Some companies spring from a single idea or a single innovation, while others take a detour.
Some of the biggest brands and biggest companies today were created from a detour.
Originally, they might have made textiles, soap or weapons. In at least one case, they were kind of a cult before planting their corporate roots.
Today, those stories have largely trailed off , and we know them as powerhouses in retail, manufacturing and technology.
Here are the unusual orgins of some big companies.
By Cindy Perman
6 May 2011