The bazooka anti-tank weapon is named after a its resemblance to a novelty musical instrument created by a radio comedian of the 1930s called Bob Burns. After firing the weapon during testing a General commented: “It sure looks like Bob Burns’ bazooka”, and the weapon gained its WWII nickname.
The bazooka was a brass musical instrument created by Comedian Bob Burns. It was several feet in length and incorporated telescopic tubing like the trombone. The military borrowed the nickname for its anti-tank weapon during World War II due to its vague resemblance to the musical instrument.