12 Things That Are Not Used For What They Were Meant For

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Some genius inventions were created by chance, and some were meant for absolutely different purposes but were given a new life.
Perhaps you believe that umbrellas have been invented to hide from the rain? If so, you will be so surprised while watching this video! We have found a few things that were used very differently in the past.

TIMESTAMPS
Beer Mat 0:46
Tea 1:43
The writing and reading system for the blind 2:30
M&M's candies 3:15
Balloon animals 3:59
Umbrellas 4:36
Hoods 5:51
Cognac 6:24
Standard Windows games 7:25
A loop at the back of a shirt 8:06
The blue part of an eraser 9:00
The 5th pocket in jeans 9:45

SUMMARY
- Do you know that this thing has a name: bierdeckel? This word of German origin can be translated as "beer top." This item was created in the 19th century in restaurants with summer terraces.
- Nowadays, many people can't imagine their day without a cup of tea. But a long time ago in China, tea was used as a tonic drug. What is more, people mostly chewed, not drank it.
- In 1808, Captain Charles Barbier created the "night alphabet." This was a special system for the military that allowed people to code messages and read them at night.
- Surprisingly, these candies were created for the military during World War II. The plain chocolate melted in the sun, but these candy-coated sweets didn't.The candy entered the mass market only at the end of the 1940s. Do you remember their motto "Melts in your mouth, not in your hand"? This is why it was created.
- To make such balloons, they blew air into the intestines of animals (using the bladder in particular) and tied them with threads made from plants. Sounds yucky and evokes a logical question: who would want to blow such a balloon up?
- When in 1750, a man was seen on the streets of London with an umbrella on a rainy day, the general public was shocked. Despite the abuse, Jonas Hanway, being an eccentric person, kept using his umbrella.
- Different nations around the world have some sort of hoods. However, this detail of clothing became famous thanks to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. They also got their name from the French name for a hood: capuchon.
- The wine of the Charante region started to sell poorly after the Hundred Years' War ended. Only Dutch sailors who sailed to Northern Europe bought this wine to sell at their final destination. However, wine couldn't stay fresh during such a long trip.
- At the beginning of the 1990s, when the world had first seen Windows 3.0, many people didn't know how to use a computer mouse. Free Cell was meant to teach people how to do it correctly.
- A student who studied at an American university cut off this loop to show that he was dating a girl, and the girl was meant to wear the scarf of his college.
- The red part could have left stains on the paper, but the blue part did the job perfectly. So, which side of an eraser you used depended completely on the type of the paper.
- The 5th pocket first appeared in 1873 in Levi's jeans, and it was used to carry a pocket watch. Even today this pocket is called the "watch pocket" in their catalogs and is measured specifically to be able to accommodate the watch of size 16.

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