Behind some of the most seemingly mundane products lie some pretty good stories about how they came to be.
Potato chips resulted from a cook's moment of pique.
Kotex were first manufactured as bandages during World
The brassiere was invented by Otto Titzling.
Ivory Soap got its "float" from a manufacturing mistake.
A "worthless" glue that wouldn't stay stuck resulted in Post-it Notes.
The mother of former Monkee Mike Nesmith invented
The shopping cart was not a resounding success when first introduced.
The rounded raised markers used to enhance lane markings on California highways, Botts' Dots, were named for their inventor.
Champagne glasses were modeled on Marie Antoinette's breasts.
Cabbage Patch dolls were designed to look like survivors of a nuclear holocaust.
Graham crackers were named for a man who believed that unhealthy diets led to sexual excess.*
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McDonald's did away with its spoon-shaped coffee stirrers because people were using them as cocaine spoons.
The stethoscope was invented thanks to a doctor's modesty.
The idea for FedEx earned that company's founder a failing mark while he was college student.
Play-Doh started out as a wallpaper cleaner.