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
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