ou buy stuff at the supermarket or convenience store all the time without thinking about it. But every product has its own history! Someone invented it. It was tested. Things went well...Or they didn't.
And some of these backstories...Well, some are weirder than others.
The folks over at Boredom Therapy put together a list of eleven products that we've all used (or have at least heard of) that have some of the most bizarre origin stories ever. Even weirder than Superman's origin story, and he's fictional.
Bubble wrap was originally supposed to be textured wallpaper. For some insane reason, that didn’t sell, so IBM began wrapping their computers in the stuff before they shipped them out.
But like, think about a room with bubble wrap wallpaper. How much would you pay for that? Because I would pay, like, a lot.
Lysol, that lemon-scented disinfectant you use on countertops, was originally marketed as a vaginal douche for women.
This! Is! Wrong! On! So! Many! Levels!
Apart from the obvious health risks of pouring Lysol up your vajayjay, let’s take a look at this ad, shall we?
“A man marries a woman because he loves her. So instead of blaming him if married love begins to cool, she should question herself [and her dirty vagina].”
Who in the hell wrote this?
Listerine was originally marketed as a vaginal douche.
Just kidding. But it’s close!
They didn’t actually know what to do at first with the minty fresh mouth cleaner. First, it was advertised as a cure for STDs (which it wasn’t). Then, they tried to sell it as a softener of foot corns, a surgical cleanser, and a way to make cigarettes minty fresh!
Finally, a brave someone decided to take a big ol’ swig of the stuff…and the rest is history.
Where does Coke, the name of that fizzy sweet nectar of the Gods come from? Why, cocaine of course!
The soda was invented by a Civil War vet named John Pemberton who loved his morphine. His goal with “French Wine Coca,” Coke’s original name, was to help morphine addicts ditch their drug habit.
So, good on him?
Anyway, Coke no longer has cocaine in it. Unfortunately.
Kimberly-Clark invented a super-absorbent surgical gauze during World War I. It was used, I imagine, to plug gaping head wounds and assist in amputations.
After the war, they repackaged the gauze and re-marketed it as Kotex. It is used, I know from experience, in the never-ceasing war that is having a woman’s body.
The Nalgene lab designed a highly durable polymer for a centrifuge machine, but soon they discovered their new material could be used for something way better and more important: water bottles!