A lot of the inventions that helped change our world came about by accident. I have heard of many and I am sure there are a lot more. Good and bad things have been discovered by accident; some bringing wealth and fame to the ones who discovered them and to some, the oppostite. I remember reading about the lady who discovered X-rays. She discovered that the experiments she was conducting had exposed photo plates in the next room. Her discovery ended up killing her.
I would believe that the accidental discoveries outrank the ones discovered on purpose, but then too, I have been know to be wrong once or twice in my lifetime (grin). This is one site that lists nine of them: 9 Things Invented or Discovered by Accident
I just read about another “accident” that produced a wonderful product that came in handy not too long ago. This is not the article, but this article tells what the blue goop or goo or what ever (DeconGel) is: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2011/05/27/officials-use-blue-peelable-goo-to-decontaminate-japan/
The people who discovered this product were working on something entirely different. They were researching corneal implants. A careless lab technician accidently dribbled an experimental compound they were working with on the floor. After it dried, they peeled it off and found that part of the floor cleaner than they had ever seen it before. Accidently discovering this compounds ability to clean, they were smart enough to study it further and develop it into a supper cleaner. It was used for cleaning up the radioactive stuff at the damaged Japanese nuclear reactor.
Do you think they can make enough of this goo to clean up the whole world? Now, wouldn’t that be great!!
You all have a nice weekend, you hear?