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IN Science & Technology ON 20 Nov, 2014
Did you know that some of the most important inventions were made out of mistakes which includes pacemaker and life saving drug Penicillin. Fascinating, isn't it?
As you already are here, that means you really are fascinated with them.
Well, let me sort this mistry for you.
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Thomas Adams wanted to make a substitute for rubber which can be used for tires. He tried to formulate the chicle but he ended up inventing a gum.
John Hopps was conducting a research on hypothermia and he tried to use radio frequency to restore the body temperature. During his research he found that if heart stopped beating due to cooling, it can be started again by stimulation. That lead to invention of Pacemaker.
Yeah, you read it right. Sir Alexander Fleming wanted to make a "magic drug" which can cure all of the diseases. After trying for many days, he was disappointed and threw away all of his experiments. Later, he realized that the petri dish contained a mold which was dissolving all the bacteria around it. He created his own mold and it was a strong antibiotic and today we call it Penicillin!
The story behind the invention of potato chips is most interesting. George Crum, a chef at a hotel in Saratoga Springs was making a plate of fried potato. One day a customer sent his plate back again and again. He wanted potatoes to be more fried and thinner. Crum got angry and he cut insanely thin slices and fried them till they became hard as rock. Surprisingly, the customer loved it and asked for more and today we all love it.
While researching lysergic acid derivatives in Switzerland, Albert Hoffman accidently swallowed a small amount of LSD and he got his first acid hit.
Ruth Wakefield was making regular chocolate cookies but she ran out of Baker's chocolate. She broke sweetened chocolate into little pieces and added them into the dough. She thought that the chocolate will melt but it didn't and that's how chocolate chip cookies was born. Oh, ruth we love you :D
Spencer Silver had to invent a strong adhesive to be used in aerospace industry. He made an adhesive which was weaker than the earlier existing ones. It can be used anywhere and it left no mark. Years later, one of his colleague used that adhesive on the papers and sticky notes were born.
Richard Jones, a naval engineer was trying to develop a motor which can control the power of naval battleships. Jones was working with springs when one of them fell to the ground and it kept on bouncing. This is how Slinky was born.
Kotex was actually made for dressing soldiers' wounds. It was known as cellucotton earlier.
Coca cola was invented as an alternative to morphine addiction to treat headaches. It was registered as a drug when it was made. Later, it was registered as a beverage.
Wilhelm Roentgen was interested in studying the properties of cathode ray tube. Shining light was passed through the tube and he noted fluorescent papers were illuminated, even when machine had an opaque cover.
Harry Brearley tried to create a fusion of stainless steel for weapons but he ended up making other things.
The original purpose of Viagra was to treat angina.
In 1943, Silly Putty was accidentally invented by James Wright while working in General Electric's laboratory. He was trying to invent a substitute for synthetic rubber.
A cook in China simply experimented in his kitchen. He unintentionally mixed sulphur, charcoal and saltpeter. The mixture bursted when it was compressed in a bamboo tube and we loved it.