10 Accidental Inventions

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in Science

Accidents are the mothers of invention, at least in these 10 instances.
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Male 526
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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Female 399
lol @ "frozen ice."
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Male 2,790
meh
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Male 1,803
post it notes?
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Male 14,331
They left out Laminated glass.
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Male 1,197
they should have had stainless steel instead of velcro ... that didnt seem like an accident at all
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Male 2,033
Velcro doesn`t really belong here at all.
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Male 12,365
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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Male 335
Sure, like 1905 was the first time somebody "discovered" frozen juice?
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Male 3,646
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.
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Male 670
great music
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Male 1,920
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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Female 1,008
Here are two more:
The post-it note
Cheese
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Male 1,920
"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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Male 1,582
Love all time 10s
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Male 312
None of these were really discovered, they were all invented.
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Female 2,927
they forgot about the chocolate chip cookie.
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Male 876
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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Male 4,793
I always thought the slinky was a by-product of machining a certain car part... guess not?
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Male 25,416
I thought velcro was from aliens... i was wrong obviously!
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Male 2,199
damn you beat me to it
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Male 260
shouldn`t the morning after pill be on here?
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Male 2,199
technically velcro wasn`t accidental... he was inspired by nature
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Female 455
I wouldn`t call velcro accidental. Inspired in an unexpected way, but not accidental.
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Female 8,043
Link: 10 Accidental Inventions [Rate Link] - Accidents are the mothers of invention, at least in these 10 instances.
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