The history of contemporary culture is littered with institutions and things that have been adapted from earlier institutions and things, & in many instances the adaptation represents a startling departure from its original use.
Consider the rotisserie. It maybe part of your kitchen equipment (it is certainly a mainstay at 71 Woodbury Hill). Now delve into the history of this kitchen appliance and one unwraps its inspiration! Not well known, but the design for the rotisserie traces back to the torture cellars of the Spanish Inquisition.