Everyday Items With Totally Messed Up Histories:  Magnetic tape

Origin: Nazi broadcast technology

While modern technology has sprinted far ahead of this unique recording method, found in everything from reel-to-reel recorders to cassette tapes, it was state-of-the-art back when the Nazis developed it to record and rebroadcast their radio addresses. It wasn’t until the war ended that the Allies were able to bring the technology out of Germany and make it commercially viable.

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