Useless Knowledge - Fun Facts About Names Day

Fun Facts About Names Day lands on Monday of the first full week in March. This year it falls on March 8th. Started by Jerry Hill of jerryhill.com , it is a day to celebrate names by learning more about them. Here are a few interesting name tidbits for your reading pleasure:

  • Joe - the name of the camel on the Camel cigarette package
  • Gidget - the name of the Taco Bell dog
  • Parker - the last name of Jane, Tarzan's mate
  • Dork - the name of a whale's penis
  • Whirly-Girls - the name of the International Association of Women Helicopter Pilots
  • Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde - the colored ghosts on the Pac-Man video arcade game
  • David Prowse - the man in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, and The Empire Strikes Back
  • Jake the Jailbird - the name of the guy in jail on the Monopoly board
  • Lie - the name of the album mass murderer Charles Manson recorded
  • Marilyn Monroe - the first Playboy centerfold (1953)
  • Willy - the first name of Gilligan of Gilligan's Island
  • Leon Leonwood - what the "L.L." stands for in L.L. Bean
  • Morris Garage - what M.G., the British made automobile, stands for