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Date: 01/26/12 11:25 AM

25 Responses to 10 Accidental Inventions

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    January 26, 2012 at 11:07 am
    Link: 10 Accidental Inventions - Accidents are the mothers of invention, at least in these 10 instances.
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    WolfStar Female 18-29
    455 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 11:40 am
    I wouldn`t call velcro accidental. Inspired in an unexpected way, but not accidental.
  3. Profile photo of Mantistador
    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2012 at 11:47 am
    technically velcro wasn`t accidental... he was inspired by nature
  4. Profile photo of Shillier
    Shillier Male 18-29
    260 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 11:47 am
    shouldn`t the morning after pill be on here?
  5. Profile photo of Mantistador
    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2012 at 11:47 am
    damn you beat me to it
  6. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 11:52 am
    I thought velcro was from aliens... i was wrong obviously!
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2012 at 11:55 am
    I always thought the slinky was a by-product of machining a certain car part... guess not?
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    uhmerikin Male 18-29
    876 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    For the love of God ever since I can remember I have NEVER been able to get a goddamn Slinky to flip flop it`s way down more than like two stairs.
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    they forgot about the chocolate chip cookie.
  10. Profile photo of BritInvasion
    BritInvasion Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm
    None of these were really discovered, they were all invented.
  11. Profile photo of Justin9235
    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    Love all time 10s
  12. Profile photo of MrPeabody
    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    "None of these were really discovered, they were all invented."

    Please explain how microwaves were invented vs. discovering that they can be used for cooking?
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    coffeekoneko Female 18-29
    1008 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Here are two more:
    The post-it note
    Cheese
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Same applies to penicillin, it was discovered that a certain type of mold killed bacteria, and was then used to develop antibiotics.
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    Beardofzeus Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm
    great music
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm
    I thought the microwave one was only an urban legend/rumor.

    And I thought the metal Slinkys were used as short-wave radio antenna where the soldiers would toss the Slinky over the treetops to get a signal.

    I could be wrong, but whatever.
  17. Profile photo of InTheNameOf
    InTheNameOf Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    Sure, like 1905 was the first time somebody "discovered" frozen juice?
  18. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm
    In a sense, none of them were accidental because the key point was someone seeing it and thinking "hmm, what`s happening there and can it be made useful or profitable?"

    For example, people had accidentally let bacteria cultures go mouldly before Fleming did. The key difference was that he didn`t just clean out the mouldy petri dishes and start again.

    Although you could argue that penicillin was accidentally discovered at least as far back as ancient Greece, as it was known at least that far back that a poultice made with mouldy bread would reduce the chance of a wound becoming infected.
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm
    Velcro doesn`t really belong here at all.
  20. Profile photo of Selous
    Selous Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    they should have had stainless steel instead of velcro ... that didnt seem like an accident at all
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 27, 2012 at 5:46 am
    They left out Laminated glass.
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    January 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm
    post it notes?
  23. Profile photo of cyborg
    cyborg Male 13-17
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    January 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm
    meh
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    Bountykat Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm
    lol @ "frozen ice."
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    PhotoKing Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 8:49 am
    the forgot plastic, i forget what they were going for, but they left it in a beaker over night, a cat got in the lab, knocked it over, the beaker broke, but the contents didn`t. the stuff had to catalyze first but they never left it.

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