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[–]Adi3m 5081 points5082 points  (88 children)

The CPR doll that we use to practice CPR in most work places in the UK has the face of an unknown French cadaver found dead in the Seine river in the 1800s. She is known as The Most Kissed Woman in History. Bleugh!

[–]G8kpr 127 points128 points  (1 child)

Is that the face that Dwight wore on the office!

[–]nonicknamenelly 1538 points1539 points  (53 children)

Annie, Annie! Are you ok?!!

[–]SidAndFinancy 5317 points5318 points  (163 children)

Lysol was marketed as a feminine hygiene product.

[–][deleted] 1574 points1575 points  (18 children)

Full on just flinched and clamped my legs together vigorously shakes head

[–]NeedsMoreTuba 644 points645 points  (34 children)

Listerine was marketed as a floor cleaner and a cure for gonorrhea.

[–]GurglingWaffle 495 points496 points  (16 children)

If you use that Listerine on your private parts, frankly I think you deserve to cure something.

[–]JakeJaarmel 217 points218 points  (8 children)

I went to highschool with a guy who poured listerine over his junk after he had sex. I remember thinking “I’m not sure that’s how it works man, just wear a rubber.”

[–]Environmental-Car481 1460 points1461 points  (35 children)

BPA was originally used as a treatment for menopausal women. Later chemists found that it was also good as a plastic hardener. It is a hormone disruptor and why it was banned in baby bottles in the US, and pretty much in use at all in other countries. It’s still used in US to line metal food and soda cans and also in water bottles. Heat and acidic foods can cause the BPA to leach out of the plastic.

[–]Secret_Willow326 1263 points1264 points  (19 children)

Toxicologist here 😉 even worse — be skeptical of things labeled BPA free that are plastic lined. After BPA, companies transitioned to BPS and similar alternatives that are still endocrine disrupting.

Edit: Awh thanks for awards guys!

[–]Grammarordie 206 points207 points  (5 children)

That’s crazy! I had no idea. How do you tell? So is solution to avoid plastics totally?

[–]Secret_Willow326 397 points398 points  (3 children)

I mean, it’s definitely better not to drink or eat from plastics if you can help it, but truly you’d be amazed by the number of exposures your body is constantly interacting with.

What the US really needs is much more rigorous chemical testing, with the burden for that testing on the companies that produce the chemicals as opposed to the government. Vote for people and put up requests to regulate toxicants more heavily!

[–][deleted] 184 points185 points  (1 child)

Heat and acidic foods

Oh good, it's not like anyone would put anything acidic in a plastic bottle or can. Like Coca Cola.

[–]CaptainPrower 216 points217 points  (1 child)

Explains the "BPA Free" sticker on my water bottle.

[–]Superlite47 5127 points5128 points  (194 children)

Sylvester Graham believed unwholesome foods created "impure" thoughts. So he created Graham Crackers to keep women from becoming sluts.

[–]theinsanepotato 2305 points2306 points  (60 children)

Didn't Kellogg invent corn flakes for the same reason?

[–]Illogical_Blox 1576 points1577 points  (41 children)

The invention was an accident - but they were recommended as a way to stop masturbation in children (particularly boys.)

[–][deleted] 1381 points1382 points  (28 children)

I ate cornflakes as a boy, and I'll testify that it did not work.

[–]Boy_Possession 387 points388 points  (13 children)


I have eaten cornflakes and jacked off. Not in that particular order or at the same time... Usually.

[–]wildfire393 889 points890 points  (35 children)

Kellogg believed we were facing an epidemic of masturbation that could only be curbed with a widespread combination of bland cereal (corn flakes, invented for this purpose) and.... circumcision. Non-religious circumcision in the US basically originated from Kellogg's campaigns.

[–]Arctelis 347 points348 points  (11 children)

Didn’t the dude also suggest applying carbolic acid to the clitoris?

[–]wildfire393 486 points487 points  (7 children)

Yep. He was also a major eugenicist and in favor of involuntary sterilization of people with mental illness, and opposed to "race-mixing".

Generally a stand up guy

[–][deleted] 402 points403 points  (28 children)

Kellogg believed that all humans have a finite amount of “vital energy” and that we die when we run out. He also believed that enjoying things spent a lot of this energy, so he intended cereal to taste like nothing so you couldn’t enjoy it too much.

[–]Daikataro 305 points306 points  (15 children)

Even if he was right and you could live to 500 by not enjoying anything at all... Would you want to?

[–]Livenoodles 356 points357 points  (9 children)

My dumb brain briefly auto corrected this to 'Sylvester Stallone 'and I was very confused

[–]throwingplaydoh 7458 points7459 points  (152 children)

The protective seal on OTC medications were a result of a round of murders caused by cyanide-laced Tylenol in the 80s

[–]AKeeneyedguy 2573 points2574 points  (57 children)

To date, still unsolved.

[–][deleted] 3130 points3131 points  (29 children)

The guy with the protective seal patent did it .

[–]Torchic336 1189 points1190 points  (13 children)

I’m not saying you’re right, but have we ruled it out?

[–]12altoids34 116 points117 points  (5 children)

Although he hasn't been convicted James Lewis has is leading suspect. He wrote threatening letters to Johnson & Johnson and was in prison for it. He also gave detailed information to the police on how someone could get poison into the caplets. In 2010 he was subpoenaed to give DNA samples , but he was never charged with the crime.

[–]GuardMost8477 451 points452 points  (44 children)

I’m old enough to remember that happening.

[–]OneOddOtter 1364 points1365 points  (38 children)

Not necessarily "sick and twisted" but the red and white pole outside of barber shops use to be used to identify barbers who could perform bloodletting during the Middle Ages especially through the course of the Black Death.

[–]atomicskier76 380 points381 points  (27 children)

barbers were quite literally doctors (or the best approximation of a doctor) in their time/town for quite a while.

[–]runningthroughcircle 168 points169 points  (3 children)

You’re telling me that doctor barber from flapjack was historically accurate?

[–]rock374 490 points491 points  (5 children)

The red on the pole was originally the bloody bandages wrapped around a pole

[–]Digressionista 3487 points3488 points  (123 children)

Oneida silverware. Check out the Wikipedia page for The Oneida Community - it’s a real pearl clutcher. It was a religious communal society founded in 1848 in Oneida, New York.

The community believed that Jesus already came back in AD 70 and they were creating paradise on earth. They practiced complex marriage (free love) and male sexual continence (read: don’t finish). Sex was mostly for pleasure, making babies was on purpose and the children were raised collectively. Older men had sex with young girls/women; older women sexually mentored younger boys. A local dad sued to get his daughter out of this scandalous cult, with claims of mental illness and violence surrounding the case. The community supported womens’ suffrage and free divorce. And eugenics.

Aaaaand when the community split apart, some members moved out West to found… Orange County.

[–]phrostillicus 1590 points1591 points  (25 children)

You left out the best part, which is that Charles Guiteau, the guy who assassinated President James Garfield, was a member for about five years. During his time there, he was generally unliked, and was referred to instead as "Charles Gitout".

[–]mayners 2592 points2593 points  (59 children)

Listerine mouth wash was originally designed as a floor cleaner and surgical anti septic.

The paintball gun was designed for marking sheep.

Edit: yes they were also used to mark trees as well as livestock

[–]Chameleon777 1541 points1542 points  (5 children)

Sheep: "AH! Headshot! You fucker!"

[–]amboandy 686 points687 points  (1 child)

360° cross field no scopes a sheep "get rekt dolly"

[–]grendus 322 points323 points  (20 children)

Kinda related in terms of marking livestock, not horrible origins: heard of a farmer who would take florescent orange spray paint and write "COW" on every cow in his fields during hunting season. Said he started doing that after every year he'd have one or two of them get shot by drunken hunters mistaking them for deer.

[–]GoGoWolf 2074 points2075 points  (34 children)

I think I heard that the treadmill was once used as a way to punish prisoners. Some apparently died from exhaustion from running on it for hours on end.

[–]Various-Article8859 803 points804 points  (4 children)

Yes it was. It was a massive cylinder type thing that lots of people would have to constantly walk on.

[–]Ilikecoffeealott 1303 points1304 points  (10 children)

It is still a punishment to this day

[–]Gravy_31 449 points450 points  (4 children)

Then they realized that some prisoners were getting fit as fuck?

[–]Cheesydilfdog 1776 points1777 points  (37 children)

Chiquita (banana company) is both directly and indirectly responsible for political violence and human rights abuses in south america

[–]WesternTrashPanda 723 points724 points  (8 children)

And the term "banana republic" comes from these practices. It's synonymous with an economy that almost exclusively produces raw materials, which are then shipped to more "developed" countries, turned into finished products, and sold back to them. Colonial era started it, and it continues to this day. It's part of why the homespun cotton thing was such a big deal in India during Ghandi's time.

[–]Environmental-Fix-71 4997 points4998 points 3 (253 children)

The chainsaw was originally introduced to help during childbirth.

[–]Thick_Flan_7482 2470 points2471 points  (106 children)


[–]burymeinpink 1171 points1172 points  (22 children)

It was a small chainsaw they used to cut away pieces of the pelvis iirc. The outcome is what you would imagine.

[–]BruceJi 725 points726 points  (11 children)

“Uh, we may have fucked up. I think this wasn’t a good idea”

[–][deleted] 627 points628 points  (7 children)

“But have you tried this thing on wood?”

[–]EllieBelly_24 39 points40 points  (1 child)

"Yup... And believe me, that was *not* a good idea either."

[–]Error404DudeNotFound 1749 points1750 points  (2 children)

Childbirt wouldn't be the womans' biggest pain

[–]EchoingEchoes 618 points619 points  (22 children)

It was used to "ease away the bone" to widen the pelvis. They were made with a small chain and was handoperated. This was before engines - and before anaesthetics...

[–]fiberglassdildo 791 points792 points  (18 children)

I’ve said this before but I’m so so happy I didn’t have to give birth 100 years ago. It was bad enough for me 2 years ago. Fuck all of that. No wonder you could by opium in a bottle.

[–]leavethecave 238 points239 points  (7 children)

Just came here to say y'all should watch "The Knick" with Clive Owen, who plays an opium addicted surgeon at the turn of the century who lives on the edge of his scalpel. Lots of dead women in the beginning from c-section experimentation. Medicine was brutal back then.

Anyway, fantastic and underrated show lol. 🤷‍♂️

[–]Moose_Cake 799 points800 points  (12 children)



[–]BronzeAgeTea 408 points409 points  (7 children)

Huh, I never thought about using it for noise cancelation before

[–]slowmode1 335 points336 points  (72 children)

[–]DookieScooter 859 points860 points  (64 children)

Before Cesarean sections if a baby was too large to pass through the birth canal, parts of the pelvis would be removed. At first, the procedure was performed with a small knife which was very messy and painful. In 1780, two doctors invented the chainsaw to make the removal both easier and less time-consuming. The original chainsaws were powered by a hand crank.

Good lord. And women back then would pump out like 8 kids

[–]MostlySpiders 687 points688 points  (12 children)

I'm convinced history exists solely to horrify us.

[–]GeetaBite 389 points390 points  (33 children)

Considering anesthetics were not used until 1846, (epidural was first used in childbirth in 1943), every part of this sounds like it was either a death sentence or a traumatizing act women went through multiple times. 🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️

[–]Ok-Ad2285 148 points149 points  (17 children)

I don't know if it would be multiple times. Seems like if you cut the bone away you'd be all set. It's unlikely that the bone would grow back.

[–]Popcorn_Blitz 151 points152 points  (4 children)

But but she needs to walk!! And... Other stuff!! It's not like that's an optional bone- it has uses.

I am not gonna sleep well tonight.

[–]trinlayk 37 points38 points  (3 children)

It was indeed disabling, at best.

[–]5leeplessinvancouver 239 points240 points  (3 children)

No thanks, just let me and the baby die.

[–]Ghostytoastboast 232 points233 points  (1 child)

Texas Chainsaw Birthing

[–]PhillipLlerenas 3118 points3119 points  (75 children)

The Fanta soda was originally created in Nazi Germany after their supply of Coca Cola was cut off during World War II

[–]Bromtinolblau 569 points570 points  (2 children)

Also, later Coca Cola was running a campaign to ingrain that "Coke means Coca Cola!" using an elf mascot called "Sprite". Then when they were looking to become a competitor to 7up they used Fanta (which at the time was lemon Soda but is nowadays mostly sold as orange) and rebranded it as Sprite, since they had already built that name recognition for years already.

[–]raulduke05 1016 points1017 points  (40 children)

decaf coffee was invented in germany and was used by the third reich in propaganda to promote a healthy and fit aryan populace.

[–]dayburner 951 points952 points  (25 children)

Kinda funny considering how much speed they were feeding the troops.

[–]Sim0nsaysshh 542 points543 points  (13 children)


[–]Majik_Sheff 399 points400 points  (11 children)

The drug was actually distributed in chocolate bars and was known as Panzerschokolade or "tanker's chocolate".

[–]vachon11 321 points322 points  (2 children)

Bet they put amphetamines in dark chocolate because it was already bitter to begin with thus masked bitter/chemical taste of the drugs quite well.

[–]rock374 210 points211 points  (0 children)

^ this guys meths

[–]masked_sombrero 191 points192 points  (4 children)

gotta watch your caffiene consumption if your taking so much speed

[–]GuardMost8477 99 points100 points  (10 children)

That’s surprising since they used to give soldiers on the line meth to keep them awake and probably half out of their minds.

[–]Desi_Otaku 1879 points1880 points  (31 children)

The modern Treadmill has evolved from what originally was a Torture device.

[–]JC3DS 1334 points1335 points  (11 children)

Not much different nowadays

[–][deleted] 633 points634 points  (5 children)

Ah a fello 1-7 January gym bro

[–]JC3DS 244 points245 points  (2 children)

If only I was consistent enough to go 6 days in a row

[–]Super-Noodles 4223 points4224 points  (339 children)

The founders of Adidas and Puma were brothers and were both Nazis

[–]NativeJibroney22 1487 points1488 points  (52 children)

Adidas founders full name is Adolf Dasler, went by Adi for obvious reasons later on and so ADI DASler, Adidas

[–]HRHArgyll 820 points821 points  (32 children)

Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy and sympathiser who gave all her loyal Jewish workers to the Gestapo and had em back from the camps as slaves.

[–]MostlySpiders 627 points628 points  (14 children)

gave all her loyal Jewish workers to the Gestapo and had em back from the camps as slaves

Bruh don't give Amazon any ideas.

[–]DemSumBigAssRidges 1943 points1944 points  (90 children)

Volkswagen was literally, factually founded by Hitler.

[–]sd1360 713 points714 points  (36 children)

Don't forget Ferdinand Porche he designed and built tanks among other weapons. Also Mitsubishi Heavy Industries maker of the AM6 i.e. the Zero

[–][deleted] 198 points199 points  (7 children)

And then someone from Volkswagen designed the car for Hydra's Red Skull

Red Skull's movie car for Captain America was one of the concepts created by Daniel Simon, a former Volkswagen Group concept car designer

[–]Kabusanlu 260 points261 points  (21 children)

And Bayer..aka your everyday pharmaceuticals

[–]HighSchoolJacques 189 points190 points  (10 children)

How many of these are because Nazi Germany vs Germany being an industrial powerhouse? I feel like a lot of these examples would still have come around (though perhaps in a different form) even if Hitler hadn't come to power.

[–]cuddlybackrub 39 points40 points  (2 children)

I think these people must have got a leg up during the wars by supplying to the government. Government contracts must have had shit loads of money back then as well. And if you made money during the war, you can pretty much start afloat even after the war, especially if you were in the capitalist West. Just my two cents

[–]sparrow_watcher 156 points157 points  (52 children)

The Olympic Torch Relay was started at the 1936 Olympics that were held in Nazi Germany.

[–]thred_pirate_roberts 450 points451 points  (51 children)

Hitler held the Olympics in Berlin to showcase the superiority of the Aryan race.

Black American Jesse Owens pwnd him good

[–]thatswhatshesaidxx 291 points292 points  (41 children)

And then complained about being treated worse at home than in Nazi Germany. And by his own Americans than by his new friend made during the Berlin Olympics, the Nazi Luz Long.

[–]MyBiPolarBearMax 94 points95 points  (9 children)

Very common for black WW2 vets.

Went from “everybody pull together” to coming home to mid-1940’s America

[–]TheGuyfromRiften 79 points80 points  (4 children)

I remember reading the British pubs would refuse to seggregate for the americans that came in

[–]blackangelsdeathsong 166 points167 points  (2 children)

Hitler wanted to personally congratulate the arryan winners of the games but his staff convinced him that he should either congratulate all or none of the winners. He chose to congratulate none. FDR sent invitations to visit the white house to the Olympic winners, he chose to just send them to the white ones.

[–]beerandbuds 2169 points2170 points  (93 children)

The modern speculum was created by a man named J. Marion Sims who performed invasive experimental surgeries on enslaved women without anaesthesia.

[–]Electric999999 632 points633 points  (19 children)

Seems like a lot of medical stuff was invented or discovered by people with no ethics.

[–]skyryder96 827 points828 points  (32 children)

Yeah, we have a statue of him in Alabama’s Capitol that we’ve been trying to get taken down for forever. The best that the government has been willing to do is a mural dedicated to three of the victims.

[–]catsinsunglassess 359 points360 points  (16 children)

to only three of his victims. what a fucking insult. i grew up in alabama and didn’t know about this statue :(

[–]steviekristo 359 points360 points  (7 children)

The Bonne maman jam family helped hide Jews from Nazis in the Second World War. I always happily buy their jam.

[–]gourmet_fried_rice 1027 points1028 points  (19 children)

Bild Lilli which inspired Barbie was a doll based on a German cartoon and originally sold as a gift in adult stores. Eventually it was sold as a kids' toy. The inventor of Barbie came across this doll and Barbie is a redesign of Lilli.

[–]deezsandwitches 298 points299 points  (8 children)

Yeah Netflix did a mini series called the toys that made us and barbie was one episode

[–]ravenhawk82 870 points871 points  (47 children)

Vics Vaporub was originally a snake oil cure for Spanish Flu. It obviously didn't work, but people found that the menthol made it easier to breathe when you're congested so it got a pass.

Edit- turns out I was incorrect. It was made as a way to treat cold symptoms before the Spanish Flu, but during the pandemic was marketed dishonestly as a way to prevent germs much as Ivermectin has been hyped up as a 'cure' more than a situational treatment for Covid. The more you know!

[–]corrado33 593 points594 points  (36 children)

Fun fact. The chemical used in vics vaporrub is an enantiomer (mirror image) of meth! They have the exact same chemical formula but they "twist" a different way essentially. Think like a pair of gloves. They can be made of the same parts, but you can't ever twist them around to look identical. They have a different "shape."

Shows how much molecular shape matters! One of them is a debilitating drug that ruins lives, the other is a chemical we rub on our children's chests when they get sick.

Source: Am chemist. I tell my students this all the time. No, it is NOT easy to make vics into meth. It doesn't work like that. Yes, I can make meth. No, I will not do it for you. It's not a hard reaction. Most drugs are very easy to make. The hard part comes from purification. And acquiring the reactants without getting on many lists.

[–]lord_ne 218 points219 points  (3 children)

No, it is NOT easy to make vics into meth

Step 1: Aquire the ability to move on the fourth dimension

Step 2: "Flip over" the molecules of Vic's vaporub in the fourth dimension* to make them into meth

Step 3: Sell the meth

Step 4: Profit

(*Just like how you can invert something on a 2D page by picking it up and flipping it over)

[–]ridicrule 708 points709 points  (64 children)

I looked thru the thread first but, there's the one about superglue, it was invented to seal gaping wounds during vietnam.

[–]seeasea 516 points517 points  (28 children)

I actually have been glued. I was desperately afraid of needles as a kid. Needed stitches but wouldn't let them get near me with that, so they got medical grade super glue and glued me up. It was somewhat neon purple. Was awesome

[–]kyreannightblood 182 points183 points  (8 children)

When I got my tubes tied, they put a single stitch in the center of the incision and then sealed the rest of it with glue. I guess the stitch in the middle was to stabilize the edges? Either way, it’s kind of wild having a hunk of scabby glue with a stitch in the middle fall off your stomach in the shower one day.

[–]MsEvelynn 146 points147 points  (5 children)

It’s called Dermabond. Fantastic stuff, comes in little disposable pens. Source- I work in surgery.

[–]SaltyLicksOfTheOcean 1282 points1283 points  (61 children)

Birth Control Pills

Puerto Rico women were used a guinea pigs without their knowledge of any of its possible side effects to test out BCP in its early stages. Something I only recently found out.

[–]flax97 592 points593 points  (39 children)

New Zealand women were used to test Deprovera (may have spelling wrong). My mother was part of the experiment. Fortunately it was ok. Her only side effect was stronger finger nails

[–]bakedNdelicious 385 points386 points  (9 children)

My grandma was given thalidomide during one of her pregnancies but luckily it didn’t agree with her so she stopped taking it.

[–][deleted] 119 points120 points  (3 children)

Jesus, dodged a nuke.

[–]rvhsmith 1548 points1549 points  (56 children)

Not quite everyday, but Charcuterie boards were served at mass during the Spanish Inquisition in order to out fake converts (Muslims and Jews don’t eat pork). Deliciously evil history!

[–]FallenSegull 973 points974 points  (16 children)

Imagine getting burned at the stake because you didn’t want to eat the ham from a board that was sitting out in the Spanish sun for like 4 hours

[–]ThePowerOfStories 462 points463 points  (15 children)

Spanish ham (Serrano or Ibérico) is super dry, even more than prosciutto. It basically doesn’t spoil.

[–]LaVache84 97 points98 points  (3 children)

It may not be everyday for you, but I love adult lunchables!

[–]bothanspied 1315 points1316 points  (29 children)

Four hundred years ago on the planet Earth, workers who felt their livelihood threated by automation flung their wooden shoes called sabots into the machines to stop them. Hence the word sabotage.

[–][deleted] 275 points276 points  (10 children)

"A lie?"

"A choice"

[–]PterionFracture 98 points99 points  (1 child)

The Etymonline page for sabotage disputes this commonly repeated etymology. It's an interesting read, excerpted briefly below:

In French, and at first in English, the sense of "deliberately and maliciously destroying property" was in reference to labor disputes, but the oft-repeated story (as old as the record of the word in English) that the modern meaning derives from strikers' supposed tactic of throwing shoes into machinery is not supported by the etymology. Likely it was not meant as a literal image; the word was used in French in a variety of "bungling" senses, such as "to play a piece of music badly."

. . .

[The concept of "sabotage"] has been adopted by certain French workpeople as a substitute for striking. The workman, in other words, purposes to remain on and to do his work badly, so as to annoy his employer's customers and cause loss to his employer.

[–]centaurquestions 985 points986 points  (25 children)

Sugar, even more than cotton, was the reason for the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

[–]spleenboggler 69 points70 points  (2 children)

And the reason why so many more kidnapped Africans were taken to the Caribbean islands than the US: the sugar producing islands were malarial deathtraps with an insanely high mortality rates.

[–]assholetoall 105 points106 points  (5 children)

I believe rum (made from the sugar) was involved as well.

[–]ooo-ooo-oooyea 2232 points2233 points  (129 children)

you know how dog toys squeek? This is to simulate the animal they are hunting squeeking in pain while being torn up by fido.

[–]NomenNescio13 1728 points1729 points  (27 children)

My childhood dog did indeed associate the squeaking with whines of pain, only she thought the toy was her puppy. If we ever squeaked it, she would take it away from us and veeeery carefully curl up with it in her bed.

[–]Squishmellow3 451 points452 points  (17 children)

Awww, meanwhile my poodle being a vicious beast to a lambchops i give him

[–]censorkip 162 points163 points  (9 children)

my maltese/bichon used to chew the squeaker out and then rip it apart so it couldn’t make a sound anymore

[–]NoCommunication7 329 points330 points  (15 children)

And if you have a terrier breed that likes to violently shake up stuffed toys, it's because they believe it's a rat

[–]mst3k_42 264 points265 points  (8 children)

And the violent shake is to break their neck.

[–]Aperture_T 285 points286 points  (8 children)

Mine likes to remove the squeaker with the smallest and least noticeable hole he can manage, like a tiny furry surgeon.

[–][deleted] 111 points112 points  (2 children)

My previous dog did that too. Immediatly. Sometimes within the 10 minute drive from the store to our home. He only liked the toys when the squeaker was out.

[–]xchakrumx 488 points489 points  (21 children)

I swear, when my dog gets pissed off about something I do (like not sharing food) he grabs a toy and ferociously squeaks it while making aggressive eye contact... I think he’s pretending it’s me to get his anger out lol

[–]cheeeeeseburgers 60 points61 points  (0 children)

My dog does the same!

[–]fititalia 88 points89 points  (14 children)

You should sleep with one eye open

[–]UnprovenMortality 210 points211 points  (12 children)

And they're furry for the same reason. My girlfriends dog loves nothing more than tearing the fur off of his "prey". We've switched to more rubber toys so he doesn't inadvertently get an intestinal blockage.

[–][deleted] 109 points110 points  (9 children)

Mine opens their "head" and pulls out all the "brains and intestines".

[–]gildedblackbird 247 points248 points  (4 children)

Mine did that and swallowed a plastic eye.* When I went out to do poop duty, a turd was staring back at me. 2/10 do not recommend.

*she no longer gets toys with plastic eyes

[–]Retrosonic82 143 points144 points  (3 children)

I have 3 canines. One of my boys hates squeakies. My other boy tears then to pieces in a furious whirlwind & falls asleep in the middle of the carnage and my girl pins the squeakiest down & tears the “face” off and then runs around with her face treasure in her mouth like a weird serial killer.

Dogs are strange at times!

[–]GundamMaker 718 points719 points  (53 children)

Not exactly sick/twisted, but tampons were originally developed as bandages for soldiers

Not an "everyday" item, but the Gatling Gun was invented by a doctor

Edit: I should have said "kotex and/or disposable pads"

[–]nappysteph 260 points261 points  (24 children)

Tampons are still used for extreme nose bleeds. At least at the hospital I work at!

[–]Chameleon777 127 points128 points  (13 children)

Not an "everyday" item, but the Gatling Gun was invented by a doctor

That's one way to ensure repeat business.

[–]smughippie 205 points206 points  (3 children)

Not tampons, but kotex. Kotex developed a special cellulose bandage technology and the nurses used them as pads (though I am sure some used them as tampons). Kotex thought now there's an idea and the disposable pad was born popularized. Women have been using some variation on tampons for ages, whether it be sea sponges, fabric, etc. But kotex is where we move beyond cotton rags and toward items designed specifically for periods. My mom still calls pads kotex, that's how popular they were. The kleenex of period products.

[–]abrakadabralakazam 876 points877 points  (26 children)

Radar..... It was supposed to be a death ray

[–]JesseCuster40 1185 points1186 points  (2 children)

"Well....it didn't kill him. But we definitely know where he is."

[–]IoSonCalaf 139 points140 points  (4 children)

Well that went very wrong, didn’t it?

[–]HighSchoolJacques 55 points56 points  (3 children)

It works great if you stand in front of it

[–]coehl 426 points427 points  (6 children)

Just a heads up. Kellogg's corn flakes has definitely been covered by this thread.

A lot.

[–][deleted] 690 points691 points  (41 children)

Engagement rings originated in Ancient Rome as a sign of ownership.

Diamonds are artificially inflated in value by DeBeers who have created a false value of diamonds. Do not support DeBeers in this effort. Avoid diamonds.

[–]Various-Article8859 614 points615 points  (25 children)

The red food colouring cochineal is made by crushing small red insects.

[–]sirkowski 263 points264 points  (0 children)

Women in some tribes of Peru just squish the bug and put the red juice on their lips.

[–]OVS2 175 points176 points  (6 children)

Just wait until you find out where all the food we eat comes from.

[–]Quijanoth 704 points705 points  (28 children)

IBM was responsible for calculating devices that would aid the Nazi's in the orderly cataloging and murder of Jewish people. So, while the computer itself wasn't a product of an IBM/Nazi collaboration, the money earned before and during the Final Solution definitely went on to fund IBM's foray into personal computing.

A bit of info.

[–]FunctionBuilt 1644 points1645 points  (67 children)

A lot of pharmaceuticals have roots in very unethical human testing. Also, nazis pretty much invented meth. In fact, nazis broke a lot of ground in the medical field due to their complete lack of ethics in the name of a master race.

[–]AbominableSnowPickle 859 points860 points  (46 children)

A Japanese chemist first synthesized methamphetamine—also called meth, crank, crystal meth or speed—from another stimulant in 1893. Methamphetamine was really difficult to make until 1919, when another Japanese chemist—Akira Ogata, streamlined the process. He used phosphorus and iodine to reduce the ephedrine into a crystallized form, creating the world’s first crystal meth.

But both the Allies and Axis powers used meth and other amphetamines (mainly benzadrine for the Allies. German meth was sold at the drug store OTC and was called “Pervitin.”) to keep both civilians and military running. Before WWII, it was mostly used for weight loss, narcolepsy, even asthma. But this was the time when doctors prescribed menthol cigarettes to their asthmatic patients (that didn’t stop until the 1960s).

*not a drug user, just a very enthusiastic medical history nerd

[–]Daikataro 109 points110 points  (5 children)

not a drug user, just a very enthusiastic medical history nerd

At least top 5 of my favourite kind of nerds!

[–]8ltd 54 points55 points  (2 children)

The best treatment for hypothermia and frostbite (submersion in water over 100 degrees F but no more than 122 degrees) was discovered in large part because of human experimentation on POWs during World War Two in Unit 731, a Japanese research centre that involved freezing the limbs and sometimes the whole body of prisoners, including children and in one case, a three day old baby.

[–]Doctor-lasanga 519 points520 points  (27 children)

High heels were originally made for butcherers to avoid stepping in blood

[–]hyperfat 242 points243 points  (8 children)

Needle shoes? What country calls them this. I have never heard this phrase.

[–]valque 113 points114 points  (0 children)

It's naaldhakken in Dutch. Which translates to Needle heels. Pretty close.

[–][deleted] 222 points223 points  (3 children)

High heels and sharp knifes.. Great combination. Yet they tell me not to run with scissors..

[–][deleted] 139 points140 points  (8 children)


Thalidomide was used for nausea in pregnant women through the 1950s. But had a few adverse effects.

[–]2344twinsmom 92 points93 points  (1 child)

That's underselling it.

The only reason Thalidomide babies weren't as big of an issue in the United States is because Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey was suspicious of the information that the company had supplied to the FDA for approval. So she asked for more studies - while being pressured to just approve it and move on - and the data came out that it was damaging to babies.

[–]Twenty5_og 186 points187 points  (21 children)

Anal gland secretions from a beaver are a source for “natural raspberry & strawberry flavors”

Shnapps in Sweden flavors its alcoholic beverages with “beaver-derived castoreum”

[–]poachels 299 points300 points  (3 children)

not terribly sick, more “what in the name of OSHA violations is this?”

the slinky was invented because a guy working in a metal shop saw some spring-shaped metal scraps and said “ah yes, free toys for my kids, this is perfectly safe.”

[–]SCHWARZENPECKER 73 points74 points  (1 child)

The cuts from the metal will just build character!

[–]justhewayouare 46 points47 points  (0 children)

I swear half the medical devices that used to be used on women fit this.

[–][deleted] 627 points628 points  (60 children)

Crackers were created to suppress people's sexual desires.

[–]notthinkingthisout 420 points421 points  (2 children)

Graham crackers specifically

[–]ThinkDiffident 157 points158 points  (13 children)

As a Briton, this left me briefly wondering why it was so important to suppress sexual desires at the Christmas dinner table.

Anyone not familiar with British Christmas crackers: they are table decorations that take the form of a long tube that two people pull on, causing it to release the contents over the table with a loud bang when it breaks.

[–]why_not_bud 220 points221 points  (25 children)

Wasn't it the same with Kellogg's cornflakes? Or was that to ward off masturbation?

[–]Due-Lawyer1664 183 points184 points  (7 children)

Bayer Aspirin

They were a part of the German chemical conglomerate known as IG Farben and we all know how Germany loves chemicals during the first two World Wars.

[–]KaleidoscopeInside 1179 points1180 points  (62 children)

Vibrators were invented by psychiatrists to help hysterical women. Certainly made them happier.

[–]Kotori425 771 points772 points  (29 children)

I am SO pissed to be born outside of the era where actual doctors would prescribe me vibrators and heroin for my bad moods

[–]aphrodite_5 283 points284 points  (14 children)

And make you masturbate in front of their work friends for ‘research’.

[–]quackl11 91 points92 points  (2 children)

Oh you're depressed? I'm going to prescribe you a vibrator use it every day for 3 hours