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10 MOST FAMOUS ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERIES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Despite numerous researches and experiments, great scientific discoveries are made mostly accidental. American scientist, Charlotte Foltz Jonest, after a five year studying concluded that most product, that represent a part of our everyday lives, was created due to researcher’s error or due to some accidental event.

Norwegian, Niels Bohr, dreamed to sit on a small and hot Sun, while some balls circle around him. He wrote his dream on piece of paper and won a Nobel’s prize. In fact, Niels dreamt about the structure of an atom on which he worked for a long time. Balls, from his dream, represented electrons and the sun was the atom core. Such discoveries, of course, are many, but among them, according to the opinion of well informed, there are ten best known, accidental discoveries. How were they made?

10DISCOVERY: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE, RUTH WAKEFIELD - 1930

Wakefield ran out of baking CHOCOLATE while making cookies. Using a bar of sweet nestke’s chocolate instead. She invented a new treat.

09DISCOVERY: POTATO CHIP, GEORGE CRUM – 1853

This snack is widely attributed to this disgruntled chef. Tired of a customer complaining about tick fries, Crum cut them extra thin.

08DISCOVERY: VULCANIZED RUBBER, CHARLES GOODYEAR – 1839

Goodyear spent years trying to create a temperature resistant rubber. The breakthrough came after he split a rubber – sulphur mix onto a hot stove.

07DISCOVERY: BAKELITE, LEO BAEKELAND – 1907

Baekeland was attempting to find a new electronic insulating material. By chance he created a moldable, temperature resistant synthetic - plastic.

06PLAY – DOH, CLEAO AND JOSEPH MCVICKER – 1955

Originally was created as wallpaper cleaner and coal dust remover. It was later discovered that kids loved to use it as modeling clay and play – doh was born.

05DISCOVERY: VIAGRA, PFIZER, 1998

Viagra was developed as a treatment for cardiovascular ailments but with poor results, nearly abandoned until test subjects reported some frisky side effects.

04DISCOVERY: CORN FLAKES, JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG – 1894

Doctor Kellogg was trying to salvage some stale boiled wheat. He rolled it out and toasted the resulting flakes.

03DISCOVERY: X – RAYS, WILHELM ROENTGEN – 1895

By chance, a standard experiment using cathode rays lit up a piece of card. Roentegen realized that images could be produced using this incredible radiation.

02DISCOVERY: DYNAITE, ALFERD NOBEL – 1868

Nobel dropped a mix of nitroglycerin that didn’t explode. Sawdust had made it stable and the basis of dynamite had been created.

01DISCOVERY LSD, ALBERT HOFFMANN – 1938

LSD was produced during research into the medicinal uses of crop fungus. Hoffmann accidentally ingested the drug and discovered its hallucinogenic properties.
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