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How Zeppo Marx Got His Name
Comedian Herbert Manfred Marx, the youngest and last survivor of the five Marx Brothers, was born on February 25th in 1901, the same year that the Zeppelin blimp made its American debut. Hence his stage name: Zeppo Marx.  
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Sleeping Critics?
"Sabinson tells the tale of walking into producer David Merrick's office on opening night of Subways Are for Sleeping and being asked why he was not watching the show. "'You don't pay me enough to watch this show twice,' Sabinson retorted. Merrick, who had a Manhattan phone book in his lap, said, 'You know there's another Howard Taubman here,' referring to the name of the drama critic of The New York Times. "'How about Walter Kerr?' Sabinson asked—and in a few minutes they ended up with seven people who had the same names as seven New York theater critics and they decided to quickly take them to dinner at Sardi's and then to see the play and asked them each ...
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Gridiron Club, DC
Al Franken And Amy Klobuchar Tell Ted Cruz A Ted Cruz Joke
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar once wrote a joke about humorless Texas Senator Ted Cruz for a press dinner at the Gridiron Club. "It was soon after the Carnival Cruise had gone out to sea," Al Franken later recalled, "and the engine died and all the electricity went out and it was stuck out there for like 10 days and was known as the 'poop cruise' because nothing [no toilets] worked and… stuff was floating by you… "So she wrote this joke, which is: 'When most people think of a bad cruise, they think of Carnival; we think of Ted.' … So before the gridiron, I see Amy going over to Chuck Schumer, and then I see her going over someone ...
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In the 1920s, William Lyons founded the Swallow Sidecar Company Limited. When the company was later renamed the Jaguar Corporation, as a tribute to its origins Lyons named one of its first models after the Swallow Sidecar. Some time later, Lyons was dismayed to learn that sales of the new model were abysmal. A spot of market research quickly pointed to the problem: many prospective customers thought the Jaguar "SS-1" had been named in honor of the Schutzstaffel, Hitler's special security force. [The model's name was quickly changed and sales recovered.]
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Paul Fussell & The Order Of The Golden Arm
In June 1999, a travel writing conference was held at the University of Pennsylvania. The guest of honor was historian Paul Fussell, author of Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars, a book which (with Paul Theroux's Great Railway Bazaar) had, according to conference organizer David Espey, sparked a wave of popular interest in travel writing. Eventually, Espey declared, the conference might lead to the formation of a professional association, which might in turn issue an annual award for travel writing. Indeed, citing his favorite anecdote from Fussell's book—involving the author's retrieval of his wallet and passport from a Turkish toilet—Espey even proposed a suitable name for the award: "The Order of the Golden Arm." [Espey also discussed Fussell's contention ...
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Donald Trump - Forgetting Names
After president Joe Biden appeared to forget the name of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and called him "that fellow Down Under," many Republicans said he was losing his mind.  In response, staffers at Jimmy Kimmel Live assembled a clip show of Donald Trump forgetting people's names.  Trump called Chuck Canterbury, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, "Ken," He called Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple," He called National Security Advisor John Bolton "Mike." He called Florida congressman Matt Gaetz "Rick." He called Texas governor Rick Perry "Jim." He called Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu "Betanyahu." And he called his own vice president, Mike Pence, "Mike Pounds." 
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The Taco Liberty Bell
In April 1996, Taco Bell placed full-page ads in several large newspapers announcing that it had purchased the Liberty Bell and had renamed it "the Taco Liberty Bell." The news provoked outrage. Philadelphia's Independence National Historic Park, where the bell was housed, received hundreds of calls from citizens expressing their anger. They soon learned the truth: the story, of course, was an April Fools prank. The best line of the day came from White House press secretary Mike McCurry. Asked about the sale, he replied that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold. It would soon be known, he said, as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
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When MGM Renamed A Character To Avoid A Lawsuit
During the production of Rasputin and the Empress, MGM, seeking to avoid a lawsuit, fictionalized the role of Prince Yusupov in the film, giving his character a fabricated name: Prince Chegodieff.  Yusupov, hardly fooled by the transparent ruse, sued the studio in a London court and was awarded a sizable judgment. Shortly thereafter, the studio was sued again and another sizable judgment awarded to another plaintiff. The second plaintiff? The real Prince Chegodieff. 
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Etihad Stadium, UK
Why Etihad Stadium Named Some Stands After Colin Bell
In November 2003, Manchester City confirmed that they would, after all, be naming one of the stands at their new stadium after legendary midfielder Colin Bell. The naming of the main stand sparked an embarrassing public row after a poll on Manchester City's official website was alleged to have been hijacked by rival fans. City back-room staff feared that rival fans had voted for Bell ahead of former manager Joe Mercer so that they could dub the stand "the Bell End" - British slang for the tip of the penis. "This is a tremendous honor that has been bestowed on me," Bell declared. "I can't thank City fans enough for their continued magnificent support."
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The Game: "The name 'The Game' came from my grandmother, because she used to say I was game for anything, 'cuz I, like, blew up cats with firecrackers, jumped off the roof with a skateboard..."