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DailyFinance: Pop Quiz—Do You Know the Weird History of These Companies' Names?

5 The Name 3M Comes from the Acronym of the Company's Original Name. What Was It?

Answer: A, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing

The company was founded in 1902 to mine mineral deposits in Two Harbors, Minn. But according to the company's website, the deposits "proved to be of little value," so the company moved to nearby Duluth to make sandpaper. As it diversified, the company became widely known as 3M, though it didn't get around to officially changing the name until 2002.

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