People are used to the conditions in which they live. It seems like the whole world is the same. So many oddities cause sincere bewilderment and laughter.
However when you get acquainted with the history of unusual phenomena, one is struck by was how inventive and resourceful our ancestors.
10. "Winter refrigerator" born in the USSR
In some apartments, come from the Soviet times, it is possible to detect unusual item. Namely, the niche in the wall directly under the Windows of the kitchen. This deepening winter refrigerator.
Wall blocks are very thick, and the architects came up with an original way to wrap it in favor of the person. The architects have modified this space for food storage.
Besides, this "device" does not require the cost of electricity, because the food is preserved due to the cold street. Modern masters of this niche saves space in the conventional refrigerator.
9. Garbage disposal, USSR
This thing is familiar to any resident of Russia. The garbage disposal was created for convenience to the residents threw garbage bags from the comfort of home.
The first device was designed in 1938 in Vladivostok. They were located directly in the apartments.
However, the project was not entirely successful. The garbage disposal was full of unsanitary conditions. First, they moved to the stairwell. Now the residents are asked to brew these devices.
8. Unusual keyhole, Cochem
Since the middle Ages the wine cellars of Cochem is decorated with convex patterns and grooves. However, this is done not for aesthetics.
The Germans have invested in beauty brand practical sense. The thing is that the curbs do not give "fluff" by the keyhole, what would a drunken state or was coming.
Even the drunken man easily open these doors.
7. Laid Windows, England
Those who were lucky enough to walk the streets of England, noticed that in old houses, some Windows bricked up. At this particular historical study.
At the end of the seventeenth century, the British government imposed a "window tax". In this way it wanted rich people paid more for housing. But instead, the homeowners began to lay the window with bricks and wood.
Moreover, despite the benefits, the poor also remained without light and fresh air. They are often rented housing in apartment buildings, and the owners demanded from them a separate fee for Windows.
Despite the absurdity of this law was canceled only in the mid-nineteenth century. That is, the window tax existed for over a century and a half.
6. Phoenix, Stockholm
In the center of Stockholm on the doors of some houses, hangs a medallion depicting a Phoenix. At the time this thing was very expensive, so it could afford only wealthy owners. Phoenix was purchased as "insurance".
The fact that the house was located very close to each other. Therefore, frequent fires were a real problem for the city.
During another fire, firefighters have first saved the homes where there is a medallion with a Phoenix. Building without this image put out by a residual principle.
5. The toilet in USA
American drain system often scares Europeans. For example, in the United States the water in the toilets is very high, in contrast to the European samples, where the water is at the bottom. Anyone who's not used to it, it will seem that the toilet is clogged.
In fact this is done in order not to dirty the walls of the facility. That's why Americans often do not even use the brush – this is simply not necessary.
4. A small door in Florence
Small doors in the walls of buildings, close small Windows, through which even a cat is unlikely to pass. Such a tiny door called "wine holes".
This architectural phenomenon can be found exclusively in Florence. It is, as laid Windows in England, has its prerequisites.
In the XVI century to sell wine through dealers and intermediaries has become very expensive. So the owners of the vineyards opened a wine openings leading to cellar masters. Buyers were knocking on doors, gave money and package, and received my drink.
To buy wine from the owners was much cheaper than in restaurants or on the market. So the wine holes appeared in many buildings, even in palaces. Today to purchase alcohol in this way is impossible, as all the Windows are closed or bricked up.
3. The door to the saloon
In movies about the Wild West show saloons with a small wooden door on hinges, can be opened in both directions. Many do not understand why people chose such a design.
First- for the sake of ventilation. Hanging a lattice door well contributed to this. Secondly, passers-by did not see what happened in the room. And regular customers around the world inside once understood, open a school or not.
And third doors of such structure is the "calling card" of any saloon, it makes it recognizable.
2. English cord-switch
Cord switch in the bathroom is the business card of the UK. According to the local safety standards, people who are in contact with the water should not come into contact with electrical appliances.
Familiar to us wall is of the British more fear than the Europeans. But not to turn on the light from the corridor, the British found an original way out – they installed a drawstring.
It prevents direct human contact with the switch and reduces the risk of electric shock.
1. Dairy door, America and England
These little iron door in appearance and use, very similar to wine holes.
In the twentieth century in England and America, the delivery of dairy products did the milkman. They had a lot of work. To knock to the buyers and give the goods from hands in hands, they were long and uncomfortable.
Therefore, the sellers were left in a niche of metal milk bottles, and the owners took them through a door on the other side, without leaving home. This facilitated the work and dairy producers, and consumers.