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Google used to be called WHAT? — The original names of 23 iconic brands

Aug 16, 2014 By Joey

Before it was Pepsi, it was Brad’s Drink. Instead of telling people to “BackRub that,” we tell them to “Google it.” Going to Peter’s Super Submarines for lunch? No, you aren’t. Though you can go to Subway if you really want to.

Here is a fun list of 23 major brands that used to go by another name…

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  1. Martin says:

    This must be a VERY British list; Snickers bars have been Snickers bars since their inception (1930) and Bounty paper towels are still Bounty paper towels.

  2. Troy says:

    Yes. Must be British. Pepsi was called Brad’s Drink from its invention in 1893 to 1898 when it was renamed Pepsi-Cola and then just Pepsi in 1961.

  3. Kathy P. says:

    Bounty is still Bounty in the United States…. And Olay was Oil of Olay as long as I can remember…

    1. Andy says:

      Steve, don’t get your knickers in a bunch. NO one said anything negative about this being a “British list” just that it was. Personally I find it interesting to learn what some US based companies name their products “across the pond” like Frito Lay’s brand name in the UK is Walker’s and Budweiser is called “Oh God what the hell is this cold foamy piss water?”

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