What products main purpose is ignored?

What products main purpose is ignored?


Slinky, the toy. It was originally designed during WW2 to help sensitive instruments remain steady on ships... to counter the effects of pitch, roll, and yaw. The engineer working on them knocked one off his desk accidentally, saw the way it moved from the table to the chair, to the floor, and a new purpose was born. On a side note... during the Vietnam War, when the Slinkys were metal, radio operators would carry them through the deep jungles. If they couldn't get a good signal in the jungle mountains, they'd sling a Slinky high into the tree limbs while holding onto one end. It created an instant antenna extension that they would attach to the radio.


>On a side note... during the Vietnam War, when the Slinkys were metal, radio operators would carry them through the deep jungles. If they couldn't get a good signal in the jungle mountains, they'd sling a Slinky high into the tree limbs while holding onto one end. It created an instant antenna extension that they would attach to the radio. Some of the guys over at /r/amateurradio are still doing that in 2021 😂


History Channel... as far as I am concerned the secret relationships between aliens and the illuminati do not qualify as "history"


History Channel: Anything but History


Man I miss the old school history channel. Fed my curiosity through lots of rainy summer days as a kid.


In my country whenever i accidentaly switch there, its always some auction bullshit, same with once great now garbage discovery.


The pocket watch pocket on your jeans


You mean my guitar pick pocket?


Or the lighter / pocket knife pocket


Iirc Play-Doh was invented to clean wallpaper


think i learned this one from a bathroom reader


Minoxidil was originally developed to treat high blood pressure and people reported unusual hair growth all around the body, since it promotes blood flow to the skin pores. They came up with a topical version and voila, millions of people smear that shit on their scalps and beards everyday and its the one of the only clinically proven ways to cure baldness.


There is another medicine that was designed as a water pill. Turns out it causes hair loss. Women with pcos use it to deal with hirsutism


Do topical users also see the effects to their blood pressure or must it be taken orally to work in that way?


I am not a medical professional, however: it seems that topical use can have effects on the blood pressure of some. https://www.rxlist.com/consumer_rogaine_minoxidil_topical/drugs-condition.htm Low BP is one of the possible side effects of the topical solution, apparently.


Same as Finasteride which is the hairloss marketed version of Proscar / Propecia. Finasteride is used to treat an enlarged prostate. Guys taking it noticed hair re-growing.. so they watered it down and now sell it for triple the price.


The beauty is you can get 5mg generic and quarter it with a pill cutter. Costs $12 for a 4 month supply.


Apparently paintball guns were invented for foresters/loggers/park rangers to mark trees (for cutting etc.) without having to approach each tree.


I swear that guy looked like a tree when i shot him


You shot him in the nuts and laughed about it now he's on the floor sobbing


This was my best friend in high school. Surprised he didn't wear a cup 24/7. His nuts were a magnet for high speed projectiles, up to and including paintballs.


>His nuts were a magnet for high speed projectiles Thats a colorful way to describe yo’ momma


Funnily enough my mom actually was one of the perpetrators. She was trying to shoot me with a paintball gun and accidentally beaned his bag with a stray shot. Point blank, at that. EDIT Okay I didn't expect this one off comment to get seen so much and some people are wondering about the mechanics, so I'll leave a brief summary for future generations. We were ROTC nerds and were wearing tacticool gear for a romp in the woods. The paintball gun in question was attached to a sling draped over the shoulders of a second friend. My mother was inspecting his rifle and decided she wanted to shoot me once with it. Being the brave and valiant friend that I am, I gallantly used second friend as a human shield. He understood my predicament. Anyway, since the paintball gun was attached to him, she couldn't get a good angle as I deftly maneuvered myself around. In the ensuing chaos she accidentally pulled the trigger and nailed bean bag in his couch cushion. From less than three feet away where he was standing off to the side. He hit the ground like a sack of swollen bricks. And that's why I'm surprised he has kids.


> She was trying to shoot me with a paintball gun okay > and accidentally beaned his bag with a stray shot. okay > Point blank, at that. wait what? she was aiming at you and somehow shot your mate point blank in the balls? was your face in his crotch and she was going for the gun-barrel-to-the-back-of-the-head execute or something? [thats some xcom levels of bullshittery if true](https://external-preview.redd.it/Fv7GyTwMEK3kCu7nh0QFa3PzETPAOj--8IYnA6Rrq3E.png?auto=webp&s=74f3e590153b160ec48d30a29461a249944dba88)


*If I line this up just right I can get this shot between that kids dick and nutsack and pop my boy right in the fucking face..* **OUCH MY BALLS!** *God damn it!*


My first paintball experience (12 years old) I saw someone in all white walking towards our bunker. I thought the guy was going bold and unleashed everything I had. It was the ref and I definitely got him in the nuts.


I did the same thing once but I was in a ravine and looking out over a flat area and one of the refs popped up to my left and I lit him up. He was not happy but I was used to playing in the woods with my friends, not refs. I apologized but he kicked me out until the next game.


> I apologized but he kicked me out until the next game. Unfortunately necessary even if he believed you. "Oh sorry" doesn't stick anywhere near as well as missing a game and if refs accepted it they'd get nailed every single game.


Snuggy was originally designed for wheelchair users. Outerwear designed for walkers is cumbersome to take on and off for wheelchair users so snuggies were designed to help with this.


It is still intended for wheelchair users. Snuggies, and many other disability devices, are advertised and sold to able bodied people so the manufacturer can actually make a profit. It's not accidental they became popular and used by everyone, it was done on purpose. A lot of those 'lazy' helping products on the tv channels are specifically on there because the disabled and elderly community often doesn't bring enough revenue, even if they are the intended audience.


Pipe cleaners, Use them for all sorts of arts and crafts as kids. It wasn't till I owned a tobacco pipe and went to buy them that it actually clicked


Don’t use Craft grade pipe cleaners for cleaning pipes. The little fibres aren’t secured as well and are horrible plastic that burns into rancid smoke. They break off and stick in the resin in the pipe


Ah so it's THAT kind of pipe. I assumed it was really thin plumbing pipes.


I made it too many years of my life wondering how the hell that thin little thing was supposed to clean my bathroom sink pipes…. Then one day, I felt really really stupid.


Today is my day!


Once had a cat who was mad for pipe cleaners, couldn't leave a packet lying around because she would get into them and then you'd be finding them for months in the strangest places. Most of the time she had had a really good chew on them first.




Hitachi market a massaging wand that works absolutely great on muscle knots. It works by using powerful vibrations and it’s mostly used for something that Hitachi refuse to acknowledge entirely.


Ooh yeah I know all about this one. There's very little as satisfying as smoothing out the sand of your desktop zen garden using one of these. It's like shaking an Etch-a-Sketch


My panties are on fire.


Maybe switch it to a lower setting?


look if i wanted it at a lower setting i wouldn't have rewired it to plug into a 3 phase 240V socket


Jesus. Green Giant's machines couldn't skin a bean as fast as that would.


This is *poetry.*


Or don't use the hibachi, use the Hitachi instead... Unless you like smoked meats...


Hitachi doesn't really sell them under their own name anymore. But they still sell them.


Yes the "Original Magic Wand^((tm))" is sold in the US now under the "**Vibratex**" brand, not Hitachi anymore. Theres only three models, corded w/ on off, corded w/ variable speed, and cordless variable speed. Anything else is a knockoff.


Three models : Corded Cordless Two-stroke gas


I LS swapped my two-stroke model


This is playing out like the scene from Sex and the City where Samantha is returning a Hitachi that died and the clerk denies it’s a vibrator then everyone in the store starts asking for her recommendations.


“that will burn your clit off”


A few love hotels In Japan have them in them as well


Gratis, for your sanitary re-use!


the love hotels have plastic sleeves you put it in each time you use it


You know a lot of stuff don't you


She has an approximate knowledge of many things.


I didn't know that wasn't meant to be a sex toy


Don’t feel bad, I once met a hitachi employee at a party who had no idea why the ladies were keen on talking to him.


I’ve picked my next fake job for the next time I’m in Vegas...


This is especially funny since Hitachi makes a ton of different things like lab equipment and tractors, too.


At this point in my life I'm more interested in its intended purpose.




Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets used as informal databases instead of as a data analysis tool


As a corporate finance person, Excel has permeated every facet of my job in every company I've been at, including fortune 500. It's literally the bandaid that keeps these companies running.


I've been in IT for a long time. Every organisation is entirely dependent on one or two spreadsheets stored on someone's personal folder. It is never, ever mentioned in the risk register.


As a risk manager: we know. Where do you think we keep our data?


I used to be a Risk Manager at a big financial processing company. One day we came into work to find that the system that we used to store and manage our risk data wasn't working because the company who provided it had gone bust. That wasn't on our Risk Register.


It's great. I work on a site with 500 software engineers. I test my code on about £100k worth of kit. Yet the whole thing is dependent on a couple spreadsheets in a shared folder. It never occurs to management to use one of the many, many software engineers we employ to make it better.


I’ve worked in corporate inventory management for multiple national chains throughout my career. Every store in the country would be empty without excel.


Spreadsheets are low tech databases. They're easy to set up and tear down. They're powerful enough for a lot of applications, and way more accessible. Lots more people can work on spreadsheets than databases. Managers are more likely to understand (and therefore trust) spreadsheets. They have a lot of advantages.


The question is “to what extent can you trust the employee with SQL?” The answer is less than they deserve and no more than you can afford.


Also if they just designed a SQL database like you would a spreadsheet, it would be a disaster. The actual SQL syntax is pretty easy to figure out, the structure of a relational database is the weird part.


Poor man's CRM lol


There's a hole in the market around easy to maintain, user friendly, cheap databases. When Microsoft decided to replace Access with msde the world just wasn't ready. Instead of upping their game and learning the more capable software they went down to the next easier thing to use. Of course sheets just one of this by not actually needing any install.


*looks at computer and sees movie list*


The egg plant emoji.


Are you telling me that people misinterpret my invitations to come over and have some baba ganoush?


Baba ganoush? Is that what they're calling it these days?


She calls me daddy ganoush now


I love it when you call me big Baba


In what circumstances do you need to tell your friend about an eggplant without saying eggplant though?




That tin for holding cookies is now filled with sewing gear. No matter where you go in the world, see a nice tin of cookies at someone's house, nope, it's sewing stuff.


This is their true purpose. The cookies were a larval stage.


See also: snow globes, shopping trolleys and malls.


Corn flakes. Hasn't stopped me from masturbating at all... Wtf Kelloggs [Since everyone keeps asking](https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/did-you-know-history/corn-flakes-were-created-stop-masturbation)


To a large extent, NyQuil. Most medicines are abused, but I've known many people including my brother at one time that drank it to fall asleep. I'm a firm believer that's why Vicks introduced ZzzQuil.


I use Benadryl because you can’t experience allergies if you aren’t alive for at least 4 hours.


I basically tranquilized myself with Benadryl last week because my allergies were so bad. The intern at my work told me I seemed tired, I told her why, and she said “ah, Benadryl. A better slogan for that would be ‘you can’t sneeze if you’re unconscious’”. I don’t think that’s scientifically proven, but I think her sentiment stands.


When I did shift work I mentioned to my coworker that I struggled sleeping when I worked nights. He told me he used this awesome OTC drug called Simply Sleep which is just Tylenol PM without the Tylenol. He gave me one and I looked at the active ingredient... Diphenhydramine. Which is the same active ingredient in benadryl. So yea, they know it knocks your ass out.


On a similar thought. I have bipolar disorder. One of the meds my Dr. Tried was Seroquel. It knocked me the fuck out. My theory was you can't be manic or depressed if you're unconscious for 16 hours a day and in a drunk fog for the few hours you're awake. I changed meds.


Zzquil is fucking magic though. So handy for stressful nights Edit: I use it maybe once a month. Very aware that overuse is a bad idea haha


Swisher sweets


Former gas station attendant, can confirm, every single time I sold a pack of swishers, within ten minutes I would be outside with a broom, cleaning up swisher guts.


I worked at a dollar store for several months and remember selling them to a few select people, but never saw anyone afterwards. What do they do with them? Hollow them out and replace the guts?


Yeah for blunts. Unroll them, replace the tobacco with weed, or a mix of tobacco and weed.


I worked at a grocery store that had really overpriced tobacco and didn’t sell much of it, as there were 3 different gas stations on the same block who had much better prices. Because of this our swishers and any other cigarillos were stale as *fuck* and I’d always advise people who came in looking for them to hit up one of the gas stations instead.


You are a true MVP. Nothing worse than not checking and getting home to roll a blunt and the cigarillo just turns into dust when you open it lol.


Viagra. It’s a heart medicine originally.


You mean it's supposed to *prevent* strokes?


Yeah, if you are having some angina.


I've been told I have acute angina


Currently being trialled at childbirth too to reduce fetal stress, reduce incidents of emergency operative births, increase blood and oxygen flow to the child's brain etc.


Internet was developed so scientists could communicate, not for free porn.


The first thing ever sold on the internet (well, ARPANET) was weed, back in '72. I'd say the internet has largely lived up to its origins!


Sounds like something a fed would say to cover up the governments massive porn addiction


The whiskey in my cabinet which is for medicinal purposes only.


That's why I have jägermeister, I take it when I get the ahems during a cold so I can sleep. It clears off whatever's there for long enough for me to fall asleep without the constant throat clearing. Although I think Jager was actually originally intended to treat colds so maybe I'm using it as intended, lol.


WD-40 was developed as a rust preventative (it’s even in the initials: “WD” means “Water Displacement”). Nowadays people use it to lubricate mechanical parts.


I think people already know this but the neck on the beer bottle is actually supposed to be held so you don’t warm your drink too fast.


THANK YOU! whenever i hold my beer from the neck ppl call me either an alcoholic or gay


Maybe don’t wear an “I’m gay” shirt while holding the beer?


Books used as decoration


I once saw a person buying “1m of red books”


There are people who sell political books by the shelf for zoom meeting backdrops.


Have a rotating set of different ideologies, see if anyone notices...


[Pfft, I'm not paying that much](https://twitter.com/bcredibility/status/1347873657348100097?lang=en).




If the film Day After Tomorrow taught me anything law books will be the first to go in the fireplace in the event of another Ice Age


For sure. I worked for a large law firm and each of us printed at least a ream of paper a day. I’m fairly certain we used up whole forests of paper. Definitely raid a law office in an apocalypse if you are looking for something to burn.




Idk if it is only an Indian thing or every one does it, but almost every person who buys a treadmill only uses it to hang their laundry


Had a Bowflex home gym and an elliptical machine. Can confirm.


The Bowflex seems purpose designed as a drying rack.


Definitely a global phenomenon


Hey now, for a good 6 months it got occasional intended use!


Toothpicks have a million uses that aren’t picking teeth.


Can confirm; I use toothpicks all the time to see if my cakes and quick breads are done, when I'm decorating cookies with royal icing, for crafting, and for unclogging nozzles, like glue bottles and tiny piping tips. Picking teeth is what dental floss is for.


But you can't look cool leaning up against a brick wall staring off running floss through your teeth.


Sandwich bags. Pretty sure I use them for everything but sandwiches.


And on that note, the little mini baggies that are designed for buttons, pins, etc.


yeah pins and buttons...😎


Does the packaging even say sandwich bags or is that just what there known as


Lots of them will say sandwich bags on the packaging for that size. And I recall many squished sandwiches from childhood…


I remember the taste of a soggy smashed sandwich. Very unique taste. The bread kind becomes a dough again lol


Yeah, with peanut butter and honey it's the bomb. I usually kinda press them down to get that thinner doughy texture. Did it like two hours ago actually. Is it time for another sandwich?


Q-tips. The only thing are used for is the one thing you are explicitly told not to use them for.


They were totally invented for that reason and then medical professionals were like “hey please don’t do that it could hurt you” so the companies were like “hey we don’t wanna get in trouble for that so we gonna continue to sell them, knowing people will continue to use them that way but just tell them not too.” Also does anyone else’s ears itch after this thread. Gosh I miss cleaning the inside of my ears… Edit: to clarify I still have ears I just miss the satisfaction of pulling gunk out with qtips but it’s not actually necessary and I’d rather not screw up and bust an ear drum (some of these responses remind me of why I don’t use qtips anymore)


Out of interest, do they have a new intended purpose printed on the box or something or are they just selling you sticks with cotton on them "for no reason at all"? Edit: Cheers for all the replies! I'm going to start my own mantis gladiator games!


They try to push it towards makeup and mani/pedis… and even have a disclaimer that you do not stick them in your ears.


To be fair, they’re pretty damn useful for makeup and nails.


Yes, a really small and often easily overlooked disclaimer, usually in a spot where almost nobody will ever read. You know, so they keep selling them as ear cleaners and cover their asses in case of someone injuring themselves enough to then actually try to sue the cotton swab maker. Example, the box of Q-Tip brand cotton swabs I have next to me has the disclaimer on the side label and underneath customer service info like the company's address and legal info.


>Yes, a really small and often easily overlooked disclaimer, usually in a spot where almost nobody will ever read. “But the plans were on display…” “On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.” “That’s the display department.” “With a flashlight.” “Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.” “So had the stairs.” “But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?” “Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”


I only use them in my ears to clear water after showering. Both outside and just inside my ears. Edit: I feel like I should clarify, I have a lot of ear. I inherited them from the men in my family. Edit 2: y’all really struggle with sarcasm… and reading comprehension.


I do the same. I feel gross if I don't clean/dry them after a shower.


Trivia that is uselessly occupying my brain space: The original name for Q-tips was "Baby Gays"


Studfinders and EM meters used to hunt ghosts.


I mean, how many ghosts are studs? Most of them are probably ugly as fuck. That’s why you never find ghosts. They’re always using studfinders. Studs are rare in life. Imagine what it’s like in death!


Remember when MTV was a music television?


TLC used to be The Learning Channel, now it's trash reality TV


Remember when Discovery was educational channel and not just trucks and auctions?


And the History channel used to be about history and not alien conspiracy theories?


And national geographic had documentaries about animals


AMC, A&E, Bravo, VH1, BET, Animal Planet, Travel, Headline News, SyFy... The list of channels that used to have good programming and forgot their purpose is too long. About the only channel I can think of that has stayed completely true to it's original purpose is TCM. And I **love** TCM.


PBS is probably still showing the same shows, sesame street, joy of painting and antique roadshow.


Fuck yeah PBS hold the line


Now they only broadcast Catfish and Ridiculousness


Watching MTV is some of my fondest childhood memories. I'm 44! When I was a teenager it was the best!!!


The jokes about MTV being about everything but music are now older than the period of time they actually played only music.


Fuck this is a timeline accurate joke and a gut punch for some reason


Super glue was meant to be a temporary method of stitching a wound. It was used that way during the Vietnam War. Tell people today to super clue their cuts shut, however, and most will think you're crazy


Pretty sure hospitals still use it right? Just medical grade ones


Veterinarian here. We use it all the time. "Vetbond" is just cyanoacrylate super glue.


And super fucking expensive right


$80 for a single use vial if I recall correctly. Although I think that’s what the hospital buys them for so there’s gonna be a massive markup when it’s put onto you


Dermabond. It’s nice because you can take a shower as opposed to having a bulky dressing with gauze etc. that can’t get wet.


My grandmother got bitten by our dog like a month ago, doctor cured her with dermabond and I am still amazed of how well the wound healed and how easy it was to take care of it.


Had knee replacement surgery . 18 inch long cut with only four stiches used. The remainder was super glue. I swear it was witchcraft until the nurse explained it to me.


I had a c section and there were no stitches on the outside. Dissolvable stitches inside and essentially super glue outside


They tend to use it on smaller, shallow cuts and on younger patients. My nephew had a cut superglued shut when he was learning to walk.


Yup they do, although I believe that the only difference is that it stings less


You missed a step. Super glue was supposed to be used as a plastic to make transparent gun sights during ww II. The problem was that it was too adhesive, it just glued the molds together and they couldn't get the parts out without destroying them. That is when they realized they had invented a glue rather than a transparent plastic.


But that is where it stopped. It was abandoned and not commercialized. A decade or so later it was reinvented independently and that's when it took off as a glue.


I used it to close a 1” cut over my eye about 15 years ago. Worked really well and didn’t scar much at all.


Bubble wrap was invented as fancy wallpaper.


What? It must have been stronger, else it would deflate/pop and not last very long


I totally picture myself running towards the wall just to pop those pleasant bubbles with my whole body.


That made my shiver in a good way.


Can you imagine repapering your whole house every few weeks just because your child popped the entirety of it again?


Nah, not the entirety again. Just as high as the little shit can reach. So you just gotta flip it. Get twice the usage!


Gloveboxes were originally meant to store gloves because people used to drive with gloves on for some reason.


> because people used to drive with gloves on for some reason. Because steering wheels used to be made of wood.


video games are meant to be fun but people play league of legends edit: stop giving me internet money the notification box scares me


Leauge players would argue back with you, but they're too busy blaming each other for suboptimal play.


Listen man, all you had to do was flash qeqwqeq combo and we had that play!


Found the ryze player




League players will absolutely agree, and then proceed to play the game. Source: am a league player


Aha this made me smile slightly


Not sure if this would count or not, but I thought of Pedialyte. Originally supposed to be for dehydrated babies, but adults use it now to fight hangovers.


Now I've seen it advertised for adults on tv. Must have expanded the market


I was a heavy drinker 20+ years ago and Pedialyte was my go to. Told all my drinking buddies about it. Skip the Gatorade and go right to the Pedialyte. Laughed my ass off when I saw a commercial for it recently marketing it to drunks. Glad I don't have to buy Pedialyte anymore, though. Finally figured out that the best cure for a hangover is to not drink.


Those "tobacco use only" shishas.


Tobacco use only anything


Right? That’s so ridiculous. Has anyone *ever* smoked tobacco out of a bong? As a former cigarette smoker, I gotta say that would probably make the average person vomit.


Yes they do just that in Vietnam. Guys just squatting on the street corner smoking tobacco out of a bamboo bong.


and you pass out from the nicotine rush


Definitely not ignored. Whole swathes of the world use hookahs for tobacco, as did kids in my American university. Using it for weed really isn't that great.


Pretty sure WD-40 was the 40th iteration of a formula intended for use as a **W**ater **D**isplacer to protect missiles and similar munitions from corrosion during storage.


Yup. It's not patented because the formula is a secret I believe.