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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

Some of the things we use on a daily basis were not originally intended for what we use them for today. Over the course of history, mankind has strived for advancement and innovation. This propels us as a society forward, towards efficiency, advancement, and comfort. While researching and testing our genius and not so genius theories, we may end up stumbling upon something we never even intended to. Many products have been created this way. Many of the things we love and need each day were found or invented purely by accident. Many of the things that we use were intended for something completely different but have found that over time suited another purpose much better. Here are 20 cases where this holds true.

1. Silly putty

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Silly Putty

2. Slinky

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Slinky

3. Kotex

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Kotex

4. Propecia

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Propecia

5. Play-doh

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Play-Doh

6. Listerine

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Listerine

7. Chewing gum

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Chewing Gum

8. Mauve

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Muave

9. Viagra

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Viagra

10. Pacemaker

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

11. Super glue

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

12. LSD

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

13. Kleenex

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

14. Coca-Cola

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

15. Cellophane

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

16. Stainless Steel

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

17. Sticky notes

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

18. Teflon

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

19. Saccharin

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

20. Zout

20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses
Zout

So you mean to tell me that one of the most popular toys of all time was invented to stabilize and support ship equipment? And Coca-Cola was used as an alternative to morphine addiction? That explains a lot. I know a few people who can’t go more than a few hours without a can of Coke. These things were invented for one purpose, but have taken on a life of their own and have fallen into a different purpose all together. I’m glad that some of these have found a different purpose. I would hate to be on a plane that is held together with post-it notes.

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