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There are some websites that have fictious stories about the origins of some terms. Perhaps originally written for fun, they turn up in many articles and appear to be genuine. I had added and then reverted some of these from this page myself. I'm reproducing the list here so they don't get into the page again. Jay 16:26, 20 Feb 2004 (UTC)
I don't believe that pseudo-eponyms like the "Winchester" belong here. in that case its a gun manufactured by Winchester, rather than named after an inventor. The text for the Winchester notes that repeating rifles had already been invented so it isn't necessarily the first either. GraemeLeggett 08:52, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
An "invention" is not a legal term, but in everyday life it is generally used to describe an idea of a certain inventive merit, which the creation of the Barbie doll hardly displays. The listing in question has therefore been moved to the commentary page:
Not the Johnson bar, but the heavy lever-dolly used by riggers. I found a reference suggesting it is (was?) used for pulling up railroad spikes as well. So it could have old roots in railroading. It sure seems like it is named for someone, but I do not know whom. AJim 03:10, 29 April 2006 (UTC)