6 Inventions That Were Invented By Mistake But They Are The Most Used Things In Today’s Life

Blog By fatema  |  14-07-18

These Mistakes Made Our Life So Much Better

Plastic.

Plastic.

Almost everything has a little amount of plastic on it. The first time plastic was invented, it was to find a replacement for shellac, a resin secreted by a South Asian scale bug.

In the year 1907, Leo Baekeland made a combination of formaldehyde and phenol – an acid extracted from coal tar. The material was later known as ‘the material of 1000 uses’.


Ice-cream cones.

 Ice-cream cones.

During the 1900’s the only things that ice creams were sold in were glass, paper, and metal. It was also unhygienic and the customers used to walk away with it and also break them.

At World’s Fair in St. Louis, the sales of ice creams increased due to heat. There was a stall of ‘zalabia’, a waffle-like sweet which wasn’t selling.

So, when the ice cream vendor was out of paper cups, the neighbor helped him out by rolling up the ‘zalabias’. That’s one hell of a story but it has led to multiple patents being filed.


Post-its.

 Post-its.

They were invented by mistake and we know who to thank. The inventor, Spencer Silver was supposed to make weak adhesive.

He wanted to sell it as an adhesive that can stick on any surface. Unfortunately, the idea didn’t catch on as such. Five years later, a 3M chemist invented it out of frustration and yes, the yellow does signify something. They first used yellow scrap paper from the lab next door.


Microwave.

 Microwave.

The engineer who invented the microwave was actually doing some research on a new tube. In 1945, Percy Spencer noticed that the experiments he carried on, caused a candy bar in his pocket to melt. Later, he puts popcorn in the microwave and he realized that this is revolutionary.


Potato Chips.

Potato Chips.

The first chips were made in Lake House by hotel chef George Crum. In 1853, a customer complained about the fried potato being too soggy and bland.

George Crum’s ego was hurt and so he decided to play a trick and he served him a batch of over-salted thin crisps of potato. Et Voila! The man placed a second order and rest his history.


Corn Flakes.

Corn Flakes.

We can eat corn flakes at any time of the day. The story behind it is quite interesting, the Kellogg brothers were looking for a wholesome vegetarian food. They wanted to find a substitute to bread and they boiled wheat.

The boiling led to the wheat separating into fat flat flakes, they baked it. The flakes tasted delicious and the brothers decided to sell them as healthy breakfast.

Also, one of the brothers John left the company because Will decided to add sugar to the flakes. According to him, it went against the goals.









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