Accidental Inventions That the World Embraced

In the course of human evolution along came inventions that young people cannot imagine living without.  The truth is, some of these life-saving gadgets and whatnots were invented out of mistake, sheer luck and accidents.  But the inventor surely had a monumental eureka moment which gave their unexpected creation a neoteric purpose.

How did man go through life without the microwave oven?  The contemporary kitchen appliance has allowed us to bake in 10 minutes instead of 25, re-heat left over food, and enjoy frozen dinners and popcorn.  It significantly changed household chores, much to housewives’ and single yuppies’ happiness. Thanks to the melting chocolate in Percy Spencer’s pocket when he was tinkering with microwave emitters in the naval radar lab, homes can enjoy warm food every meal of the day.  Microwave ovens also lessened the use for patience in youngsters who expect everything to be instant.  Most young people now view slow cooking as a special skill that can only be achieved when one has gone to culinary arts school.

The wonderful uses of plastic are endless.  In 1907, Leo Hendrik Baekeland had a little accident with formaldehyde, phenol, and coal which he heated up.  He was hoping for another compound but instead, it resulted to a unique material that did not melt in low heat and did not break when applied with pressure.  This material was called plastic which changed the fate of the world forever. It is now used for almost everything, including marine life deformation, traps for innocent sea creatures, an ocean acidifier, sewage blocks, and many other things that will lead to the planet’s detriment.

Potato chips were made out of annoyance to a customer.  Hotel Chef George Crum’s potatoes were sent back to him with the complaints that they were too thick.  A new batch was cooked but the dish was returned again.  The proud chef, as most are, sliced the potatoes ridiculously thin and deep fried them, as a mocking response to the customer.  But the customer absolutely loved the dish and it became the potato chip that is partly to be blamed for the debilitating modern disease called obesity.  The beloved chip also created multi-million dollar industries that proved to be environmentally irresponsible. Aside from the 75 grams of carbon footprint to make one bag of chips, companies do not exert any effort in cleaning up after they’ve profited.

Article publié pour la première fois le 17/06/2013

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