We have long been accustomed to the fact that all things have their own purpose. But some of them had a different appearance to their usual form and were used for absolutely different purposes, rather than today. It is about such things that we will talk today!
Pharmacist John Pemberton, a veteran of the American Civil War, created a tincture on a stake nut and coca leaves. Then he recommended drinking it for the treatment of the nervous system to those military people who took drugs with morphine in the wounds. Later he managed to start the production of a non-alcoholic beverage. But after a while he sold the shares. The new owners began producing Coca-Cola with coca leaves that had been cleared of cocaine.
The Black Dress
Until the 1920s, women and men wore black outfits for expressing mourning. It was accepted to wear them for at least 2 years. But in 1926 Coco Chanel created in memory of her beloved famous black dress “Ford of Chanel”. First, the film stars, and then the whole world drew attention to it – the outfit became popular …
Japanese Daisuke Inoue, the drummer of a rock band, played into the cafes for visitors who wanted to sing during the break between performances. Once he could not come and gave his colleagues a cassette with the recording of his party. And in 1971 he came up with an apparatus that reproduced the music of the song without words. The musicians rested, and the audience sang with pleasure.
Initially, the substance was used to clean paper wallpapers in houses with fireplaces where soot accumulated on the walls. But soon there were vinyl wallpapers that were easily washed with a sponge, and the invention lost its value. However, the relative of the inventor, the kindergarten teacher, gave the material to the children for modeling. They were delighted! Later, the detergent was removed from the composition, a dye was added and named Play-doh.
The prototype of the treadmill was invented by William Cubitt in 1817 to correct the prisoners, and at the same time to grind the grain in the mill. They held on to the stick and climbed the blades, for which it was necessary to constantly raise their feet.
Sticky paper for notes
Spencer Silver created a persistent sticky substance. But – that’s bad luck – the glue came out weak, the items easily peeled off. Then his colleague Arthur Fry tried to put this substance on the tabs, always falling out of his prayer book. And after a while in the stores there was a sticky note paper, which is now used all over the world.
In Ancient Egypt, heels were a symbol of status for the nobility, who wore shoes with “supports” for religious rites. And it was worn by people of any gender. In addition, shoes with heels worn butchers, and the Persian riders heel helped maintain stability when shooting. In medieval Europe, the heel was the privilege of aristocrats, but after a while it became much more widespread. And in the XX century, the famous heel-stud was invented.
The famous film with “pimples” was invented by engineers Alfred Fielding and Mark Chavann in 1957. Initially, they created three-dimensional plastic wallpaper. And although the idea was not very successful, they found that the new material could be used as a package. And soon the patented Bubble Wrap became irreplaceable in different spheres.
Pillow for sleeping
In Mesopotamia, solid head restraints were used to protect against insects, tides of water, and preservation of hairstyles. And in ancient China, it was believed that soft pillows are not useful, and hard head restraints from bamboo, jade, porcelain, wood and bronze give strength and protect against demons. That’s how it is!
In the middle of the XIX century, workers of the oil industry constantly struggled with the wax substance, which accumulated in the pipes of pumps. English chemist Robert Chezbro took part of the “oil jelly”. After the research, he found out that he had many useful properties. Then Vaseline was used both for cleaning carpets, and for treating wounds, etc.
The walking spring of the “Slinky”
“Slinky” (a toy “Rainbow”) was created not for babies. Once the engineer Richard James worked with a device to compensate for the vibration of the instruments during a storm and accidentally dropped one spring that jumped fun on the floor. Soon, Slinky appeared on the shelves, and James Spring & Wire Company sold more than 300 million such toys since then. It’s amazing! Do you remember how I loved playing this in my childhood !?
The tea bag
In 1904, Thomas Sullivan, who traded tea in New York, decided to sell tea more effectively – in silk bags. And buyers in their own way took the know-how. They did not pour tea out of the pouches, but dropped them mistakenly into boiling water. As a result, sales skyrocketed, and the idea got its development.
The Johnson Brothers in 1879 created this antiseptic for processing surgical instruments. Yes, and he was named after the surgeon Joseph Lister. People began to use the fluid everywhere: for the treatment of wounds, in dentistry, against dandruff and fungus, as a deodorant. A popular product was in the 1920s after the advertising of “Listerine”. On the poster the girl turned away from the groom with a stale breath, wondered: “Can I be happy with him, despite this?”
Pfizer worked to create a cure for heart disease. But the new drug was tested, but it did not bring benefits. But during the experiments revealed an unusual side effect: the substance affected the blood flow in the pelvic area. The “aphrodisiac”, known throughout the world, appeared just like that!
Not everyone knows that nobody specially invented a microwave oven. Just once, Raytheon engineer Percy Spencer tested the radar equipment and noticed that the waves of microwave radiation melted the chocolate right in his pocket. Then Percy decided to put popcorn on the turned-on magnetron And he immediately began to burst. So there was a microwave oven! The present opening of the century !!!