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Inventions That Are Now Used for Something Other Than Their Intended Purpose

People are pretty great at finding alternate uses for things. Sometimes it's some military invention that gets re-marketed as a household convenience, sometimes it's a reflection of changing times, and sometimes its people realizing it's fun to shoot at each other using a paint-launching logging device. Here are some cool and interesting inventions.

Things that are used today for a different use that they were invented | posted by Vyzantinist High-heeled shoes. They were originally men and used horse riding, as heels were supposed keep feet more secure stirrups. Now, they're just fancy women's shoes.
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Tumblr Thread About Horrifying Monster Mold

So, the Elephant's Foot mold sounds like some sort of mythological Medusa-level monster. Sounds to me like a big heap of forbidden pudding. Seriously, no thank you. Here's to hoping we don't find ourselves one day in the future, being enslaved by black mold overlords. 

A quick Tumblr thread shares the story of a terrifying monster mold in Chernobyl | Text - The image is of a reactor core lava formation in the basement of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. It's called the Elephant's Foot and weighs hundreds of tons, but is only a couple meters across. Oh, and regarding the Medusa thing, this picture was taken through a mirror around the corner of the hallway. Because the wheeled camera they sent up to take pictures of it was destroyed by the radiation. The Elephant's
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Twitter Users Share Most Memorable Moments From Last Decade

Various Twitter users are sharing what they believe to be the most memorable moments from the past decade. From things like the unbelievably cute and viral sensation that has been "Baby Yoda" to the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series. It's been a hell of a ride. This is the first glimpse we're getting of people looking back at the last decade. But rest assured, we'll have plenty more lists filled with nostalgia coming your way soon.

A collection of Twitter users share what they think are the most memorable moments from the last decade.
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The Very Fast Story of The First Soldier To Take Way Too Many Military Grade Amphetamines

Correction and clarification here, he didn't go on a killing rampage or really terrorize the soviets, but our boy did do the rest of that shit. According to Wikipedia, Aimo Koivunen found it too difficult to undo one tablet with his gloves, so he just took them all. Bad idea. The resulting few weeks are inadvisable for any human being to put themselves through. And while none of this is advisable or good, it is really damn interesting. Tumblr has a way of making history fun.

Tumblr history of Finnish soldier who took too many emergency amphetamines and went on a rampage.
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Tumblr Uncovers the Legend of The Fastest Manhole Cover Ever

This story is about a particular event that took place during the nuclear testing of Operation Plumbbob. Officially, the steel plate that popped off was never seen from again, but the calculations point to there being enough energy in that metal cap to escape the earth's atmosphere, and it's been an urban legend/mystery ever since. Tumblr finds some interesting and fun history stuff, like the first soldier to take way too many military grade amphetamines.

fastest moving manhole cover record
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Tumblr Thread Drops Impressive Lyrical Flow On Historical Concept Of Purple

Something that we're consistently amazed by is the ability of people on Tumblr to make history fun and interesting. Like most Tumblr gems, this one started with a small observation on the color of violets, and kind of spiraled into this whole other historical rhyming, calligraphy thing.

Poetic Tumblr thread about historical concept of purple
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Historical One-Liners That Left Their Mark For Eternity

Let the record show that people have always been mean bastards. Some more mean than others. This whole lot is a collection of some pretty dang sick burns. 

A collection of comebacks from historical figures that were just plain mean.
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People Share What's Normal In Their Countries And Weird In Others

It's a humbling and startling moment when you get out in the world, far outside your comfort zone, and in a foreign land with its own set of cultural norms. You never know what might be totally normally in your country, and considered absolutely bizarre in a different country. 

A collection of people sharing what's normal in their countries, and weird to other countries.
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Guy Does Math On How Strong Officials Say Weed Is Now

Every few years, government officials and experts come out and try to say how weed is 10 or 20 times stronger than it was a few years ago. Even using some grade school math, we're left with pretty astronomical figures on how potent weed is supposed to be. Activist and author  Dana Larsen put together a short thread on how strong it would have to be today if everyone had been telling the truth.

Guy compares strengths of weed through time and does the math to see how strong officials claim weed to be.
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Twitter User Tells Story Of The Most Successful Slave Revolt In U.S. History

This is the story of Abaco, The Bahamas, and what is arguably the most successful slave revolt in U.S. history. Twitter user @michaelharriot, does a kickass job at breaking down the rich historical knowledge in this story, in a way that really keeps the reader engaged and entertained. 

Twitter user tells the story of the most successful slave revolt in US history.
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15 People Share Strange and Insane Chains of Events from History

One thing leads to another. Sometimes one small change, like the death of one noble or the  use of some kind of pesticide, can cause unintended consequence that reverberate throughout time and space. A lot of this stuff has ramifications to this day. Sometimes they end with a great big historical "F*ck you".

Strange chains of events from history.
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