Worse Corporate Name Changes

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  1. OmegaScourge

    OmegaScourge Custom Made TFW2005 Supporter

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    These are off Time's 10 Worse Corporate Name Changes
    ok, stupid that they added RadioShack in there when they only call themselves that (thus this isnt a corporate name change). If they do, the should add Pizza Hut to it too.

    WWE had to change its name, and WWE isnt that bad (i dont like the WW logo though, should of made one with WWE in it)

    Spike TV is way better than TNN.

    some i didnt even know got changed like Philip Morris Co. Inc. and the Sears Tower



    What names do you think should of been on the list. Mines is WaMu, sound so stupid, should of kept it Washington Mutual (worse was that some stores had the WaMu sign while others still had the original)...luckly, there's no WaMu anymore.
     
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    McDonalds in the UK have toyed with the idea of dropping the name McDonalds and just having the Golden arches instead...
     
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    I dunno, the change to Xe wasn't that bad, at least now they sound less evil, especially given their reputation in the areas of the world they work in.

    As for other stupid name changes, in Canada the Bank of Montreal changed their name to BMO (to the point they've called it Beemo in a few commercials, if I recall correctly). I don't know why, for the life of me, given that I didn't think they were in any particular financial distress.
     
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    The only one that upset me was Enron->Forcefully Closed. What an awful name for a mega-corporation!
     
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    The reasons for most of the name changes on there make sense, even if the new name chosen isn't that great. I don't think "The Shack" should be on there, since it's not an official name change, just a new "hip" marketing thing. Beyond that, I think it's premature to conclude that something which started yesterday is one of the 10 worst ever. I also wouldn't put ValuJet -> AirTran on there, since the name AirTran was already being used by the other company involved in the merger with ValuJet. And the Sears Tower thing doesn't fit with the rest of the list because it's a company changing the name of something else, rather than a company changing it's own name. If we're going to include that on the list, it should also include the names of some sports and entertainment venues that have been changed when a new sponsor came along.

    A general nomination I'd make for a list like this would be any company that starts commonly referring to itself with an abbreviation, initials or an acronym, even if it's not an official name change. Especially if the reason is because they're trying to conceal part of the full name; ie - "KFC" instead of "Kentucky Fried Chicken", to distance the restaurant chain from an unhealthy image.
     
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    I still find the Sci-Fi to Sy Fy change very idiotic but then again so is practically everything on that channel
     
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    Diebold to Premier Election Solutions has to be on there somewhere.
     
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    Of that list "SyFy" is the worst name. That is just stupid.
     
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    SyFy
     
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    MTV. though it is programming that changed, the network name is all wrong.
    MuchMusic to FUSE. ????
    KFC. even the new "Un-Think" commercials are driving me nuts.

    OH, all the name changes in sports. Period.
    Winston Cup to Nextel Cup
    The yearly Bowl game name changes. I'd hate to be a player whose team wins the Chick Fil-A Cotton Bowl one year and the next someone wins the Hooter's Cotton Bowl the next.
    corporate name changes are annoying when they accomplish nothing.
     
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    The worst one I can think of is when RTO - Rent To Own changed it's name to Central Rental And Purchase....which spells CRAP!

    I'm all for truth in advertising...but you'd think SOMEONE in the meeting would have caught that!
     
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    Have some of you heard that Pizza Hut is going to change their name to just "The Hut"?
     
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    Why is SyFy so bad again?
     
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    Thats the one I was going to mention! However, who eats at chain pizza places anymore, mom and pop is the way to go!:thumb 
     
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    Yeah.

    Strangely, it doesn't seem to be changing to "The Hut" over here.
     
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    supposedly some will go to that name while others will keep the Pizza Hut name...just like the Washington Mutual/WaMu ones.
     
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    SyFy is the worst, IMO.
     
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    I remember when Nissan used to be Datsun. I liked the old name better at the time, since then I've gotten used to it...considering the only Datsuns I ever see anymore are old, shitty pick-ups.
     
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    Prince -> Symbol -> 'The Artist Formerly Known as Prince -> The Artist -> Prince.

    I'd say his musical identity constitutes a corporation.
     
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    Sean Combs -> Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs -> Puff Daddy -> Sean "Puffy" Combs -> P. Diddy -> Diddy

    Did I get that one right? Did I miss any there?
     

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