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(Humans Invent)   Antibiotics, matches, Teflon, the pacemaker, Bakelite were all invented by mistake. Was anything invented on purpose?   (humansinvent.com) divider line 28
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2014-07-17 11:06:42 AM
Not you subby, not you
 
2014-07-17 11:10:25 AM
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Don't tell me that was an accident.
 
2014-07-17 11:41:37 AM
The Kardashians.
 
2014-07-17 12:14:21 PM
There's always the story about the cat that invented Lexan.
 
2014-07-17 12:16:37 PM
My current whereabouts to my gf.
My experience with twins at the Poconos.
My time sheet at work.

/etc
 
2014-07-17 12:18:17 PM
Anal lube
 
2014-07-17 12:20:41 PM
Also, IIRC, Post-It Notes were the result of a failed experiment to produce an adhesive. It wasn't sticky enough for its intended purpose, but had just the right level of tackiness to stick a piece of paper to other things.
 
2014-07-17 12:21:44 PM
GOP Outrage.

/and the Fleshlight
 
2014-07-17 12:28:02 PM
Adding to the list...

Super Glue (CA adhesive) was intended originally as a clear plastic to make optical sights in WWII.

Astroglide was developed originally as a coolant for the space shuttle.

and...

Vigra was developed as a blood pressure medication.  It was less successful than existing products so it was almost shelved until someone noticed that most of the men in the trilas reported one,,,  particular.. ahem.. side-effect.
 
2014-07-17 12:28:05 PM
The guy who invented penicillin was a notorious slob, so he probably invented it dozens of times before realizing it.
 
2014-07-17 12:29:58 PM
Nukes
 
2014-07-17 12:35:22 PM
Alcohol.
 
2014-07-17 12:39:25 PM

Jaden Smith First of His Name: The guy who invented penicillin was a notorious slob, so he probably invented it dozens of times before realizing it.


God?
 
2014-07-17 12:40:26 PM
All Purpose Flour
 
2014-07-17 12:44:24 PM
The Light bulb?

people.rit.edu
 
2014-07-17 12:46:29 PM
If we knew what was going to happen it wouldn't be called "research..."
 
2014-07-17 12:59:23 PM
Vulcanized Rubber, the potato chip (though that was more in anger), Minoxidil (Rogaine) as a hair restorer (it was originally a blood pressure medication).
 
2014-07-17 01:02:48 PM

DrunkWithImpotence: Adding to the list...

Super Glue (CA adhesive) was intended originally as a clear plastic to make optical sights in WWII.

Astroglide was developed originally as a coolant for the space shuttle.

and...

Vigra was developed as a blood pressure medication.  It was less successful than existing products so it was almost shelved until someone noticed that most of the men in the trilas reported one,,,  particular.. ahem.. side-effect.


Zyban and other smoking cessation drugs were discovered as a side effect of anti-depressants.
 
2014-07-17 01:07:05 PM
Silly putty was supposed to be a plastic explosive that would lure you in with backward copies of Sunday comics.
 
2014-07-17 01:14:53 PM
Glass cookware was invented on purpose. Kind of.
 
2014-07-17 01:15:01 PM
the airplane, the lightbulb, the diesel engine, the flux capacitor
 
2014-07-17 03:11:23 PM
www.sustnrs.com
 
2014-07-17 04:39:00 PM
Most things are invented on purpose. The story isn't as interesting. But it's also a matter of complexity. A single substance, like cyanoacrylate glue or ptfe. Leaded gas was developed after iodine was found to reduce knocking even though people knew about lead poisoning. Cotton candy predated fiber glass by decades for no good reason. Ron Popeil never invented a damned thing, he just made something from old Popular Mechanics issues but "with space age plastics".
 
2014-07-17 07:57:49 PM
Viagra.
 
2014-07-18 12:45:00 AM

Niveras: Viagra.


Actually they were trying to cure angina...when they found an interesting side effect
 
2014-07-18 03:59:34 AM

mr_a: Niveras: Viagra.

Actually they were trying to cure angina...when they found an interesting side effect


It gets even more interesting if angina's still involved.
 
2014-07-18 09:49:34 AM
I think the headline misses the point. Yes, all of these things were discovered by accident. BUT, it was discovered by people who were trying to invent something else on purpose.

You aren't going to find the cure for cancer by sitting on your ass. But you could find it trying to cure the common cold, making a preservative for beer, or (gasp) searching for the cure to cancer.
 
2014-07-18 05:27:01 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: GOP Outrage.

/and the Fleshlight


Dammit, came to offer up the fleshlight.
 
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