If you've ever been on a treadmill and thought, "This feel like torture," you're not far from the truth. In order to reform idle convicts and combat crime that plagued the Victorian era, Sir William Cubitt invented the “everlasting staircase" in 1818. The purpose was to crush their wills with the monotony and severity of hard labor. But they only wound up irreparably damaging the health of convicts.
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