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The Surprising Real Names of 20 Famous Celebrities

Ever wondered how celebs choose their Hollywood names? Here are their stories.

Mich Escultura





Celebrities have interesting names. Some are catchy and unique, while some just roll off the tongue so easily. Some of you may be wondering what some celebrities’ real names are and the story behind their Hollywood name, so we’ve compiled a comprehensive list for you!

Amanda Lee Rogers – Portia de Rossi

The name Portia is from a character in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” And according to Portia, “De Rossi because I was Australian and I thought that an exotic Italian name would somehow suit me more than Amanda Rogers.”

Adam Speigel – Spike Jonze

The critically acclaimed “Her” director got the name Spike from when he’d come to work without showering, so his hair would stick straight up.

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey – Tina Fey

MC Tina Fey
Tina is just a shortened version of her middle name.

Mark Sinclair Vincent – Vin Diesel

Vin is short for Vincent, and Diesel came from his friends telling him he ran on diesel fuel because of his energy.

Caryn Elaine Johnson – Whoppi Goldberg

Her theater friends over at San Diego noticed that Whoopi had a bit of a flatulence problem, and began calling her Whoopi. The name “Goldberg” is taken from her mother’s advice to pick a “Jewish-sounding” name to help advance her Hollywood career.

Alicia Augello Cook – Alicia Keys

Alicia felt that the name “Keys” better represented her both as a performer and as a person.

Angelina Voight – Angelina Jolie

Due to her dysfunctional relationship with her father, John Voight, Angelina chose to go with her middle name for her surname.

Krishna Pandit Bhanji – Ben Kingsley

Sir Ben Kingsley said that such a foreign sounding name might hurt his career.

Paul David Hewson – Bono

The U2 vocalist says Bono is a shortened version of “Bono Vox” meaning “good voice” in Latin.

Peter Gene Hernandez – Bruno Mars

Bruno was a nickname his dad gave him when he was younger after wrestler Bruno Sammartino. He added the “surname” Mars to give him an edge, as in he’s “out of this world.”

Demetria Gene Guynes – Demi Moore

She decided to keep her ex-husband Freddy Moore’s name even after their divorce in 1984.

Stacy Ann Ferguson – Fergie

With bandmates named, and Taboo, Stacy had to come up with a catchier name.

Eric Marlon Bishop – Jamie Foxx

He says he chose an androgynous name because he noticed that female comedians were picked more often than men to perform at comedy clubs.

Kathryn Hudson – Katy Perry

Katy used to produce Christian music under the name Kathryn Hudson. But she decided to stick with Katy, plus her mother’s maiden name, Perry, to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga states that she changed her name because Stefani is “a perpetually tortured artist” that she can’t be in public. Lady Gaga definitely suits her public image!

Louis Szekely – Louis C.K.

His Hungarian surname is pronounce SEK-kay, but he decided to change it to one that’s easier to pronounce: SEE-kay.

Christopher Brian Bridges – Ludacris

Ludacris is a nickname he made up to show that one side of him is calm and cool, while the other is beyond crazy.

Maurice Joseph Micklewhite – Michael Caine

Michael Caine explains that he was inspired by Humphrey Bogart’s character in “The Caine to Mutiny.”

Michael John Douglas – Michael Keaton

He didn’t want to be confused with actor Michael Douglas, and he liked the sound of Diane Keaton’s name.

Destiny Hope Cyrus – Miley Cyrus

Her dad nicknamed her “Smiley” to march her cheerfulness, and over the years it was shortened to just Miley.

Do you know of other celebrities who chose to change their birth name for Hollywood? Share your knowledge with us in the comments below!


Video Showing Triple Spiral Dominoes Is Just Satisfying To Watch

This is probably the most satisfying thing I’ve watched on the internet lately.

Mark Andrew



If you are a fan of dominoes – or of mesmerizing things, in general – then you will probably enjoy watching this cool video below.

Uploaded on YouTube by Hevesh5, this stunning video features her amazing skill of putting 15,000 dominoes (in perfect alignment, no less) and then toppling them off for an impressively beautiful show she calls the “Triple Spiral Dominoes.”

According to Hevesh5, she spent 25 hours spread over 8 days to build the massive structure.

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This Duo Designed a Toy to Satisfy All Your Fidgeting Urges

Check out this toy that lets you fidget in the most discreet and satisfying way possible!

Mich Escultura



Are you a fidgeter?


Whenever you're nervous during, say, a first date, an interview, or just about any social interaction, do you tend to fidget? Perhaps even if you're not nervous, you prefer to tinker with something to be able to focus better? Maybe you're just bored and looking for something to do to keep you awake? Does this lead you to play with your hair or twiddle your thumbs or tap on your desk? If you do, then you'll love this nifty little cube!

Meet the Fidget Cube!


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In Japan, There’s a Show Called “Do Not Swallow” And It Sounds Oddly Interesting

Oh, Japan! Are you thinking what I’m thinking?




Ah, Japan! Land of weird and wonderful stuff! Well, what may be weird to us is normal to the Japanese, so that's why their pop culture is a gift that keeps on giving for us who are looking for things that seem strange and unusual.

Now for those who basically live on the internet, it's no secret that Japanese TV shows are very interesting... and that's putting it mildly. I mean, they feature stuff that may not exactly fly on local TV anywhere else in the world. This show right here is an excellent example. It's called "Do Not Swallow" and from the name, you will have a pretty good idea what's in store for the audience.


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