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Alexander Fleming went on a vacation half way through his experiment and left a dirty petri dish in the lab sink. when back he found bacteria grown all over the plate, except in an area where mold had formed. That’s how he invented Penicillin
In 1844 when a friend of the dentist Horace Wells took too much of nitrous oxide (which was a party toy then, as it used to make people laughing like crazy) that he broke his leg and didn’t even realise. Since then Nitrous oxide became an early form of anaesthesia.
A chemical compound which Constantin Fahlberg accidentally left on his hand in his lab taseted sweeted when he had his dinner and on top of that when traced it turned out to be calorie-free. This was the breakthrough discovery Saccharin.
Percy Spencer, the Raytheon engineer was looking for other uses for the magnetron, which generated the microwaves for radar systems at the end of World War II. One day a chocolate bar in his pocket melted while he was standing next to the device.
In 1992 to fight angina a Welsh hamlet was ground zero for a test on a pill at Pfizer . Unfortunately it wasn’t much of a success against the disease. But the men taking part in the study refused to give up their medicine. Since then this drug is used for a very different purpose.
Thomas Adams in 1870 was experimenting with chicle, the sap from a South American tree, as a substitute for rubber. After mounting failures, the dejected inventor popped a piece into his mouth. He liked it!. Then Adams New York No. 1 became the first mass-produced chewing gum in the world.
In 1943 James Wright combined silicone oil and boric acid in an attempt to find a cheap alternative to rubber for tank treads, boots, etc. It didn’t work. But the scientists had a blast bouncing and stretching his mistake, when they weren’t using it to transfer comics onto paper. So gala time for kids with silly putty
Alastair and Jean Carruthers in 1987 were using small doses of a deadly toxin to treat ‘crossed eyes’ eyelid spasms and other eye-muscle disorders when they noticed an interesting side effect. Wrinkles magically disappeared. and as a result the expressionless face became the ‘it’ look.