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.

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

And from that the best newspaper comic copier was invented! 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

The slinky might be a little sloppy when it comes to stabilizing anything. 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

Not a bad idea to stick a few of these in a first aid kit! 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

Two birds with one stone. Bald men rejoice!

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

And look at PLAY-DOH today. Talk about taking on a life of its own. 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

Although it will probably feel like it’s working, I don’t think you should try to treat your gonorrhea with Listerine. 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

Mmmmmm delicious flavored rubber. 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

I didn’t think inventing a color was a possibility.

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

Which ended up raising standards for women in return.

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

One incredibly beneficial accident.

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

Clear gun sights? Isn’t the point to see the sights?

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

I can imagine how the testing of this drug went. NOT GOOD!

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

And now it gets covered in snot. 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

I’m pretty sure it still has these benefits. 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

One of the most underrated products in the history of the world! See through packaging! 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

So you’ll never have to worry about rust again.

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

They dropped the ball miserably. Sticky notes last maybe two days on the wall but they can create some awesome wall art. 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

And my stomach and dishwasher thank you Roy 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

I don’t think coal tar has the same ring to it. 

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20 Popular Products That Were Originally Intended For Completely Different Uses

If it can tackle blood, it can tackle anything! 

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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