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GIRLS: The all-girl pop band, starring the likes of Geri Halliwell, was first formed in 1994 under the name Tonic.

VOLLEYBALL: Invented by American PE teacher William G. Morgan in 1895 as Mintonette, it was later changed when an observer noticed how the ball volleyed over the net.

TABLE TENNIS: The sport, also known as whiff waff and ping pong, was originally launched in 1891 by British firm Jaques of London under the name Gossima.

CROQUET: Before this name was first used for the game in 1856, it was known as pall-mall, originally from the Latin words for ball and mallet.

FRISBEE: In the 1950s American Fred Morrison at first called his flying disc the Pluto Platter after the UFO craze.

JAMES BOND: In author Ian Fleming’s original draft for debut 007 novel, Casino Royale, his spy was called James Secretan.

MICKEY MOUSE: The loveable cartoon character was called Mortimer Mouse, until Walt Disney’s wife Lilly said she thought the name too pompous.

CORONATION STREET: When Tony Warren devised the TV soap opera in 1960 it was to be launched as Florizel Street until a studio cleaner said it sounded like a disinfecta­nt.

GOOGLE: When Americans Larry Page and Sergey Brin first came up with their search engine they called it BackRub, as it checked backlinks to work out the importance of a website.

CLUEDO: The popular crime board game was patented in 1944 as simply Murder! by its British designer Anthony E.Pratt.

NISSAN: The Japanese car brand was known as Datsun in Britain after the word “dat” for lightning fast until a multi-million rebrand in the 1980s.

DRACULA: Bram Stoker’s famous horror novel was called The Dead Un-Dead until it was changed just before publicatio­n in 1897.

NIKE: The footwear brand was started in the US in 1964 as Blue Ribbon Sports until that was swapped for the name of the Greek goddess of victory in 1971.

PEPSI: Launched in 1893 as Brad’s Drink, US inventor Caleb

Bradham rebranded his fizz as PepsiCola five years later as he believed it relieved dyspepsia, or indigestio­n.

SNICKERS: Until 1990 the chocolate bar was called Marathon in the UK until being changed to conform to its name abroad.

VASELINE: The skin product was initially launched by American Robert Chesebroug­h as Wonder Jelly in 1870.

BIG MAC: The iconic burger, created by Jim Delligatti in 1967, wasn’t a hit under the name Aristocrat until a 21-year-old secretary at McDonald’s crowned it a Big Mac.

THE FULL MONTY: The smash 1997 movie about stripping steel workers, was originally titled Eggs, Beans and Chippendal­es.

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