There’s a lot we take for granted. Looking for information on the web, putting a load of clothes in the washer, and switching the lights on are all commonplace now, but these acts, as well as the inventions that enabled them, are not quite so straightforward. From cell phones to vacuum cleaners, which we use without much thought every day, all looked substantially different when they first came out.

Branches having frayed ends were rubbed across the teeth of cultures as far back as ancient Egyptians. Bristle toothbrushes have been used since 1498 throughout China whenever hog hair bristles were used.

History is more than what you learn in school. A lot of the things you use daily have fascinating backstories. And, on occasion, such histories are far more fascinating than anything you'll learn in class.

For instance... here are 30 illustrations that depict the surprising origin of every day goods and products when they were first introduced.

Scroll on for more surprising facts!

Entry by John E.

Before 1938, ADDIS toothbrushes were made from pig's hair or from the softer horse hair. Today, they are made from nylon. Napoleon Bonaparte's Horseha

Entry by PookieJones

BUBBLE WRAP WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WALLPAPER. Fielding and Chavannes adhered two shower curtains together to create a textured wallpaper, but it never got

Entry by LilySprite

The first potato chips were supposed to be terrible. A customer at a restaurant sent back his fried potatoes saying they were too soggy The insulted

Entry by PookieJones

W. C. Roentgen discovered Xrays in 1895. The X stands for unknown because the German scientist didn't understand what he had stumbled upon. CRACKEDC

Entry by Maclise

Early ergonomic CRACKED CON chairs were considered immoral to sit in. The introduction of ergonomic seating was widely rejected in Victorian England f

Entry by PookieJones

BRAS BECAME POPULAR BECAUSE OF A METAL SHORTAGE DURING WWI CRAG There have been many patents for bras from 1893 onward, but corsets were still the mai

Entry by LilySprite

The internet evolved from a system created as backup in case of Soviet attacks. CRAGN www. http:1 A scientist came up with the idea to send informatio

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