People Confess Which Everyday Things Have A Surprisingly Twisted Origin Story
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It's stuff like this which gives birth to the phrase, "This is why we can't have nice things."

Of course, you could always look past the unfortunate history almost every item possesses.

After all, it's not your fault the shoes you might be wearing were invented by Nazis or the car you're about to get into was developed by Nazis or the dealership you drive by was once run by a Japanese company who associated with the Nazis.

Manufacturing has a long, complex history.

Reddit user, Stoned_Black_Nerd, wanted to know what we use that comes from a dark place when they asked:

"What everyday item has a sick and twisted origin story?"

We don't have to know where something comes from to enjoy it.

After all, time passes, companies change hands, and the people in charge don't share the same beliefs as their predecessors.


Big Misstep There, Dr. Kellogg

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


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


"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."


The Most Kissable Lips

"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!"


Let's Overthrow This Government Then Have A Banana. Good Day.

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


"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."


Medical advancements requires years of research, experimentation, and trials done on volunteers, putting their own bodies and health on the line for the greater good of an advanced society.

Most of the time.

When You Need It Absolutely Clean, I Guess

"Lysol was marketed as a feminine hygiene product."


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


Open Wide

"The chainsaw was originally introduced to help during childbirth."




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


At What Cost Do We Find Medical Breakthroughs?

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



Just, so many things we use come from Nazis.

And cults.

That Thing Your Parent's Are Afraid Of Happening? It Happened.

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


Shave And Some Bloodletting. Two Bits.

"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."


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


War Brings About Innovation...? Sigh...

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


"Volkswagen was literally, factually founded by Hitler."


"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"


Check Your Silverware, Folks

"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."


Don't feel bad if something you use in your everyday life was on this list. Like we stated earlier, the people who are in charge of the companies and organizations are not the same as those who developed them.

Life is complicated. You shouldn't have to change your shoes.

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