17 Things You Don’t Know Their Original Purpose

How would you feel if someday you invented something extraordinary, but then someone came around and like, ‘Oh, that would make a good coat hanger!’ and everyone used it like that ever since? Believe it or not, it appears something like that happened regularly in the past, and probably still does!

Did you know, for example, that one of the biggest social networks today didn’t aim that high at the beginning? In 2004, it had strictly limited membership to students of Harvard, but pretty soon it became so popular that it was expanded to all the colleges of the Ivy League. After that, it was just a matter of time and lots of funds for Facebook to become what it is now...

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Bubble wrap 0:27
The smallest pocket of your jeans 0:56
Play-doh 1:19
Post-it notes 1:51
High heels 2:20
Microwave oven 2:48
Facebook 3:10
Teflon pans 3:35
Slinky 4:06
Treadmill 4:30
Tea 4:53
Chewing gum 5:22
A pacemaker 5:53
Braille 6:22
Artificial sweetener 6:47
Neckties 7:15
Mouthwash 7:40
Cell phones 8:00

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- At the time when jeans were just invented people used small metal watches on a chain. The tiny pocket was perfect to fit one right there.
- A long time ago, fireplaces were used to heat homes, and wallpapers in rooms inevitably turned into a mess from a layer of soot. The play-doh’s ancestor was invented to remove this soot with no harm to wallpapers.
- High heels were even originally made for men to wear while riding a horse.
- There was absolutely no intent to make a microwave at all. It happened by accident when a group of scientists were testing radar equipment.
- In 1938, when Teflon was first introduced, nobody even thought of marrying it with kitchenware. The initial research was aimed at producing a new kind of gas for fridges.
- The first wave of tea’s popularity wasn’t about having a cozy time on a cold winter day. It was supposed to be a medicine.
- People were known to chew on bark or dry natural resin for thousands of years, but the first time the modern chewing gum was produced, it was as part of continuous efforts to produce a new kind of rubber.
- Braille system was initially used as a means of coding short messages to secure secret information.
- One thing ties have always been is classy. But when they first appeared, they were a part of military uniform and not to help in looking more presentable at a job interview.
- It took half a century for cell phones to get where they are now. The first cell phones were made to use in a car to talk while driving.

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