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Check out our New Biography Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/biographics A trademark usually presents itself in the form of a name, a logo, a design, or a phrase, with the purpose of distinguishing one manufacturer’s products from another. Sometimes, however, when business is really good for a particular brand, or it has a head start over the competition, then that particular brand might just become a proprietary eponym, or generic trademark. This means that if a product develops a substantial market share over the other manufacturers, or it becomes well ingrained into the public consciousness, then its brand could replace the name for the entire industry. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 CRAZY Marketing Decisions by COCA-COLA https://youtu.be/W_QE05iD2h8?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJ9wKIVrfv-6wzyiyPn7GfA Top 10 Coca-Cola Myths... That Turned Out To Be TRUE https://youtu.be/TXl5l0fLXwE?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJ9wKIVrfv-6wzyiyPn7GfA Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-generic-product-names-didnt-realize-trademarks.php Coming up: 10. Dry Ice 9. Band-Aid 8. Frisbee 7. Velcro 6. Aspirin 5. Jet Ski 4. Bubble Wrap 3. Dumpster 2. Mace 1. Heroin Source/Further reading: http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/science-questions/question264.htm https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-the-band-aid-1991345 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/toy-company-wham-o-produces-first-frisbees http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Carbon_Creek_(episode) https://www.biography.com/people/george-de-mestral-9271201 http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Ebers_Papyrus https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-the-jet-ski-1991670 http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-strange-history-of-bubble-wrap-and-why-its-changing-1715657271 http://www.massrlcs.org/history-of-the-dumpster/ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-history-mace-designed-29-year-old-and-reinvented-police-weapon-180953239/ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/08/heroin-use-overdose-deaths-us-prescription-opioids https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/02/heroin-addictions-fraught-history/284001/ https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2012/04/24/12/11/trademark-39682_960_720.png https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2017/01/18/08/15/business-1989130_960_720.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/Xerox_Phaser_8500.jpg/1280px-Xerox_Phaser_8500.jpg https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2013/01/29/01/02/google-76522_960_720.png https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/Pampers_Swaddlers_Size_2_%282508683392%29.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Tupperware_in_Design_museum_Gent.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/51/Dry_Ice_Sublimation_2.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/83/A_cocktail_with_liquid_nitrogen_at_Wikimania_2016.jpg https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3014/2988161958_0fc4336190_b.jpg https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7741/17490553041_b929b89db0_b.jpg
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fun in the sun (10 days ago)
Davenport = couch 😁
Trivia Shiraz (24 days ago)
I did a trivia on this subject years ago. So, no offense, I knew all of these. The one I discovered that surprised me the most was "Seeing Eye dog". If dogs aren't trained at the company's training places, they're merely helper or guide dogs. Interesting.
gingataisen (1 month ago)
Miss Amanda's world (1 month ago)
I'm suprised Kleenex isn't on the list
Rich Sackett (1 month ago)
Bohm - Bahr - Dee - Ay
flatball bill (1 month ago)
Freon is actually just a brand of refrigerants
The Jetski is just kinda called "the water motorbike" in my language, and, i mean, it's kinda what it is.
truth Savage (1 month ago)
Geeez how many channels do does Simon host? This is like the 45h channel back to back I've clicked and had Simon pop up as the host.. Lol..
kernowarty (1 month ago)
AFter watching several of these I have realised they are aimed at North Americans exclusively. So why have an English guy introduce them? And - he uses Americanisms not English coloquialisms.
timothy lanzo (1 month ago)
Jet Ski!!!
Devils1674 (1 month ago)
Sea-Doo has taken over from Jet-Ski as the generic term for a PWC. Around here it has at least Skidoo is also the generic term people use for snowmobiles but that is a brand name as well
Yuppster (1 month ago)
Dude, you're from the UK...and EVERYONE over here calls a vacuum a "Hoover". The act of using it is even called "Hoovering". Hoover is both a brand name and the name of a fairly well-known US President. 😉
kingpest13 (1 month ago)
Creates 5 fold increase in heroin use- sells the "cure"
Anyone else remember seeing frisbee pie tray in a 'Back to the future' film?? Marti uses it as a weapon!
Justin Time (1 month ago)
The Brits call dumpsters wheely-bins? Truly a depraved culture 😉
@Justin Time You mean the wheely-rubbishy engine bin?
Justin Time (1 month ago)
@Allied Atheist Alliance ok then what do they call the garbage truck... the rubbish lorry? Now I have to know
We also call shopping carts wheely-baskets, and we call automobiles wheely engine boxes.
Jaqui Greenlees (1 month ago)
Did you know pepper spray can be a lethal weapon? An old co-worker of mine is severely allergic to the active ingredient ( as he is to all peppers ) and it's use on him could easily be fatal. I myself have developed 2 severe respiratory health issues, it's use near me takes away my ability to breathe. ( If you can't breathe you die ) I literally need to overdose on Ventolin in order to breathe after exposure. ( found that out when some twit sprayed it in the alley behind my residence. )
James Siebold (1 month ago)
7:17 looks like pubes.
Dave (1 month ago)
Fyi, the Bombardier snowmobile company (planes and trains too) is pronounced bom-bar-dee-ay, not bom-ba-deer. Same spelling though.
mrblowhard2u (1 month ago)
What does te chart at 19:05 have to do with the use of Heroin?
RubeeRoja (1 month ago)
Q tips, ziploc bags, Vaseline, Band-Aids, Tupperware ... I'll trying to think of more that I reference personally.
Smashing Pots (1 month ago)
Wow i never knew how interesting the history of frisbee was. Not very it turns out.
Guy Pehaim (1 month ago)
To turn it around, one trademark used today is really a kind of beer. The name budweiser is a kind of beer as is pilsner or ale.
Orpha Noctilusca (2 months ago)
Noooo noooo! Not that backstory music!!!!
Grizzly01 (2 months ago)
I'm a Brit, worked in the entertainment, theatre & broadcast industries for 30 years or so, and I have never, ever heard the name 'cardice'. It's always been 'dry ice'.
Am I the only one who's been able to pop "unpoppable" bubble wrap?
Lorraine Liggera (2 months ago)
VISE-GRIPS.....tm name for locking pliers
Eril Burgos (2 months ago)
Here in PR old folks call sneakers "champions"
kght222 (2 months ago)
most of these trademarks would fail if challenged. they just don't get challenged, because money.
Levi Dowhaniuk (2 months ago)
did you know, theres a brand of infant CPR dummies called "infantry" and they trademarked that. next soldier i meet who says theyre infanty im going to explain that to them... then prolly run XD
shoved to the right? (2 months ago)
Band aids or as we call them here plasters!
Jimbo Jones (2 months ago)
My old girlfriend became a midwife & she was recounting a time when they gave 'diamorphine' to a woman in labour & her junky boyfriend remarked how she seemed like she was totally strung out on Heroin! XD
ppleeatpple (2 months ago)
When mentioning how the use of heroin/ opioid use has skyrocketed, you show a graph of "incarcerated Americans as a percentile of population." It is really misleading because it isn't directly correlated to what you're stating. Was there a mixup in the editing process?
Anna Nicholson (2 months ago)
That's a Mcneilius truck with the dumpster. Mcneilius is just a couple towns over from me
Charles Oh (2 months ago)
I’m expecting Hoover
hetspook666 (2 months ago)
Zodiac is one for the list as well.
johnlocke868 (2 months ago)
"but it too failed to gain momentum" Simon would you say it was dead in the water? 😂
WerewolfLord (2 months ago)
Ummm... Bombardier is pronounced "Bombardier", not "Bomb a deer".
OrbitalBliss (2 months ago)
THAT is NOT how you pronounce the company name Bombardier. It's Bomb-Bar-Dee-Ay, it's french.
Doug Butcher (2 months ago)
Heart prevention drug 😂 I love your videos.
Augustus Wayne (2 months ago)
What the hell is "buy-yer" ???
annette fournier (2 months ago)
Wonder how many women he killed by giving them willow tea in labor and childbirth. So helpful to bleed to death giving birth or immediately post partum. 😎
Robert Byrd (2 months ago)
I don't get it Simon… you pronounced Bayer correctly (bay-yer) the first time you said it, but then started pronounced it "buy-yer" Other than that nick-picky little thing, another great video! Thank you Sirra!
Stephen Hill (2 months ago)
Carb Ice? Never ever heard of that name ever. It's called dry ice by everyone in Britain (unless it's a tech term used by those in the industry). Ordinary people call it dry ice.
Kathryn Ashworth (2 months ago)
Stephen Hill I’m guessing script
Stephen Hill (2 months ago)
@Kathryn Ashworth Is it Simon or the script? Someone doesn't seem to know much about Britain. Constant errors but I do like the videos.
Kathryn Ashworth (2 months ago)
Stephen Hill I was confused by that too
Studa Baker (2 months ago)
You can include Motrin, Tylenol, Kleenex, Q-Tip, Saran Wrap, Pop-Cicle to that list.
Doc Brown (2 months ago)
Bubblewrap works best as an insulator when 2 layers are put bubble to bubble together, staples and used to reduce heat loss at windows, since most types are clear you don't lose light but reduce your utility bill somewhat, colored vers allow for alt lighting and/or reduced light for ppl prone to light induced headaches, it does come in black for product privacy and to block UV but this serves well to block anyone from seeing any activity in a home. The silver backed stuff best for deflecting IR during summer. Not sure what the R factor is for it but it's just to augment primary insulation methods anyway. Depending on how well it's used some ppl have saved $$$$ during summer and winter w it.
Thinkbolt (2 months ago)
Full Madness Studio (2 months ago)
Irish people and the Hoover and Jeep companies need to change! It’s diving me up the Everest!
Daniel Sanders (2 months ago)
10:30 aspirin prevents you from having a heart
Berend Werkman (2 months ago)
where I live jetskies are called Sea-Doo
barkon (2 months ago)
Addition! "Mountain Bike" was trademarked by Gary Fisher for a few years
Drives The Car (2 months ago)
I think you missed the 3 more obvious and more common items entirely! Kleenex - facial tissues Jello - gelatin dessert And Kitty Litter - cat box filler And a special mention for, Hoovers - household vacuum cleaners and the act of using one in England!
Red Rooster (2 months ago)
All electric vehicles are Tesla 😂
John Barnes (2 months ago)
Q-tips,. Scotch tape
Benjamin Jasar (2 months ago)
you know the VW Caddy? in my country we call every vehicle,with similar shape and use,a Caddy
Cyberwizard Productions (3 months ago)
you said "cancer and heart prevention drug" um... I think you meant "heart attack" didn't you?
cabbievonbump (3 months ago)
"He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it." Sir, with all due respect, I must disagree. I believe those who do not learn from history would be lucky to repeat those mistakes, as they may do something worse.
Robert Willoughby (3 months ago)
I had a chat with De Mestral's son Justin once...(Probably my only claim to fame!)
HPFangirl71 卌 (3 months ago)
I thought I'd probably know all these but was pleasantly surprised by what I learned!!
AE Reilly (3 months ago)
Dave Williams (3 months ago)
I'm British and I have never heard solid Carbon Dioxide described as "Card Ice". Only ever as "dry ice".
ardopork kropodra (3 months ago)
does aspirin really do anything???? I've been taking it daily since I was 12 and all I got was an ulcer
Andrew (3 months ago)
You're a work of fiction
Tiger Style (3 months ago)
The most common local gas station/convenience store. Every place I've lived or stayed in long enough to get in tune with the way people talk has called EVERY gas station/convenience store by that name no matter what it actually is lol Idk if that's a thing everywhere or not. Back home it's "the bodega" and a name ain't a factor but everywhere else I've been I've noticed it. Also, nature has no "brilliant ingenuity". That's the characteristic of a mind. It just takes many paths, some random, some selected by environmental pressure, some due to bottlenecking of genetics or genetic lines being sperated. The successful changes survive, the unsuccessful die like the vast majority of everything that's ever existed. Just sayin ✌😂
Neofolis (4 months ago)
Maybe less so now, but vacuum cleaners were known as Hoovers for years. Also I've never heard anyone in the UK refer to Dry Ice as Card Ice/
wades623 (4 months ago)
crescent wrench
Sven van Leeuwen (4 months ago)
Tarmac. Post-it.
Josh Keating (4 months ago)
I worked at a store that gave out free dry ice to keep cool/cold grocery products from spoiling since people drove up about an hour to the store. In the summer 80-100 F heat is normal is the summer (about 25-35C) so this was needed. That said people doing it too much it was later limited from free dry ice would be handed out April to October. But you can buy it all year.
Max Waterman (4 months ago)
Why is the sound quality so poor? It's too deep, with too little mid and high. It sounds dull and is difficult to listen to.
ROBERT McMURTRY (4 months ago)
Looking in my garage, I see a bunch: *Skilsaw* 1924; *Crescent Wrench* 1915; *Phillips Screwdriver* 1936; *Sawzall* 1951
Rocketsong (4 months ago)
I have not heard anyone call a circular saw a Skillsaw in ages. Crescent and Sawzall are dead on though.
Kalandra86 (4 months ago)
Hoover / Vaccum
Isaac Roebuck (4 months ago)
I literally don't know a single person that refers to a photocopier as a "Xerox machine" it's always just "printer". Maybe its just a Michigan thing but it seems strange to me.
R Spandit (4 months ago)
In the U.K. we often refer to ATMs as "Cashpoints" whereas that's a trademark of Lloyds Banking.
R Spandit (4 months ago)
I'm British (and older than Simon) and I've never heard of "card ice"
Amir Abudubai (4 months ago)
Sawzall, basically every medicine, vice-grip, and super glue.
scarletharlot69 (4 months ago)
Star Trek fiction? surely not! haven't you seen an episode of Galaxy Quest?
MILDRED PIERCE (4 months ago)
With Simon's accent, I didn't catch on as to who owns the Frisbee name. The company is Mattel (pronounced Ma-tell. Simon pronounced it Mattle). The same company that makes Barbie.
Michael Ramsey (4 months ago)
No mention of Jell-o for flavored gelatin?
Ted R (4 months ago)
A "Crescent" wrench (trademarked), which is what most people in the US call it, is really an open-end adjustable wrench
zeruty (4 months ago)
No mention that Sea Doo was originally supposed to be Sea Dog
James Currie (5 months ago)
What about iPad?
James Currie (5 months ago)
What about Saran Wrap, Popsicle, Windex, and Ziploc?
Maxx B (5 months ago)
Which Brits know dry ice as Cardice? I've never heard that name before.
Arterexius Gaming (5 months ago)
Note: Unpopable bubble wrap is still popable. It just takes a bit more force. You basically have to trap more air in a few or a single container than the plastic can contain, thus forcing it to burst open. Proclaiming bubble wrap as unpopable is equal to proclaiming Titanic unsinkable.
jort93z (5 months ago)
Asperin is not (officially) generic is it? Are there any other brands calling their medication asprin? i sure haven't seen that here in europe. It is commonly used, but i don't think any other brands had the balls to try using that name yet.
Nick Jones (5 months ago)
I’m surprised “Rollerblade” didn’t make the list. Roller blade is the name of a company than manufactures inline skates, like Solomon, Razor, K2, etc..
Cellphone Dave (5 months ago)
Star trek, a work of fiction? Simon say it isn't so!
Thomas Bob (5 months ago)
Before I watch I hope frisbee is not on here because everyone knows that.
Randy Brandt (5 months ago)
Also pistol diesel and derringer with 2rs
David Hall (5 months ago)
Wow aspirin I thought it was old and not used anymore because so many reactions to it.
Robert Nickel (5 months ago)
Dry ice is also used to fit close mechanical tolerances, like jet engine hubs.
Buck Rogers (5 months ago)
I'd like a fact check to the claim that Star Trek is a work of fiction.
Alejandra y Alan Bowman (5 months ago)
But in 1922 Smith and Nephew in the UK were making and selling Elastoplast a superior adhesive dressing.
Chanchester (5 months ago)
I'm British and I've never heard of carbice in my life. I've heard of dry ice though.
SabeLoTodox3 (5 months ago)
We have so many of them in Germany! Pampers, Tempo, Zewa, Tesa, Tipp-Ex, Tetra Pak, Labello, Ohropax... I could name many more!
Lazy I Ranch (5 months ago)
One of my favorite episodes of Star Trek Enterprise is mentioned here! I still prefer to think that T'Pol is responsible for sharing Vulcan Velcro with Earthlings.
Bill Keck (5 months ago)
Marketing matters: Would you want your Mother, or Daughter, riding around on a 'Nautical Pleasure Cruiser'???!!!???
david bilia (5 months ago)
Vice grips and channel locks
TheHortond (5 months ago)
Do another gun facts video. I want to see if you get it right or get better at gun facts. Come to Colorado and I will teach you about guns and make sure you try the green corn before you leave. I don't partake, but some like it.
Losaiko Go Blue (5 months ago)
I was one of those Wham-O Frisbee Kids in the 1960s. My dog loved catching it in the air & jumping after it of a dock or boat into a creek.
Jennifer Decker (5 months ago)
Did you research show that Spock was not on "Enterprise?" (Sorry, Trekkie here)

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