I first learned of Cassius Clay from Rand Paul's first speech in the Senate in 2011. Regardless of what you think of Rand Paul and his policies, it actually rhetorically is a very good speech, in that he notes that the Class 3 Senatorial Seat for Kentucky that he had been elected to had previously been occupied by Henry Clay, and that people had been telling him that they hoped he would take a page from the American Statesman who was known as the "Great Compromiser" and learned to adopt a more pragmatic attitude.People really oughta know more about Cassius Clay.
He was named directly for Giuseppe Garibaldi, because he heads the B5 guard force and Garibaldi was the leader of the Redshirts.I can vaguely remember having heard of Garibaldi biscuits before. Frankly, I was expecting @Thande to go directly down the Babylon 5 path with Garibaldi, where, ironically, when I started watching it with the @Ares96 I was continuously thinking that it was kind of weird having this character on a space station in the future in a science fiction world be named Garibaldi, when the name in my mind is so much associated with this bearded, romantic 19th Italian revolutionary and adventurer.
Yes, I should say I didn't get that reference until you explained it.He was named directly for Giuseppe Garibaldi, because he heads the B5 guard force and Garibaldi was the leader of the Redshirts.
EDIT: Well, that should teach me to read the article before making the obvious comment.
That's an almost too-good parallel. I imagine Belgium may be the same with respect to Lady Godiva.I didn't know about the Garibaldi biscuits, but here on the continent we have Leonidas chocolates, and when you grow up on them it takes away a lot of the gravitas of the Battle of Thermopylae.
In some parts of the US they probably think first of the towns named after him, too.Likewise, in China, if you mention Lafayette (or 老佛爷 "Old Grandad Buddha" as his name is transliterated), people will assume you mean the department store rather than the general.
Fictional case, but I imagine most people can't take the MiG-31 Firefox seriously anymore given the browser.I have a weird personal version of this that involves military aircraft. I can't think of the American football positions "Fullback" and "Flanker" (an old name for a wide receiver) without thinking of the reporting names for the Su-34 and Su-27.
'Never as widely adopted as its manufacturers hoped, the design was nonetheless known for rarely crashing. Its many design innovations were copied by market rivals, and increasingly it relies on specific geographical markets. It remains widely used in Russia and the Middle East, and its designers hope that continued upgrades will keep it relevant into the coming decades.'Fictional case, but I imagine most people can't take the MiG-31 Firefox seriously anymore given the browser.
In some regions, I imagine it’s certainly possible, but I think you underestimate the Marquis de Lafayette’s position in the American pantheon of Founding Fathers. He’s considered a relatively minor one, nowadays, but he’s still there. The reason why everything’s named after him is in part because there was a time, in part when we identified much more closely with the early phases of the French Revolution, in another part when we identified him as The Son George Washington Never Had (a perspective helped by, er, Washington saying so himself) we considered him one of the most important.In some parts of the US they probably think first of the towns named after him, too.
Then there's reading about the Crusades and the siege of Jaffa.I think I learned of both the existence of both Garibaldi the man and the biscuits at exactly the same time; a friend doing A-Level history at the time made the obvious joke, which fell rather flat for this reason.
Now Bourbon biscuits while reading Henry V in year 8 on the other hand.
(Also the town of Nice).
He also managed to sleep with just about everyone else's wife along the way - basically nobody in the 1830s would believe that the tea was the one thing people would remember about him.There’s also the example of Earl Grey, who as PM reformed the British constitution and brought Britain along the road to democracy, as well as abolishing slavery. Yet, ask anyone apart from a history buff today and they’ll point to the tea.