VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
WRITTEN BY: George Pacheco
Fame may be fleeting, but the names of these things will last forever. For this list, we'll be ranking the most well known items whose names have been taken from famous individuals throughout history. We won't be including things named after their inventors, and we'll also be omitting places such as airports or landmarks named after politicians and the like. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we'll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things Named After Famous People.
Top 10 Things Named After Famous People
Fame may be fleeting, but the names of these things will last forever. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we'll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things Named After Famous People.
For this list, we'll be ranking the most well known items whose names have been taken from famous individuals throughout history. We won't be including things named after their inventors, and we'll also be omitting places such as airports or landmarks named after politicians and the like.
#10: The Tom Cruise Law
It was in May of 2006 when bill AB2360, also known as "The Tom Cruise Law," was passed by the California State Assembly. The law prevents anyone other than licensed clinicians from purchasing diagnostic ultrasound equipment, and was put into law in response to actor Tom Cruise's acquisition of such a machine to monitor his child with then wife Katie Holmes. Although the couple proclaimed that they would donate the machine after their baby was born, doctors criticized the actor for his move, claiming that overuse of an ultrasound machine could cause tissue damage to the unborn infant.
#9: Jackson Crab
Some celebrities lend their names to hair styles or clothing lines, while others, such as the dear departed King of Pop, end up with something a little different. A group of scientists discovered a rare species of prehistoric hermit crab on June 25th, 2009, the same day of Jackson's death. The team decided to name their crab Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni in the singer's honor, reasoning that, just as Jackson's music will live on forever, so too should the fossil's discovery.
#8: Depp Fossil
This just proves that scientists are pop-culture fans like the rest of us. The "Kootenichella deppi" was a prehistoric fossil discovered by scientists in May of 2013, and was immediately notable for its physical resemblance to lobsters, scorpions... and Johnny Depp? The fossil's large, sharp claws lead scientists to name it after Depp's iconic portrayal of "Edward Scissorhands," thanks to that character's titular condition. In the words of researcher David Legg: "what better way to honor the man than to immortalize him as an ancient creature that once roamed the sea?"
#7: The Birkin Bag
Actress, singer and fashion icon Jane Birkin was everywhere throughout the sixties and seventies, yet it's this personal handbag which might be the most famous item associated with her. The Birkin Bag was initially created by Hermès International executive Jean-Louis Dumas, after a chance encounter with Birkin on an airplane. The handmade leather bags have since become something of a status symbol among the rich and famous, but ironically, Birkin herself would only use the bag for a short while before eventually abandoning it, claiming that she simply carried too much around in the thing.
#6: Teddy Bears
Although similar bears were being manufactured in Germany, it would be the American President Theodore Roosevelt who would go on to influence the iconic children's toy known as the Teddy Bear. The story connected with the bears has to do with one of Roosevelt's hunting trips, where the former President reportedly refused to shoot a bear which had been chased, clubbed and bound to a tree. Roosevelt's sense of sportsmanship would then be immortalized by inventor Morris Michtom in these soft, cute plush bears, the likes of which still grace the hearts and beds of children around the world.
#5: Freudian Slip
The “Freudian Slip” – named after the father of psychoanalysis, Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud – is a term used to describe a situation when the desires of the subconscious mind influence the language, memory or physical response of an individual. The most common Freudian Slips are those dealing with speech, but these instances can also be connected with how we write, what we hear, or even how and why we might misplace everyday objects. The average person might commonly associate the desires expressed by these slips with sex, but they can also be anything from the most mundane of activities to our darkest, innermost secrets.
#4: Farrah Hair
You'd be hard pressed to find a sexier or more vibrant snapshot of 1970s culture than Farrah Fawcett. Farrah's time as one of Charlie's Angels was actually quite short-lived, but fans never forgot the actress' long, feathered hair style. In fact, millions of viewers around the world sought to emulate the look so much, that it eventually earned names of its own: Farrah Hair, the Farrah Do, or simply: The Farrah. Fawcett may be gone, but her beauty and legacy live on forever.
#3: Daisy Dukes
These short, sexy brand of cut off jean shorts take their name from the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard," which ran from 1979 to 1985. The show featured a character named Daisy Duke, a cousin of the show's lead cousins, Bo and Luke. Catherine Bach earned icon status for her role as Daisy, while her trademark attire was indicative of the looser restrictions on TV sexuality of the day. Those impossibly short shorts eventually went on to become something of a cultural icon themselves, leading to the name which continues to follow them to this day.
#2: The Arnold Palmer
You know it and love it: the refreshing beverage known as The Arnold Palmer. The drink is made by combining iced tea with lemonade, and is named after the legendary golfer. Palmer himself would usually mix three parts unsweetened tea to one part lemonade, but there are a number of ways to make one, including the "Half and Half". It can be traced back to the 1960 US Open, when Palmer ordered the drink at the bar, while a woman nearby ordered the same thing, referring to it as "that Palmer drink." The name stuck, and it's stayed that way ever since.
#1: A Shirley Temple
We finish off our list with another famous drink, this time named after the famous young star, Shirley Temple. This non-alcoholic beverage is often served to young children who want to mimic adult cocktails at the dinner table, and is made by mixing together ginger ale and grenadine with a maraschino cherry. Alternatives to ginger ale can also be used to vary up a traditional Shirley Temple, including lemonade, lemon-lime soda, or orange juice, with each variation offering up a sweet and bubbly treat perfect for those abstaining from booze, or who just want to drink like a kid again.