Forget spending days, months and years thinking of the next big thing, these six accidental inventions were the consequence of sheer dumb luck and coincidence:
Completely Accidental Inventions: Penicillin
Arguably one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of history, the group of antibiotics was more an accidental discovery than a cultivated phenomenon. In 1928, credited inventor Alexander Fleming left a petri dish uncovered in his lab and noticed Penicillium growing around a bacteria, repressing its growth. Many years and clinical trials later, the life-altering antibiotic was finalized.
A source of endless amusement and frustration, the extremely useful Super Glue was invented by accident in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover. The discovery was made during WW2 when Coover was working with a chemical, cyanoacrylates, to create weapons. The chemical was dismissed as a weapon material because it was too sticky, so Coover dumped the project and moved on. In 1951, he rectified his mistake, realizing the chemical super strength adhesive could become extremely useful. Six years later, Super Glue, or “Eastman 910”, was making waves.
Heralding back to the 17th Century, a Benedictine monk tried fruitlessly to put bubbles in his wine. He toiled for two years with the bizarre idea, considering himself a poor winemaker. Little did he know the carbon dioxide bubbles floating in his wine would pave the way for the drink raised in celebration the world over and become a very profitable accidental invention!