You'll never guess how these household items got their start
Sweet, Not Sour
Non-sugar sweeteners have a pretty interesting history all their own. Acesulfame potassium was discovered for its calorie-free sweetness when a scientist licked his unwashed finger to pick up a piece of paper. Aspartame came about in the same way, but he was turning a page. A student thought his teacher said, “Taste the substance,” rather than, “Test the substance,” and realized the true potential of sucralose.
Our current toothbrush bristles are made from nylon, but they used to be made from real hair like that from a pig or horse. Would you put that in your mouth?
The lighter was made before the match because lighters work with friction and matches work with chemicals. An apothecary in the 1800s was mixing certain chemicals with a wooden stick. When he tried to rub the chemicals off of the stick, it ignited.