Top 10 Things with the Most Misleading Names

There are several lists about different kinds of things that have misleading names animals, music artists movies etc. However I realized that there was no list of things in general that had misleading names. So yes anything goes here animals, places music as long as you can explain why the name is misleading it can go on here.
The Top Ten
1 The United States of America

I find it funny because people from the US refer to themselves as "Americans" when the USA is the United States IN North America (or just the Americas).

Eh, I would say we are united most of the time. Just because we have political disagreements does not mean we hate each other, well some do.

Because we're not united at all.

2 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. more.

In case anyone doesn't get what Powell means, "grande" is Spanish for big, which is... ironic in this case.

I kind of put her on as a joke but "Grande" is an ironic name for someone so short.

Grande means big in Spanish which is ironic because she is very small.

3 Koala Bears

To be honest I was kind of running out of ideas here but did not want to steal from another list. Admittedly this is not always what they are called but still I have heard some children have thought that they are bears when in fact even we are more closely related to bears than they are

4 French Fries French fries are served hot, either soft or crispy, and are generally eaten as part of lunch or dinner or by themselves as a snack, and they commonly appear on the menus of fast food restaurants. Fries in America are generally salted and are often served with ketchup; in many countries they are topped more.

They're from Belgium, not France.

Still delicious though!

5 American Football
6 The Western World

The term western world was conceived when the Soviets and the U.S. were fighting over power. The countries that supported the U.S. were classified as the Western World, even if they weren't from the western hemisphere.

Many of the countries that are considered Western countries are not geographically in the Western part of the world my country is about as far East as you can get but is still called a Western country.

7 Public Schools in England

These are actually schools that you have to pay to go to or what the rest of the world would call private schools.

Oof that sucks.

8 Victoria's Secret

The brand and associated show are extremely well known.

9 TheTopTens

You can add lists and remixes with fewer or more than ten items so what is actually significant about the number 10 on this website.

10 The American Midwest

This would seem to imply the middle of the Western United states when this region is actually mid way between East and West and primarily in the more Northern part of the country.

The Newcomers

? W (Double-u)
? Survivor Survivor is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978 by Jim Peterik. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, garnering many charting singles, especially in the United States.

Most of the members are dead, not to mention they didn't survive the test of time.

The Contenders
11 Mark Cuban
12 Fish

This may not make sense at first. Here is why it is misleading it implies that fish are an actual defined category. In actual fact fish are several groups of animals and some of these are actually more closely related to land dwelling vertebrates than they are to other fish.

13 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So many of the artists included are not rock and roll be it soul, hip hop, pop or anything else it would make more sense if it was called the music hall of fame or maybe the modern (as opposed to classical) music hall of fame.

14 Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Performance

This is somewhat subjective but it would seem to imply that vocals are the only factor considered in reality the winners make much more sense if it is considered to be the best song or album in general (of course that still does not mean that they always get it right).

15 90 Mile Beach in New Zealand

Can't believe I forgot it this beach is only 55 miles long.

16 Greenland Greenland is an autonomous country within the Danish Realm, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

I have heard it was actually misleading on purpose because they wanted people to go there.

Greenland is very icy.

17 Keith Urban Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand born Australian country musician. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year.

A country singer.

18 The Justice Department
19 Public Housing

It's not like I can just waltz in and claim all the units for myself. And it's sometimes called "projects" even after they're done being built.

20 Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

Same idea as Greenland

Iceland is very green.

21 Hundred Years' War

It has actually lasted 116 years. Similarly, the so-called 100-member gypsy orchestra in my country has about 150 members

Lasted over a hundred years.

22 Frank Beard

The visual says otherwise, but if this is the same "Frank Beard" from ZZ Top, he's usually clean-shaven.

Funny thing is, the other two guys from the band have pretty big beards.

23 Screaming Goats - Cotton & Gin Screaming Goats - Cotton & Gin Cover Art
24 Nine Track Mind - Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind - Charlie Puth Product Image

This album has 12 tracks.

25 Guinea Pig
8Load More
PSearch List