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10 Accidental Inventions

Hits: 16288 | Rating: (2.9) | Category: Science | Added by: kitteh9lives
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PhotoKing
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 523 Posts
Saturday, February 04, 2012 8:49:40 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.

Bountykat
Female, 18-29, Southern US
 399 Posts
Saturday, January 28, 2012 11:45:38 PM
lol @ "frozen ice."

cyborg
Male, 13-17, Midwest US
 2799 Posts
Friday, January 27, 2012 8:48:48 PM
meh

Fwoggie2
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1654 Posts
Friday, January 27, 2012 12:24:07 PM
post it notes?

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 12719 Posts
Friday, January 27, 2012 5:46:12 AM
They left out Laminated glass.

Selous
Male, 30-39, Australia
 1205 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:20:44 PM
they should have had stainless steel instead of velcro ... that didnt seem like an accident at all

SlothOfDoom
Male, 30-39, Canada
 2041 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 8:30:25 PM
Velcro doesn't really belong here at all.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 8:09:19 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.

InTheNameOf
Male, 30-39, Western US
 335 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:48:58 PM
Sure, like 1905 was the first time somebody "discovered" frozen juice?

DuckBoy87
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2537 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 3:35:00 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.

Beardofzeus
Male, 30-39, Europe
 643 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:01:56 PM
great music

MrPeabody
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 1:58:55 PM
Same applies to penicillin, it was discovered that a certain type of mold killed bacteria, and was then used to develop antibiotics.

coffeekoneko
Female, 18-29, Europe
 1012 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 1:58:19 PM
Here are two more:
The post-it note
Cheese

MrPeabody
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 1:56:17 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?

Justin9235
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1582 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 1:13:38 PM
Love all time 10s

BritInvasion
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 278 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:25:21 PM
None of these were really discovered, they were all invented.

jinxiejae
Female, 30-39, Western US
 2714 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:19:23 PM
they forgot about the chocolate chip cookie.

uhmerikin
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 871 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:16:01 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.

TKD_Master
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 4827 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:55:43 AM
I always thought the slinky was a by-product of machining a certain car part... guess not?

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24108 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:52:03 AM
I thought velcro was from aliens... i was wrong obviously!

Mantistador
Male, 18-29, Western US
 2207 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:47:36 AM
damn you beat me to it

Shillier
Male, 18-29, Canada
 262 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:47:29 AM
shouldn't the morning after pill be on here?

Mantistador
Male, 18-29, Western US
 2207 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:47:09 AM
technically velcro wasn't accidental... he was inspired by nature

WolfStar
Female, 18-29, Europe
 457 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:40:11 AM
I wouldn't call velcro accidental. Inspired in an unexpected way, but not accidental.

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1286 Posts
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:07:36 AM
Link: 10 Accidental Inventions [Rate Link] - Accidents are the mothers of invention, at least in these 10 instances.


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