We use so many things in our day-to-day life that we have never really pondered upon how those things came into existence in the first place. You just tied a shoe with Velcro. But how did it come about? The beer that you had with dinner last night? How about that?
Turns out, the saying, ‘necessity is the mother of all invention’ is not always the case. A lot of things that have come into existence have been invented as nothing more than an accident. There is a very thin line between an invention and an accidental failure.
Let us tell you about the most famous inventions of all time that were all an accident and completely unintentional. But had they not been invented, we would have surely missed a lot of things and the world would have been a very different place.
Horst Dornbusch gave us a theory that beer was actually invented accidentally while making bread. One day a woman was making bread outdoors and it started raining suddenly. She ran inside her house and forgot about the dough. After a day or two when she checked the dough, there was a soupy, fermenting liquid in the dough bowl. The woman tried a beer for the first time in the world!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
What would you fulfill your sweet-tooth cravings with, had chocolate chip cookies not been invented? In 1930, the co-owner of Toll House-in, Ruth Graves Wakefield was preparing some chocolate cookies when she suddenly ran out of baker’s chocolate. She suddenly got an idea and chopped up a bar of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate thinking that it would melt and spread evenly in the batter. But what came out of the oven was the world’s first-ever batch of chocolate chip cookies!
Since Champagne, France, is on a very high altitude, the monks would have had a problem in fermenting wine in colder months when it would stop temporarily, and when it would all begin again in spring, there would be an excess of carbon dioxide in the wine bottle. When in 1668 the Catholic Church called in Dom Pierre Perignon to handle the situation, people decided that they actually liked the tastes and it would be even better if Perignon could make it even frizzier. And hence, the champagne came into existence!
The chewing gum that we all know of today was not invented until the 1800s. Thomas Adams, an American inventor, was on his way to try to convert chicle into rubber, which failed and he ended up with the chewy treat.
In the 16th century, a Dutch ship-master decided to heat wine to concentrate the alcohol and make it easier for transportation and then add water to it after reaching his destination. To his surprise, the concentrated wine tasted very different and good and so he renamed it as ‘brandewijn’ which means burnt wine in Dutch.
In 1826, chemist John Walker accidentally scraped a stick coated in chemicals on his hearth and to his utter surprise, it suddenly caught fire! He made his so-called ‘Friction Lights’ with cardboard initially, and then shifted to wooden splints and sandpaper.