We always imagine everything we use today was meant for us and was initially obtained after serious research and labor. However, there were some lucky accidents in human history that have produced some of the coolest and useful things we enjoy today. Can you guess some of them? here are the 10 most familiar things invented by accident
10. The Slinky
A spring fell off a nearby table and sprung way. Nothing unusual, but toymaker Richard T. James had an Evrika moment, and after tinkering with weight and proportions, he unveiled the Slinky in 1945. The initial inventory of 400 Slinkys was sold in 90 minutes at a department store demonstration. After founding James Industries, manufacturing and distributing the Slinky and other Slinky-related products continued; this is why we got to see the Slinky Dog in Toy Story.
Alexander Fleming returned from vacation in 1928 and checked his petri dishes of Staphylococcus cultures. After noticing that the bacteria failed to grow in an area where a mold, Penicillium Notatum, was growing and that a liquid emanating from the mold appeared to inhibit bacterial growth, Fleming had his assistants isolate pure penicillin from the mold and the rest is history, He published his findings in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology in June 1929.
8. Chocolate Chip Cookies
This one is pretty obvious. Proprietor of the Toll House Inn, Ruth Wakefield, decided to bake delicacies for her guests. Since she was out of baker’s chocolate while making a batch of cookies, she had no choice than to substitute pieces of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate. But, the pieces hadn’t melted into chocolate cookies, and the chocolate chip cookies were born. One delicious mistake.
Microwave technology was used during World War II for spotting Nazi planes. However, Percy LeBaron discovered during an experiment with microwave technology that his candy bar began to melt in his pocket. Further experimentation revealed that applying microwaves to food raised internal temperatures significantly faster than conventional ovens were capable of. As a result, the Raytheon company brought the Na 1161 Radarange commercial microwave to market in the mid 50s.
The story behind fireworks is that they were invented by a Chinese cook who accidentally spilled saltpeter – one of the ingredients in gunpowder – into a fire. What resulted was a dynamic and multicolored flame. It was later discovered that dumping a saltpeter mixture in a bamboo tube and lighting it produced a firework. Who knew cooking class could turn you into chemist?
Rontgen was experimenting with electrical currents and cathode-ray tubes when he discovered that barium platinocyanide inside a tube was glowing through cardboard, even though it was physically across the room from the currents. He soon realized he could capture an image of the inside of an object thanks to the waves and employed the services of his wife. Her hands became the subject of the first x-ray.
4. Chewing Gum
Thomas Aiden is responsible for that flavored gum you enjoy so much. He is the one who adde flavoring to the base substance and market it as chewing gum, selling it for a penny. He later became the first individual to mass-produce chewing gum and went on to open a factory dedicated to the purpose.
Spencer Silver was trying to develop strong adhesives for the aerospace industry, in 1968. However, he accomplished just the opposite: a weak, pressure-sensitive adhesive. The compound had little utility in the aerospace world, but the company was intrigued by the fact that it wouldn’t leave any residue on the surface it was posted on. It took them several years to realize that when the compound was applied to the back of a piece of paper, it would stick to anything and could be peeled off easily without leaving any residue behind. Welcome, Post-It.
2. Corn Flakes
In 1894, Seventh-day Adventist, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was the superintendent of The Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan. He believed that a vegetarian diet was best and that spicy and sweet foods could awaken lust and other passionate drives. I wish!
However, Kellogg and his younger brother left cooked wheat sitting out; the wheat had gone stale after a while but they put it through rollers, in an attempt to produce sheets of dough. The result was flakes, which they toasted and.. voila!
The name “Kotex” was derived from the words “cotton texture.” Kotex is a product of the Kimberly-Clark company which in 1914 was a conservative supplier of paper and developed an absorbent wadding from processed wood and dubbed it Cellucotton. Initially used for bandaging wounds in World War I, the product went on to become one of the most used commercially-made pads and tampons. Who knew?