01/26/2012 12:57 pm ET Updated Mar 27, 2012

Listerine Was Invented To Treat VD (And Other Successful Products Originally Invented For Something Else)

Most people associate Listerine with bad breath, but it was invented as a cure for gonorrhea.

That was 133 years ago, and besides being a cure for VD, it has been marketed to treat sweaty feet, colds and even as an additive to cigarettes. It was only in the 1920s that the powerful, germ-killing liquid finally landed on its most lucrative use as a magical cure for bad breath.

But Listerine isn't the only product invented for one thing that turned out to be better for something else.

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