Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today's Trivia - What’s In A Name?

Many familiar fictional characters are only known by their nicknames. But what are their actual names? The list below provides the answers...

Television, Film

The Lone Ranger - John Reid

MacGyver's first name - Angus

Peppermint Patty from Peanuts - Patricia Reichardt

The Professor (Gilligan's Island) - Roy Hinkley

Shaggy (Scooby-Doo) - Norville Rogers

Snuffleupagus (Sesame Street) – Aloysius Snuffleupagus

The Wizard of Oz - Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs

The White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland 2010) - Nivens McTwisp

Comic Book Guy (The Simpsons) - Jeff Albertson

The Man With the Yellow Hat (Curious George) - Ted Shackleford

Bull (Night Court) - Nostradamus Shannon

Game show host Guy Smiley (Sesame Street) - Bernie Liederkrantz

The Skipper (Gilligan's Island) - Jonas Grumby

Cookie Monster (Sesame Street) - Sid

Casper The Friendly Ghost - Casper McFadden
Bernie Liederkrantz

Toys, Games

Barbie - Barbara Millicent Roberts

Ken (Mattel doll) - Ken Carson

Monopoly policeman - Officer Edgar Mallory

Monopoly mascot Rich Uncle Pennybags - Milburn Pennybags

The patient in the classic Operation game - Cavity Sam

Cavity Sam


Cap'n Crunch - Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch (His ship is the S.S. Guppy)

Michelin Man - Bibendum

Mr. Clean's first name - Veritably

Rich Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly - Milburn Pennybags

Pillsbury Doughboy - Poppin' Fresh (He has a wife, Poppie Fresh, and two kids, Popper and Bun Bun)
Mr. Veritably Clean
And finally, here's a trivia bonus: In a Sesame Street scene that never aired, Snuffy's parents announced they were separating. But in testing, children were too devastated by the news, so the idea was scrapped.


  1. Had to look up the Michelin Man. Just thought this was interesting from Wiki.

    "Since 1912, tires have taken on a black appearance because carbon is added as a preservative and strengthener to the base rubber material. Before then, tires took on a gray-white or light, translucent beige colour. This helps explain why Bibendum is white, though modern tires are black."

  2. Great list!! I have always loved Guy Smiley, or should I say Bernie Liederkrantz... somehow it doesn't have the same ring to it!!

  3. I remember learning about Bibendum from a William Gibson novel, where the main character is creeped out by him. :) That has stuck with me since.

  4. @Debra: Don't you just love it?


    @WebDebris: That is actually very interesting. I swear I don't know how my head doesn't explode from all the trivia in it :)


    @Jane: Yeah, he's so funny. Can't imagine him with the name Bernie, though.


    @Tatiana: All that reading doesn't go to waste!