Every product you see in the pasta aisle has its own history. Some pasta shapes, like lasagne, can be traced back centuries, while others, like cavatappi, were invented in the modern era. There were even shapes that weathered controversy before they were finally accepted into the mainstream; stroncatura fits this description. Because it was originally made from the scraps swept up from factory floors, it used to be illegal.

Those are just a handful of the pasta shapes Mental Floss's Justin Dodd explores in the latest episode of Food History. Check out the full video below to learn more about the odd etymologies, ancient recipes, and innovative designs that led to your favorite Italian noodles.

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