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In 1965, a patent was filed for a “birthing apparatus” which would spin pregnant women around at as much as 7G until their baby was flung out from the centrifugal force.

In 1965, a patent was filed for a "birthing apparatus" which would spin pregnant women around at as much as 7G until their baby was flung out from the centrifugal force.

This, uh, creative childbirth aid, patented by Charlotte and George Blonsky, required a woman to be strapped onto a rotating table and spun around until the baby shot out into a cotton net. Oh, and! It was specifically designed to, among other things, concentrate “as much puke as possible in and around the mother’s face, rather than having it flung outward toward hospital staff.” Somehow, it never caught on.

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A cat co-authored a physics paper in 1975.

A cat co-authored a physics paper in 1975.

A kitty called F.D.C. Willard is called the Cat Who Published thanks to a grammatical error by his owner, Jack H. Hetherington. Hetherington had said “we” throughout his paper called Two-, Three-, and Four-Atom Exchange Effects in bcc 3He even though he was the only author. Instead of going back and changing all the we's to I's, he listed his siamese cat Chester as the co-author, and changed Chester's name to the much more professorial-sounding F.D.C. Willard.

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Cornflakes were invented to prevent masturbation.

Cornflakes were invented to prevent masturbation.

People in the 19th century had a…let's say misguided fear of masturbation, and none other than Dr. John Harvey Kellogg thought he had the answer to all of the physical destruction he thought it caused. Kellogg, who was so anti-sex that he and his wife never consummated their marriage, said a healthy diet filled with plain foods like cereal would curb sexual desire and invented Corn Flakes as part of that diet. His theory didn't quite pan out, but at least he knew a thing or two about breakfast foods.

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