Accidental Inventions: How These Common Things Were Discovered

By Julia Quade
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Not all accidents are a bad thing, and these inventions are proof! From clumsy chemists leaving out petri dishes for weeks, to shaky chefs dropping noodles into deep fryers, some of the most incredible inventions are byproducts of human mistakes.

We make mistakes all the time, but none of ours have ever ended up becoming household items or making us millions of dollars.

Even so, plenty of everyday items came to be through trial and error. That’s a great reason not to be so hard on yourself the next time you make one. In fact, maybe make them more often and see what happens. Here’s a tutorial on how to make really cool mistakes . . .