Trivia

Hard

Mr. Clean’s First Name Is?

Ultra
Veritably
Frank
Super
Product logo depicting Mr. Clean.
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G)

Answer: Veritably

When you’re an advertising icon as long-standing and well-identified as Mr. Clean is, you don’t even need a first name, but nonetheless, Mr. Clean has one. If you plan on addressing the ever-smiling muscular mascot of Procter & Gamble’s long-running cleaning solution line, you can call him Mr. Veritably Clean.

Not James, Michael, Robert, or any of the other names popular when Mr. Clean was created—no, just Veritably. Why such an interesting first name? In 1962, Procter & Gamble ran an advertising campaign inviting women across America to name Mr. Clean. The prize wasn’t just being the woman who named Mr. Clean, but a completely furnished house or the equivalent cash value thereof. It was a popular contest, as you’d imagine, and out of all the entries (perhaps in a desire to not associate the mascot with specific persons), they selected Veritably as Mr. Clean’s official first name.

While we’re sharing Mr. Clean trivia, why stop with his lesser-known first name; let’s clear up a common misconception while we’re at it. Many people see Mr. Clean’s clean-shaven head and earring and assume his character is some sort of cleaning genie, but he was actually modeled after a U.S. Navy sailor. Although the decision to model him after a sailor was made by an advertising firm, it’s rather fitting given the origin of the product itself.

Mr. Clean was invented by Linwood Burton, a businessman who owned a ship cleaning business, as a less caustic and dangerous alternative to ship cleaning abrasives and solvents of the day. The improved cleaner, which would go on to become Mr. Clean, cleaned the ships effectively, but with less risk of burns for his workers. He sold the product to Procter & Gamble in 1958.

Trivia

Hard

The Belief Electric Fans Cause “Fan Death” Is A Persistent Urban Legend In?

Trivia

Hard

Which Video Game Had The Most Expensive Production Budget?

Trivia

Hard

The Only Snake That Builds A Nest For Its Eggs Is The?

Trivia

Hard

In Bangok There Is An Abandoned Mall Filled With?

Trivia

Easy

What Was Sally Ride Referencing When She Called The Shuttle Launch An “E Ticket” Ride?

Trivia

Hard

What Is The Tallest Structure In The United States?

Trivia

Hard

Which U.S. President Worked At His Own Presidential Library?

Trivia

Easy

Which Intergalatic Race Serves As Doctor Who’s Archnemeses?

Trivia

Easy

Russia’s Secret Cold War Maps Of What Are Now Preferred To Official Maps?

Trivia

Easy

Which Hollywood Action Hero Is A Lifelong Dungeons & Dragons Geek?