Have you ever wondered where the idea for a rubber glove came from? What about super glue? Or lipstick? From blue jeans to Band-Aids, watch these 10 TED-Ed Animations to find out the history behind some of your favorite everyday items.
Today, it is estimated that 50% of Americans eat at least one sandwich every day. And while it’s all but impossible to imagine a world without them, sandwiches have only been around since 1762. Jessica Oreck shares the sandwich’s seedy origin story.
Lingerie has existed for hundreds of years, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that a standardized cup sizing system was invented that changed underwear forever. Jessica Oreck traces the ‘uplifting’ origin of the modern brassiere.
Today, 96% of American consumers own at least one pair of jeans. But where did these durable duds come from? And how did they get so popular? Jessica Oreck shares the humble origins of blue jeans.
Today, lip cosmetics are a billion dollar industry, with 1 out of every 3 women claiming that they won’t leave home without applying lipstick. But how did it come to be so common? Jessica Oreck shares the wartime origins of long-lasting lipstick.
Today, super glue is a nearly indispensable household item — but its incredibly sticky nature almost caused it to be abandoned in the development phase… twice. Jessica Oreck shares the wartime origins of this sticky substance.
It is estimated that Johnson & Johnson have made an astounding 100 billion Band-Aids since they were invented in 1920. But where did the idea come from? Jessica Oreck shares the series of moments that inspired Earle Dickson to invent these popular household bandages.
Today, Americans use an estimated 500 million drinking straws every day. But where did the idea for this beloved utensil come from? Jessica Oreck shares the origins of the bendy straw.
It’s hard to imagine a modern hospital being able to function without rubber gloves — but they weren’t actually invented until 1890. Jessica Oreck shares the surprisingly romantic origin of rubber gloves.
The stethoscope is the single most widely used medical instrument in the world. But where did the idea come from? Jessica Oreck shares the modest origins of this incredibly useful item.
Each year, approximately 2 billion popsicles are sold worldwide. But where did the idea for this tasty treat come from? Jessica Oreck shares the distracted origins of the popsicle.
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