10 Accidental Inventions That Became Hugely Popular

Accidents have a tricky way of happening to the best of us. Successful people have to deal with failure after failure before they are able to truly reach the top in their field - they're the things th

Accidents have a tricky way of happening to the best of us. Successful people have to deal with failure after failure before they are able to truly reach the top in their field - they're the things that shape them, and all of us, into the people we are and will become. Choosing to look at these accidents as another way to the right outcome helps to make the proverbial lemonade - accidents don't have to be bad things.

There are many times when an accident actually turns out to be a great success. There are time when one door closes, and another one opens, revealing surprise stepping stones to greater success. It is accidents and mistakes that make us, and bring us more success than we ever knew was possible.

This is especially true in the world of inventions. There are many inventions out there that were a result of calculated experiments and persistence, but there are at least as many that started off as a mistake. There are many inventions out there that we use everyday that we may never know of if these inventors didn't look at their mistake as a success. Here in this article we will go over some of the most influential accidental inventions that changed the world that we live in today.

10 Penicillin

In 1929, Alexander Fleming accidentally created a drug that has saved countless lives: Penicillin. After a vacation, Alexander Fleming returned to find a petri dish full of bacteria with mold on it. He discovered that this mold was actually killing the bacteria. This accidental discovery went on to be one of the greatest antibacterial drugs in the world.

9 The Microwave Oven

The microwave oven has revolutionized the way we cook and eat. It allows us to heat frozen dinner and leftovers at the push of a button, and many of us wouldn't know a life without conveniences like microwaveable popcorn or instant oatmeal.

8 Plastic

Plastic is quite possibly one of the most widely used accidental inventions of our time, used in everything from toys to aerospace technology.

7 Play-Doh

Play-Doh is one of the favorite toys of young children, and has been for many years. The funny thing is that it wasn't always a toy for kids.

6 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toll House cookies are some of the most delicious chocolate chip cookies out there, but many do not know where the name originates from.

5 Potato Chips

George Crum was a restaurant owner in the late 1800s, a hardworking man who had the displeasure of serving snooty upper class customers who would come in and drive him up the wall.

One wealthy customer would always complain that the french fries were cut too thick. He would continually send them back to the kitchen time and time again. One day, George had just about enough of this. He cut the potatoes as thin as he possibly could, and then left them in the frier for as long as he thought it would take to ruin them and make them inedible. When he took out the overcooked thin french fries, he then soaked them in what he considered to be an unbearable amount of salt.

4 Post-it Notes

Post-it Notes are something that we use on a regular basis, yet many people do not know that they were created simply as an application for a new adhesive that had been discovered. Spencer Silver was a chemist working for the company 3M in the 60s.

3 Slinky

The Slinky is a simple toy, but it's stuck around for a long time. It has been a mainstay at Christmas time and birthdays for many decades, and even adults get a bit of a thrill out of seeing a coil of metal slinking its way down a flight of stairs. The slinky was, however, not originally meant to be a toy.

2 Super Glue

Super Glue is a well known adhesive, as famous for the cartoon gags it appears in as it is for its ability to stick things together really well. For many repairs, all that is needed is a small dot of superglue and the job is complete.

Harry Cover was not looking to make a super adhesive when he discovered this glue. Cover was simply looking to make plastic lenses for gun sights. Luckily, others thought that this sticky glue would make a great product and it was later market as the super glue that we know today.

1 Viagra

Probably one of the most well known accidental inventions out there is Viagra. We all know what it does, and for those that need it, it is a gem. However, the chemists who created Viagra were originally just looking for a drug to help with hypertension and heart disease.

During testing, the chemists didn't see any promising results in correlation to heart disease or hypertension, but they found some pretty promising results in other areas of the body. This drug has now extended the intimacy of couples into a much older age, as well as granted new hope to men with any number of conditions leading to erectile dysfunction. It might seem like a trivial product to some, but it's a pretty big deal for the people who need it.

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