Things We Use Every Day That Were Made By Mistake!
⇒ Microwave oven: Percy Spencer was experimenting with radar devices when a candy bar in his pocket started melting. Utilizing this new knowledge, he patented the microwave.
⇒ Potato chips: They were invented when an annoying customer kept asking a restaurant to make his French fries thinner and crispier. George Crum, the chef, sliced them wafer-thin as a joke, but the guy loved them, and the potato chip was born.
⇒ Play-Doh: It was originally marketed as a wall cleaner that didn’t work so well. Luckily, kids started using it to make little sculptures, and before long, the fledgling company was making waves as a children’s toy.
⇒ Post-its: Spencer Silver discovered a ‘low tack’ adhesive in 1968 for which he found no use. Art Fry was frustrated with not having sticky notes for his church books. Combining their heads, they launched post-its in 1980. Fridges have never looked the same.
⇒ Slinky: Naval engineer Richard Jones was experimenting with tension springs for battle ships when one of them dropped to the floor. It kept flopping around, as Slinkies do. Jones got rich and kids everywhere now enjoy stairs a lot more.
⇒ Safety glass: A chemist was working in his lab when a glass flask fell to the floor but didn’t shatter. This was because the inside was lined with plastic cellulose nitrate. He patented it and it is now used in all cars as well as gas masks and more.