Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Top 5 accidental inventions


The first antibiotic was discovered in 1928 when Alexander Fleming noticed a bacteria-free circle around a mould in a culture dish used to grow microbes.


John Pemberton mixed Coca-Cola as a cure for headaches in 1886. For eight years it was only sold in chemists but became so popular it was bottled and marketed as a beverage.


Wilson Greatbatch was trying to record the heart's rythm when he assembled his equipment incorrectly. It pulsed at just the right rhythm needed to make a pacemaker.


The chocolate in Percy Spencer's pocket melted when he stood in front of a magnetron, which generates microwaves. By 1945 he had adapted it for cooking food.


Pfizer scientists were testing the effect of this now famous blue pill on angina. The pill did nothing to help blood supply to the heart, but another body part responded surprisingly well.

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