Beloved for its ease of use, the indispensable appliance was invented utterly by accident. Never underestimate the power of snacks and serendipity.
Necessity isn’t always the mother of invention. Sometimes it’s serendipity. Dive into these nine great reads about everyday innovations that were invented by accident, from life-changing penicillin to the whimsical wonder that is Play-Doh. Turns out even the color mauve came to us by chance.
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When he started fiddling with chemicals in his home in March 1856, William Henry Perkin had no idea what was about to happen.
Quick-bonding adhesive was a happy accident of wartime research. Its story begins just before World War II.