The Unexpected Origins Of Things You Use Every Day

Every time you use a piece of paper or put on a pair of heels, you don’t give much thought to where it came from. Little do you know high heels were originally made for Persian men and paper dates all the way back to ancient Egypt.

The planet and its history really will surprise you when you start to think of the origins of everyday things!


Photo Credit: Kely Sikkema / Unsplash
Photo Credit: Kely Sikkema / Unsplash

Around 3000 BC Egyptians used the long strips of papyrus plants, wove them together, and weighted them down to bind them into thin and strong sheets of paper.

Just the paper wasn’t enough. They needed something to write with, too, so for the ink, they mixed soot and other organic substances like beeswax and vegetable gum. Their paper was so durable and rot-resistant that a lot of ancient papyrus still exists today.