25 Everyday Innovations That Wouldn’t Be Approved Of Today

As strange as it may be to think about, there are some things that we take for granted which might not be so easily accepted by society if they were to be introduced today. A good example would be sugar. In many ways, it is worse for you than a lot of illegal drugs (like marijuana). These are 25 Everyday Innovations That Wouldn’t Be Approved Of Today.

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Leaded gasoline

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This was possibly one of the worst ideas of the 20th century.


Putting microplastics in toothpaste

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Yes, companies put microplastics in toothpaste as well as other health & beauty products which is bad for the environment and not so good for anyone else either. Luckily, there are new laws being passed against this anyway.




Imagine pitching this to somebody, “So, we’re going to have 3 teenage girls throw another teenage girl 15 feet in the air and then try not to catch her with their faces.”


Child beauty pageants

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Outside the United States, these are pretty much banned. In the places where they aren’t banned, they go by another name…auctions.




Cars have airbags, crumple zones, seat belts, side impact steel, and more. With today’s safety concerns, motorcycles would be hard pressed to find a spot on the road if they were a new thing.


Some aspects of psychology


A vast majority of our understanding of the human brain comes from unethical experiments, many performed during wartime.


Public libraries

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Borrowing from Freakonomics, it stands to reason that publishers wouldn’t be down with such a high level of information sharing.




Does this even need an explanation?


Lawn darts


These have already been outlawed in some places


Distilled alcohol


It’s pretty much 100% poison.


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There are less caustic products on the market that are only used for industrial purposes. Bleach is dangerous stuff.


If this made you think, wait until you see number 6!



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Assuming that planes, busses, and other public transport were prevalent and well developed, the idea of each person driving themselves would quite possibly come across as reckless and irresponsible. How could you keep the roads safe anymore?


Pepto Bismol

pepto bismol

Scientists aren’t even sure exactly how it works.


Free public education

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At least in the US, it is unlikely that people would be willing to pay for this. Imagine telling suburban parents that their taxes are going to fund schools in the “hood.” It would be like the healthcare debate of today.


Ironing boards

ironing board

If you have any questions about this, just look up what Brian Regan has to say about it.

Summary: It’s an unstable, top-heavy board with a scalding hot iron on it.



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Its original recipe include cocaine and cola nuts.



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It would probably be a lot more regulated and not as available to children.


Ski lifts

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It’s an elevator with no doors, and it doesn’t wait for you to get off. This is why they stopped making paternosters (open-door, multi-platform elevators that don’t stop moving).


Fire departments, interstates, and social security

fire truck

These things would be seen as being far too socialist, and people would not be in favor of paying higher taxes for them. At least not in the United States.


Refined white sugar

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It has exactly 0 nutritional benefits and is extremely addictive.




The effective dose and the harmful dose are closer to one another than in a lot of medications. In all likelihood, it just wouldn’t be over the counter if it were invented today.


American football

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Given what we know today about concussions, it would conceivably be hard to convince lawmakers that little kids should be allowed to play this sport. Of course, a lot of what we know about concussions comes from American football anyway.


Labor unions

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Corporate might take issue with this. Of course, it wasn’t like the people that started unions had it that easy. Even the government was known for killing people who tried to unionize (Ludlow Massacre).




The idea of producing a machine that allows you to end someone’s life simply by pointing it at them and pulling a lever seems like it might be a little controversial.


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