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Accidental inventions that revolutionized the world

What do we call it when a farm-boy discovers something that changes the way the world goes round while doing something purely foolish? What are those inventions that were made accidentally, and never intentionally? Read on!

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Doughnuts

Doughnuts

Mostassume that doughnuts were actually part of the Western world’s tradition food, consumed during Christian festivals and such. But gosh no, there are two real-life versions of what actually led to the making of a doughnut: a mother making something to eat for her son is what caused it all.

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Coca Cola

Coca Cola

The inventor of this drink was not a seller of sweets, and was in no way associated with confectionery, contradictory to popular belief! He was a pharmacist and invented this drink that's now loved by millions while trying to find a cure for headaches!

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Cornflakes

Cornflakes

What was intended to be an easy diet for toothless people caught up quick, and the world liked it best enough to retain and label it as everyday breakfast food. Cornflakes were born when its inventor was helping his brother to cook meals for patients. After leaving some bread dough sitting out for several hours, he found the flaky dough and decided to see how it would turn out if be baked it. And there, ta-da!

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Fries

Fries

A New York chef accidentally came up with potato chips after an annoying customer kept sending back his french fries back to the kitchen, frowning at its sogginess.

Crum sliced the fries extra thin, fried them to a crisp and drowned them in salt. What he thought would make the customer throw a tantrum actually made it rather likeable and thus, potato chips were born out of the blue!!
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Ice cream cone

Ice cream cone

Rolling up waffles and plopping the ice cream right on top and tada! The ice cream cone graced the world with its presence.

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Saccharin

Saccharin

" Constantin Fahlberg, a chemist trying to find alternative uses for coal tar, came home after a long day of work only to notice that his wife’s buscuits tasted a lot sweeter. After asking her about it he realized he hadn’t washed his hands after work, and voila!!"

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Plastic

Plastic

"A chemist, Leo Hendrik Baekeland, thought he might be able to make some money by producing an alternative. What he came up with however, was a moldable material that could be heated to extremely high temperatures without being distorted aka plastic."

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Pacemaker

Pacemaker

"Wilson Greatbatch was working on a contraption that would record human heart beats when he accidentally inserted the wrong resistor. It ended up perfectly mimicking the heart’s rhythm and thus gave birth to the first implantable pacemaker."

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Microwave

Microwave

"Every single guy in the world should be grateful to Percy Spencer, a navy radar specialist who was tinkering around with microwave emitters when he felt the chocolate bar in his pocket start melting. The year was 1945 and the world, or rather the kitchen, hasn’t been the same since."

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Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

"Harry Brearly, an English metallurgist, was hired to develop a non rusty gun barrel. Shortly after testing his creation on various corrosives, one of which was lemon juice, he realized that it wold be perfect for cutlery!"