20 Weird Fandom Names EXPLAINED
Jimmy Buffet, best known today as the guy that gave us “Margaritaville,” inspired his fanbase’s name in 1985 at a Cincinnati concert. Jimmy noticed that most of his fans were wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats (which really is just a hat that looks like a parrot) and that there were a lot of returning fans. Taking cues from The Grateful Dead‘s deadheads, a member of Jimmy’s touring band, Coral Reefer Band, began describing the fans as Parrot Heads. Younger fans or kids of Parrot Heads are called Parakeets, even though that’s not ornithologically correct.