Invented by Accident

By | Dec 10, 2007

1) Reportedly in 1853 after constant complaints by a customer at the Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York about the fried potatoes he was being served were soggy and not crunchy enough, chief George Crum sliced the potatoes as thin as possible fried them in a pan of grease with a finishing touch of salt. The customer loved them and the Potato Chip quickly became a popular item.

2) Naval engineer Richard James was trying to develop a spring to support and stabilize sensitive equipment on ships. One of the springs fell off of the shelf and continued to move across the floor. Along with his wife Betty, who named the toy, marketed it in 1945. Over 250 slinkys have been sold since.

3) Joseph and Noah McVicker were trying to make a wallpaper cleaner when in 1955 they created a brightly-colored clay. Since them over 700 million pounds of Play-Doh have been sold.

4) Another item that was created during World War II happened when James Wright dropped boric acid into silicone oil. The reuslt was a polymerized substance that bounced. At first there was no use for the product, but marketing expert Peter Hodgson saw it as a toy and renamed it Silly Putty.

5) In 1879 Constantine Fahlberg was working in the lab of Ira Remsen at Johns Hopkins. He spilled a chemical on his hands and when he went to lunch he forgot to wash them. He found that the bread he ate tasted unusually sweet. The chemical that the two men discovered was Saccharin.

6) Two brothers while searching for wholesome food to serve at their Seventh Day Adventist Sanitarium left out some boiled wheat. Instead of throwing out the stale wheat they decided to run it through rollers hoping to make a long sheet of dough. However the wheat turned into flakes. They toasted the flakes which were enjoyed by the patients. The brothers were the Kellogg Brothers of Battle Creek, Michigan and after experiments with other grains including corn they created Kellogg’s and sold corn flakes.


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