Over on Reddit, people are sharing the dark and twisted history of everyday objects, and some of the responses are a little appalling. Did you know the dark uses of a charcuterie board? Or how decaf coffee came into being? The answers might shock you.
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The Many Purposes Of Lysol
From Redditor u/SidAndFinancy:
Lysol was [once] marketed as a feminine hygiene product.
From Redditor u/MistahFrodo:
Did a brief search on this, and "feminine hygiene" was apparently a euphemism for birth control when it was illegal to use birth control. It was marketed as safe and gentle, even though it was much stronger than the Lysol we use today. The Lysol was corrosive to sperm, but at the same time, it damaged tissue inside of women and caused many deaths.
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Chainsaws Were Invented To Help With Childbirth
From Redditor u/Environmental-Fix-71:
The chainsaw was originally introduced to help during childbirth.
Two doctors invented the chainsaw in 1780 to make the removal of pelvic bone easier and less time-consuming during childbirth. It was powered by a hand crank and looked like a modern-day kitchen knife with little teeth on a chain that wound in an oval.
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The Speculum Was Tested On Women Without Their Consent
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Treadmills Were Designed As Torture Device
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An Ingredient In Plastic Was Once Used To Treat Menopause
From Redditor u/Environmental-Car481:
Bisphenol A (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 ... it was banned in baby bottles in the US, and pretty much [banned] in use at all in other countries.
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Protective Seals On Medications Are Due To A Madman