Ten Inventions That Were Created Bymistake
Chewing gum, also known as Bubble gum in some parts of the world was actually a result of an unsuccessful attempt to replace rubber. Thomas Adams was attempting to create a natural latex option to replace rubber (but somewhat unsuccessfully). He randomly put the substance in his mouth and found that it was very fun to chew on. He added flavors to the substance and called it 'chewing gum' in 1888.
#9 Corn Flakes
Most of us can not even imagine our breakfast without this. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and Dr. William Keith Kellogg were dietitians that believed plainer tasting foods were the key to preventing and decreasing sexual urges. One day, they were experimenting with wheat and accidentally left a batch out, causing it to go stale. They still used the wheat and rolled it out on a flat surface, making thin Corn Flakes that we know and love today. We all should cherish this mistake.
#8 Microwave ovens
Microwave ovens were a very revolutionary invention that was actually a mistake. Percy Spencer was conducting a radar-related research project with a new vacuum tube. During his research he realized that the candy bar in his pocket began to melt during his experiments. He then put popcorn into the machine, and when it started to pop, he knew he had a revolutionary device on his hands. And this is how Ovens came.
#7 Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies were actually a very delicious mistake made by Ruth Graves Wakefield when she was trying to create a chocolate dessert. When she discovered that she was running low on chocolate, she decided to use small chocolate chips but was disappointed when the chips did not melt along with the rest of the chocolate. It was for this very reason that chocolate chips became a hit later.
#6 Artificial Sweeteners
This substitute of sugar is a mistake that was made in the year 1879. Chemist Constantin Fahlberg, came across this invention by accident when he forgot to wash his hands after working with coal tar and went home to eat dinner. He noticed that everything he ate tasted sweet, and he soon figured out that this was because of the saccharin which is now used all over the world as a substitute for sugar.
#5 Women's Sanitary Pads
The pads the are used by women today were actually used for some other purpose earlier. Initially, the pads were called "Cellucotton" and were used to dress soldiers' wounds until the Red Cross nurses discovered that they made great feminine pads. The brand Kotex was marketed towards women and created in 1920.
This drink is divine to so many people. There is no certainty as to who created this fermented drink, but a strong theory suggests that it was caused by a weather change. Since wine fermentation is based strongly with temperature and weather, the significant climatic change that occurred in the 1940's, affected the wine making process. The drop in temperature did not let the yeast completely ferment the grape juice into its second stage and carbon dioxide formed in the drink, now known as champagne.
#3 LSD as a drug
LSD is actually banned in many parts of the world. Albert Hofmann, a chemist was researching lysergic acid derivatives in a laboratory in Basel, Switzerland. Hofmann unintentionally swallowed a small amount of LSD while researching its properties and had the first acid trip in history.
#2 Potato Chips
We love potato chips. We eat them almost all the time. These were originally known as Saratoga chips because they originated from Saratoga Springs, New York. The potato chip was created when a customer complained that his fried potatoes were too thick and soggy and enraged Chef George Crum. In his fit of anger, the chef went to the extreme opposite and sliced his potatoes super thin and fried them for too long, after which he covered them with salt and served them to the complaining customer. To his surprise the customer loved them and asked for more
Can any one tell us a better mistake than this? When pharmacist John Pemberton created the concoction, he meant for it to be used to cure his own headaches. The recipe that is guarded very closely to this day is the result of a pharmacist dumping together a mess of ingredients that happened to taste so good.
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