Groundbreaking Inventions Discovered by Accident

Tom Blank of Weird History Food compiled a fascinating list of groundbreaking inventions, innovations, and realizations discovered by accient.

Sometimes, discoveries are made by ordinary folks doing the same things they do every day. Other times, what have turned out to be some of the world’s most important drugs, most useful substances, most fascinating historical finds, and even best-selling toys have been the products of accidents or pure dumb luck.

This extraordinary list of productive errors includes the pacemaker, the microwave oven, dynamite, breakfast cereal, Worcestershire sauce, Play-Doh, Post-It Notes, Nutella, LSD, and The Slinky.

Accidental Discoveries

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.