more like a trying-way-too-hard nickname: Poppin’ Fresh. He and his wife, Poppy Fresh, have two kids named Popper and Bun-Bun.
The military status of the Cap’n was called into question when it was revealed that he only has three stripes on his uniform (a Navy captain has four), but at least he can stay confident in his last name. Horatio Magellan Crunch was born on Crunch Island in the Sea of Milk and seems to be a successful leader, no matter what his uniform says.
The Lone Ranger
The radio script writer who introduced The Lone Ranger never gave him a “real” name, but the mystery was lifted (or muddled, depending on how you look at it) in 1981 and 2003 when films revealed him to be John Reid and Luke Hartman, respectively. Don’t miss these other 22 movie trivia facts that seem too crazy to be true.
The Michelin Man
That smiley, puffy white mascot is named Bibendum (Bib for short) after his old catchphrase, Nunc est Bibendum, which is Latin for “Now for drinking.” He’d then proceed to prove his toughness by downing a goblet of broken glass and nails. Yum.
The Operation patient
Most people just refer to the man on the Operation board as “the patient” (or even just “the guy” if you’re really dehumanizing), but the instruction booklet calls him Cavity Sam.
Cocoa Puffs bird
You knew he was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, but did you know his real name is Sonny the Cuckoo Bird?
Cinnamon Toast Crunch baker
Poor Chef Wendell seems to have gone the way of his baker sidekicks, Bob and Quello, now that the Crazy Squares have replaced him on the Cinnamon Toast Crunch box.
The Monopoly man
He’s known as Mr. Monopoly now, possibly because his original name, Rich Uncle Pennybags, came off just a little too strong.
The Professor on Gilligan’s Island
That’s not where the Gilligan characters end. We find out in that same episode that the professor’s name is Roy Hinkley. Here are more pop culture trivia facts that will impress your friends.
A 1962 promotion asked for suggestions to give Mr. Clean a first name. The winner made him Veritably Clean.
The Comic Book Guy in The Simpsons
Leaving The Comic Book Guy nameless was a long-running joke on The Simpsons, but in 2005, the gag ran up when he introduced himself as Jeff Albertson. Learn about 10 “fictional” characters you didn’t know were based on real people.