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The creative process is way more complicated and convoluted than the history books and talk shows let on. Products go through an insane amount of iterations before they reach their final form, and sometimes they wind up utterly unrecognizable when they finally hit the shelves. So we asked readers to dig into everyday products and find their truly bizarre histories.

The winner is below, but first, the runners-up:

Entry by Buttersnix

Warfarin is an anticoagulant used to treat blood clots and prevent new ones from forming. It was originally used as rat poison after several coWs died

Entry by memegod

Wifi was actually made to detect exploding mini black holes. Stephen Hawking predicted that mini black holes released some radio waves when they vanis

Entry by Maclise

Bendy straws were popularized in hospitals, where they made drinking easier for sick and disabled people. Joseph B. Friedman invented them after seein

Entry by Maclise

Nike's raised sneaker treads were invented with a waffle iron. Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman realized the pattern left by his waffle iron would make f

Entry by PookieJones

Nutella was the solution to the utala cocoa shortage during t ervt nutella WWil. PERRERO ige Mixing cocoa with hazelnuts and milk created a chocolate

Entry by E. J. Diaz

The $2 Microwave! Percy Spencer, the guy that discovered the Microwave back in 1945, got paid only one or two ID dollars for the patent. It was the ba

Entry by Tron69

Artificial christmas trees are basically big toilet bowl brushes. Addis Housewares company had been manufacturing toilet brush cleaners for years befo

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