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The familiar things around us were created for a number of different purposes before they are used as they are today, do you believe? Let’s discover interesting facts about them together!
Coca-Cola was invented by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton. Initially, Coca-Cola was produced with the aim of reducing morphine addiction, treating headaches and reducing anxiety. He has been tinkering and experimenting, successfully making a syrup that is as black as coffee. This syrup taken with cold water will reduce headaches and increase refreshment.
Pemberton retained this patented formulation, only knowing that the most important ingredient of this drink contained a certain percentage of the essential oils extracted from the fruit and leaves of the Kola plant. This plant is found only in the tropical jungles of South America and contains significant amounts of cocaine and caffeine.
So the drug works to refresh, fight headaches, and fatigue. The name Coca-Cola is also derived from that. Pemberton has replaced the letter “K” with the letter “C” to look easier and more familiar.
In the US, Kotex was founded by Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1920. When the war intensified, cotton became scarce, so Kimberly-Clark created Cellucotton wood pulp, which was used as a sponge in bandages, filter in poison masks and filler for coats. When America entered the war, Kimberly-Clark firmly decided that it would sell Cellucotton nonprofit to the Red Cross.
When the war came to an end, Cellucotton’s 750,000-pound (more than 340-kg) order was canceled without penalty even though Kimberly-Clark had fulfilled part of the order. Worse still, the military also got a large amount of Cellucotton in excess and started selling it to civilian hospitals at low prices to the bottom, killing the market. The company struggled to find ways to consume Cellucotton.
One of Kimberly-Clark’s wartime nonprofit clients was the American Fund for the Injured in France (AFFW). An organization official learned that Kimberly-Clark’s business was badly affected by the war and sent the message: During the war, French nurses tried to use Cellucotton during the war. menstrual period and find it extremely good.
At that time, every time a woman gets a period, women use a cloth and must wash it after each use. So in early 1920, Kimberly-Clark began marketing daily tampons as Cellunaps for the first time. However, tampons were never displayed or advertised commercially until then, so they are always placed behind the counter.
The company’s marketers found that customers were ashamed to ask the drug dealer about Cellunaps because the “nap” in the name was meant to be a towel. As a result, the company decided to change the name to a meaningless one – that won’t reveal anything. The name Kotex was born from there.
In 1860, Louis Pasteur’s theory that bacteria were the cause of many infections inspired English doctor Joseph Lister. Five years later, Lister became the first surgeon to perform surgery in a sterilized chamber by crushing the disinfectant in the air. As a result, the mortality rate began to decline.
In 1876, Dr. Lister took over the work of Dr. Joseph Lawrence and Robert Wood Johnson, founder of Johnson & Johnson, to modernize surgical methods.
In 1879, inspired by Dr. Lister, Dr. Lawrence created Listerine Mouthwash, a unique antiseptic for surgery and wounds. In 1881, Lambert Pharmaceutical Co copyrighted the Listerine formula and began manufacturing and marketing. By 1914, Listerine mouthwash became the first product in the US to sell without a prescription and was marketed as an antimicrobial agent in the mouth.
4. Bubble wrap
Bubble film was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, Swiss chemist, in Hawthorne, New Jersey. They accidentally created a bubble film – something they tried to sell as wallpaper.
However, the product was unsuccessful at making wallpaper, so the team marketed it as a greenhouse insulation. Although the foam wrap was branded Sealed Air Corporation (founded by Fielding and Chavannes) in 1960, it wasn’t until a year that its use in protection was discovered.
IBM was the first company to use it to protect computers during shipping. Before that, the best material to protect the product during delivery was paper, but sometimes the ink on the paper affected the product quality. Furthermore, it doesn’t really protect the product well either.
These are just 4 of the countless interesting discoveries about the true origin of the familiar things around us. Stay tuned to make tech easier to read the next part!
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