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We all love a sugar-filled Starbucks every now and again, and can probably name everything on the menu at this stage.

However, the thing we didn't know was where the name Starbucks originated from.

It's actually quite an unusual story, and came from the book Moby Dick.


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According to former Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz, who has just written a book Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, the name derives from the Herman Melville novel.

The founders of the chain, Gordon Bowker, a writer and Zev Siegl, a history teacher, loved the book so much, they first planned on calling the coffee shop after the ship in the book, Pequod.

When that didn't stick, Gordon's creative director, Terry Heckler, decided to go ahead and change the name to Starbucks, after the first mate in the book called Starbuck.


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In an interview in 2008, Gordon said that Terry loved names that began with 'St.' and after they found something on a mysterious map, the name was set in stone.

"Somebody somehow came up with an old mining map of the Cascades and Mount Rainier, and there was an old mining town called Starbo.

"As soon as I saw Starbo, I, of course, jumped to Pequod’s first mate [named Starbuck] in Moby Dick."

And now all we can think of is getting a Caramel Macchiato…


Many actors have been known to change their entire body for a movie role – we're looking at you, Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey – but this has to be the most extreme transformation we've seen yet.

Chris is the main star in Ron Howard's upcoming film In the Heart of the Sea, based on a true story that inspired Herman Melville's classic, Moby Dick

The 32-year-old plays a sailor who gets shipwrecked for almost three months after a whale hits his ship… and as you can see Chris had to change his body for the role, a lot

On Saturday the actor shared a photo on Instagram of what he looked like when he was filming the movie.


Just tried a new diet/training program called "Lost At Sea". Wouldn't recommend it.. #IntheHeartoftheSea

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"Just tried a new diet/training program called 'Lost At Sea'," Chris said, joking about his weight loss. "Wouldn't recommend it."

Don't ever say Chris doesn't commit to his roles!