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People Reveal The Things That Have Lost Their Original Purpose Over Time

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Over time we often discover new uses for everyday items, and the way we use things and words change.

Sometimes, it's the products themselves that change. Watches used to only tell us the time; now they can track your steps and heart rate, order you a pizza, and turn your lights on and off in your house.


Reddit user u/Westo6Besto9 asked:

"What has lost its original purpose over time?"


20.

Mothers day. Originally, Anna Jarvis wanted people to appreciate and honor their mothers, expressing their love and gratitude sentimentally. Eventually, she became resentful of the commercialization of the holiday, believing that companies had exploited the idea for profit.

-Satansdhingy

19.

An ice pick. In movies and tv its like its only purpose is for murder.

-RareHalfling

18.

the charging port for phones. now they're used to listen to music LMAO

-lilyaches

17.

Facebook. Who needs friends when you can have promoted posts and ads?

I was surprised to find posts made by my friends that I never had seen since they replaced the timeline with algorithms.

-korodic

16.

I'm pretty sure weddings weren't originally intended to be single shot $30k party to pretend like you're royalty, followed by a vacation you can't afford.

-TheBQE

15.

the word "Awful"

It was originally a positive word ("full of awe"), but later changed to be negative. Probably because of people using it sarcastically...

-High-grove

14.

Play-Doh was originally sold as wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. In the 1950s it was rebranded as the toy we all know it as today after classrooms started using it as modeling clay.

--eDgAR-

13.

Ride sharing apps. They were originally designed for carpooling. Now, they've basically become a taxi service.

-resurrect3d

12.

Flexseal.

We flexsealed this truck! Now it's a boat!

-i_love_it_mate

11.

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MTV. Teen mom, ridiculousness, all those reality shows have nothing to do with music.

-BoltzmannBrain001

10.

Cigarette lighter plugs in cars. People almost exclusively use them to charge devices rather than light cigarettes.

-PrimePacket

9.

The word "sanctimonious" used to mean holy in character. Now it means holier than thou.

-ShieldMaiden4444

Similarly, "condescending". It used mean when someone lowered themselves to someone else's station. So if a Lord or Lady was talking to a servant and spoke to them as an equal instead of as someone who beneath them in social standing.

Now it means talking down to someone and is considered an insulting thing to do.

-PmMeYourDiscordChat

8.

Cornflakes were invented as an anti-masturbatory device.

-AProcrastinatingWrit

John Harvey Kellogg thought masturbation was a sin, and reasoned it could be prevented by feeding boys boring food in order to reduce their sex drives. His other solution was circumcision, which led to the procedure's popularity in America.

-Nine_Gates

7.

The History Channel, TLC, Discovery, etc. All these channels used to be educational, but reality TV changed that.

- -eDgAR-

God, I miss when the History channel regularly had 2-3 hours programs on Ancient Rome or the Medieval period . Now it's once in a blue moon they air anything like that.

-Always_ssj

6.

Sildenafil, its original purpose was an attempt to find treatment for heart related chest pains.

Now its more commonly known by the brand name Viagra

Edit: so actually it appears its still used medically for heart related sh*t in humans and apparently dogs?

-PM__ME__STUFFZ

5.

The buttons at the ends of the sleeves of men's sport coats and suit coats. They used to actually work and you could open the ends of your coat's sleeves and roll back your sleeves!

-CarlSpencer

4.

The little pocket above your main pocket in jeans was originally meant for a pocket watch, or so I heard. I'm still not sure why they still make them with those pockets.

-AllHallowsPeeve

3.

Glove compartment! I mean, does anyone even own riding gloves anymore??

-galileos_daughter

2.

Pipe cleaners, they originally were unused to clean pipes, hence the name, now people use them for crafts and stuff like that

-SuperGiantSandwich

1.

Cell phones. Isn't a phone used to make or receive calls? Nahhh...i use mine to educate myself for hours on end. On reddit.

......I especially love hitting the decline call button because I don't want to interrupt the vast amounts of knowledge I'm gaining.

-cambria82

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