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6 Products We Use Today That Had Very Different Original Uses

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As consumers we don't always think about the origins of some of our favorite products.

While a lot of products had very simple beginnings, there are plenty that started out with uses that are very different from what we need them for today.  For instance, prior to being used as a feminine hygiene product, tampons were designed for bullet wounds.

Not all products have life-changing back stories like tampons. In fact, some had very obscure purposes and you'll be glad that they have been reinvented.

Here are 6 common products we use today that were initially intended for other purposes:

1. Lysol

In the late 1920s, Lysol was well-known for being a feminine hygiene product. Yup, the same brand that labels its products as dangerous when it comes in contact with skin was marketed was an effective vaginal douche. Women were made to believe that the concentrated solution could prevent infections and odor through propaganda laden ads.

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2. Graham Crackers

In the 1800s, Sylvester Graham developed the original graham cracker recipe also known as graham bread to curb the sexual desires of misguided teenagers. He used some fear-mongering tactics to convince the population that lust could lead to disease and mental illness. Graham encouraged families to bake graham bread in their homes to help tame carnal desires and free them of evil.

3. Bubble Wrap

Engineers Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes invented the Bubble Wrap in 1957 but it wasn't intended for packaging or curing boredom. They wanted to create textured wallpaper but the idea didn't go over too well. They went on to market their invention for insulation purposes but that failed too. It wasn't until 1959 that Bubble Wrap became an important part of packaging thanks to IBM.

Click on the next page for more products that were initially intended for other uses including Listerine.

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