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10 Accidental Inventions That Changed the World

Last updated on Apr 16, 2014
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There are scientists that spend their entire lives researching some minute aspect of science, never really contributing anything serious to the world, or contributing only a slight incremental innovation - and their work is lost in the haze of history. Others spend their lives in the pursuit of something big, something nobel-worthy, and, sometimes, after decades of grueling work, finally achieve it.

Then there are the lucky few who've managed to bump into a significant, industry-changing discovery entirely by accident, making a huge name for themselves, and often a nice fortune too. Lady luck can be quite a satirical lady when she wants to. These are the ten most serendipitous innovations that have changed the world.

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Ice Cream Cone

Before 1904, ice creams were only served in dishes. It was in 1904, when during the World Fair ice creams were sold in such a large quantity that the place ran out of dishes. To keep the business going, vendors started selling ice creams in thin wafers. Later cones were formed with these wafers.

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Champagne

Champagne was discovered in the 17th century when Benedictine Monk tried for at least two years to come up with a wine with bubbles. His experiments brought in one of the most unique drinks- Champagne, without which most of our celebrations are incomplete.

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