24 accidental scientific discoveries that reshaped the world forever

By Shawn Knight
Nov 14, 2013
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  1. As it turns out, many of the world’s scientific discoveries happened by sheer accident. The gang over at Mental Floss recently put together a video detailing 24 such discoveries for our viewing pleasure and as you’ll soon realize, most discoveries...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    Silly putty was accidentally discovered while trying to make synthetic rubber at Du Pont during WWII. Great kids toy. I really enjoyed it back in the day.
  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    The microwave was a great accident. The inventor had a chocolate bar in his pocket while working on a radar emitting microwaves when he noticed the candy bar in his pocket had melted. After rejiggering the process into a more compact machine the microwave oven was born.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    It was mentioned in the video.
  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 798   +217

    Oh come on, they tried to stop heart attacks but created a boner pill with the side effect of heart attack?
  6. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    I discovered that adding a piece of sandwich ham, inside a quesadilla while toasting makes it taste better. I call it the "quesaham".

    2 tortillas, a piece of krafts cheese or cheese of your choosing, cooked ham.

    Step 1:place ham and cheese in between the 2 tortillas.
    Step2: Place what you have in step one in a pan and slowly cook it until its golden brow toasted.
    Step3: Flip it over
    Step4: enjoy.

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