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10 Inventions That Were Made By Accident

01 Apr, 2016

10 Inventions That Were Made By Accident

 

 This April Fool's day, instead of trying to trick you, we are giving you a bunch of inventions that are tricks in themselves.  These inventions were created by individuals who tricked themselves and created masterpieces by accident.  We give you 10 Inventions That Were Made By Accident. 

 

1. Fireworks- In the 10th century a Chinese cook was experimenting in the kitchen, and an explosive black powder was made. This was the early origin and beginnings of fireworks. 

    

2. Potato Chips- Chef George Crum was a chef at an elegant resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. After one customer was upset with the thickness of the fries at the restaurant, George decided to rile the customer up by slicing the potatoes extremely thin.  The plan backfired; the customer loved the thinly cooked slices, and potato chips were born. 

 

3. Post-it Notes- Spencer Silver was working with NASA to make a super strong adhesive. During the creative/inventive process he actually created a very weak and pressure sensitive adhesive. Either way, it will go down in the history books.

  

4. Super-soaker- Lonnie Johnson was working on a heat pump for refrigerators and air conditioners when he discovered that his home experimentation on nozzles would make for a great water gun 

 

5. Play Dough- In the 1930's Noah McVicker originally marketed Play Dough as a wallpaper cleaner. Yeah, you read correctly! Eventually teachers realized Play Dough was a great modeling and artistic compound. 

 

6. Super-glue- Dr. Harry Coover invented super-glue when he tried to create clear plastic gun sights. Obviously the substance he created was too sticky for that. 

 

7. Velcro- George De Mestral, an electrical engineer, was walking his dog one day when he discovered how cockleburs aligned perfectly with his dog furs. After examining under a microscope and developing stronger bonds, velcro came to existence. 

 

8. Slinky- Back in 1943, Richard James was developing a spring for a ship.  The spring accidentally fell, and kept moving.  The Slinky was born; guess who came up with the name. His wife.

 

9. Popsicle- In 1905, an 11 year old Frank Epperson left a powdered soda drink with a stir stick in it out in the cold.  The popsicle was born. 

 

10. Microwave- In 1945, Percy Spencer, an engineer, was working in a lab testing magnetrons. One day, while working near the magnetrons that produced microwaves, he noticed a candy bar in his pocket had begun to melt. Not too long after, the microwave was born.