It is commonly believed that the keys of the keyboard that is used globally today are arranged in such a haphazard manner because in the earlier times the keys of the typewriters used to get jammed easily, especially if two keys next to each other were pressed in quick successions. Thus, to minimize the problem, the alphabets were arranged randomly which also would slow down the typing speed. It was supposed to be a temporary fix, but even after mechanisms were developed that eliminated the jamming problem, QWERTY keyboard remained in use and has now become a permanent thing. Though many have raised questions towards the authenticity of this story lately, here are but 6 more temporary things that became permanent in the long run though they were never intended to.
1. Eiffel tower was supposed to be taken down after 20 years
Eiffel tower, the landmark of Paris and one of the most recognizable figures in the entire world, was but supposed to be up only for 20 years after which it was meant to be dismantled. It was built for a proposed World’s Fair to be held in commemoration of the centenary celebration of the French Revolution. But since it was equipped with a radio antenna and a wireless telegraph transmitter, the French government at the end of the 20 years found it too useful to be torn down and let it remain. Today, the 130 years old structure needs to be painted after every 7 years so that it doesn’t gather rust and is the most visited paid monument in the world.
2. The reservation of constituencies in India was meant to be withdrawn after 10 years
When India got her independence from the clutches of the British Empire in the year 1947, in an attempt to attain fair representations of candidates in the parliament from all the corners of the country, a provision was made to reserve constituencies on the basis of castes and tribes which was supposed to be withdrawn at the end of 10 years but it continues till today. Yes, several governments did try to bring changes to it but failed every time and several saw it as an opportunity to garner votes. What was supposed to be a temporary fix has become permanent. It needs to be mentioned here that though reservation of constituencies was meant to be only for 10 years, there was never a time limit for reservations in educational sectors and job opportunities in existence today.
3. London Eye was proposed to be removed after 5 years
Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel London Eye, much like the Paris’s Eiffel Tower, was supposed to be up only for 5 years. It was officially inaugurated on December 31, 1999 and was opened to the public in March 2000. In July 2002, however, it was given a permanent license and since then it has been UK’s most popular paid tourist attraction and more than 3.75 million people each year visit this. It has 32 capsules but is numbered 1 to 33 because there is no capsule numbered 13 as this number is often referred as unlucky. It was built to celebrate the culmination and beginning of millenniums. London now is incomplete without London Eye.
4. The color of the Golden Gate Bridge was actually meant to be only a primer
The Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic monuments in all of San Francisco, was not supposed to be ‘international orange’ but rather it was planned to be painted in red and white for better visibility of the bridge. But when the steel arrived in San Francisco, it was coated in a hue of burnt red and orange, which was actually a primer to keep the steel from rusting. When consulting architect Irving Morrow saw the colour, he liked it so much that he decided that the bridge should be painted in the same hue. He realized it matched the surrounding and looked brilliant against the blue sky and water.
5. Germany’s constitution should have been dissolved after the unification of its two parts
After the defeat of Germany in the Second World War, the country was divided into two parts i.e., East Germany and West Germany. The East Germany was controlled by the Soviet while the West was controlled by US, Britain, and France. The constitution that binds present day Germany was but a temporary constitution that was written for the West Germany and it was clearly mentioned in it that once Germany is united again, the constitution would become void. But contrary to that, when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, both parts of the country joined together via Article 23 of the constitution of West Germany and the temporary constitution with slight adjustments was adopted permanently.
6. Band-Aid was invented just to help one person to cover her wounds easily
Earle Dickson when got married to the love of his life Josephine Knight, he came to know about a side of her that worried him much. She was extremely prone to accidents. Within a week, she cut herself several times while working in the kitchen while Earle would be out in his office. When he would come back, he would take care of her cuts. Tired, one day he sat with a pair of scissors, tapes and gauze. He cut the tapes in strips, applied gauze in the middle of each strip and stored them so that whenever his wife would cut herself again, she could quickly take one strip and cover the wound without much hassle. The company where he worked, Johnson & Johnson, soon learnt about this and adopted the idea for mass production and thus Band-Aid was born. Later, Earle Dickson went on to become the Vice President of the company- all because of his accident-prone wife and his love for her.
Aren’t these temporary things that became permanent simply amazing?