10 everyday things that were originally invented for a different purpose
Some ordinary objects we often see and use made surprising journeys before becoming what we're used to today. Find out what pillows, t-shirts, Play-Doh and other popular things were originally invented for.
#1 PILLOWS: 9,000 years ago, they were used to protect sleeping people's noses, mouthes and eyes from bugs
#2 COCA-COLA: American pharmacist John Pemberton invented this beverage based on cola nut and coca plant as a cure for morphine addiction
#3 HIGH HEELS: Persian cavalry soldiers of the 16th century wore shoes with high heels to safely stand up on their stirrups and use the bow while riding a horse
#4 T-SHIRTS: first t-shirts invented in the late 19th century were used by soldiers only as undershirts. It was only by the 1950s that they became a fashionable item worn in everyday life
#5 LISTERINE was first invented as a surgical disinfectant, but later Johnson & Johnson started advertising it as an oral antiseptic and a perfect remedy for bad breath
#6 BUBBLE WRAP: in 1957, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes tried to create unusual three-dimensional plastic wallpaper, but the result was a total failure. Later they came up with the idea that their creation could be used as a packing material
#7 PLAY-DOH was meant to become a product that could clean coal residue from wallpaper
#8 WD-40 was meant to be used to protect the outer skin of ballistic missiles from rust and corrosion, but later it was found to have numerous household uses
#9 THE SLINKY was developed as a spring that could keep sensitive equipment on ships steady at sea, but after accidentally knocking it off a shelf, Richard James and his wife developed it into a new toy
#10 KLEENEX was originally sold as a towel for applying cosmetic cold creme
Did any of these stories surprise you? Would you add any everyday objects to this list?
We are waiting for your comments!
SHARE this article with your friends to surprise them.
While adults are stuck in conflicts and do not care about our future, these amazing children focus on changing the world for the better. Find out what they have already done!
10 weirdest hobbies of the US Presidents
The list of the presidential predilections is surprising: here are 10 most curious and astonishing hobbies of the Presidents of the United States, from George Washington’s out-of-town manufacture to Barack Obama’s nerd collection.
The classic age of Hollywood movies was full of extraordinary events – this period changed the world of cinema forever. Here are some of the craziest facts about Old Hollywood celebs, their personal lives and movies.
15 English words that mean completely different things in the USA and Great Britain
Even if you are a native speaker of English, the way your language is used in different parts of the world may surprise you. The differences between UK and US English are a perfect example, and here are some everyday words that have completely different meanings in the two countries.
Their movies changed the life of an entire generation. They made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. Legendary actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood made history, and here are some of their most brilliant quotes.