8. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

Where did Chicagoan L. Frank Baum come up with the name of the magical land in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"? Baum said he was looking at his alphabetically arranged file cabinets and was inspired by the one labeled "O-Z." But there are other theories, according to the debunking Web site snopes.com. Perhaps it's a tribute to Percy Shelley's poem "Ozymandias." Or it's a nod to the Land of Uz in the Bible's book of Job. Or it's related to Charles Dickens' pseudonym "Boz." Or it's a letter-shifting code for Baum's native state of New York in which N has moved up one place in the alphabet to become O, and Y has done the same to become Z.
CLIFF SCHIAPPA, Associated Press
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