Everyday Items With Totally Messed Up Histories:  Treadmills

Origin: Torture device


Ever been suffering on treadmill at the gym and thought to yourself, “man this machine is straight-up evil?” Well, it turns out you’re right. See, the modern-day treadmill is an evolved version of the treadwheel, which was basically an energy-producing human-sized hamster wheel that served as a form of punishment and penal labor during the early Victorian period in Britain.



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