10 Accidental Inventions That Changed the World

Added by Edan Barak on Sep 10, 2018
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Potato Chips

Potato chips were invented in 1853 by George Crum. Crum experimented with wafer thin slices of potato when a customer repeatedly refused to eat his fries, because they were too thick and soggy.

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Superglue

Dr. Harry Coover accidently created a substance known as 'cyanoacrylate'. According to him it was a miserable failure. As at that time he was working to make a precision gun sight.
Later on, he found that the cyanoacrylate polymerizes when comes in contact with moisture and causes one of the strongest chemical bonds ever. So, it was the discovery of superglue.

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Microwave

Microwave radiations were discovered by Percy L. Spencer in 1945. He was walking past a radiation tube and noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket melted. Then he placed a small bowl of pop corn in front of the tube and it quickly popped. This discovery of the microwave radiation led to the invention of the microwave oven.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

According to Nestle, one day Mrs. Wakefield was making chocolate cookies when she ran out of baker's chocolate. Instead of rushing to get the baker's chocolate, she put broken pieces of semi-sweet chocolate in the batter, hoping that they will melt. But the pieces did not, and chocolate chip cookies were born. Later Mrs. Wakefield sold the recipe to Nestle.

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Penicillin

Penicillin is indeed one of the most fortunate accidents of the 20th century. This widely used anti-biotic was discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, a Scottish scientist.

One day Fleming left his working station, without cleaning it up, and went on vacation. On his return he noticed a strange blue-green mold around some of his bacterial clusters (Staphylococcus). This blue green mold was Penicillin

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