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Accidental Discoveries

We all make mistakes, but not all mistakes are bad. In fact, many discoveries were found by accident. See if you can identify the discovery in these situations.


Quiz ID:#27499
Fun:*** (2.95)
Difficulty:** (1.53)
Created By:MarcM1098Aca*****




#1   In 1719, after watching wasps build a nest, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur thought of a new way to make paper – from wood.

#2   In the early 1800s, Jean-Baptiste Jolly saw an oil lamp accidentally knocked over on a tablecloth.

#3   In 1859, Robert Chesebrough saw oil rig workers removing a waxy substance from their machinery.

#4   In 1866, Alfred Nobel was transporting a sensitive liquid in glass flasks, packed in soil, when one of the flasks broke. This led him to invent nitroglycerin.

#5   In 1905, Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda and water outside overnight.

#6   In 1928, Alexander Fleming found a culture of bacteria that was contaminated with a mould.

#7   In 1938, Roy Plunkett was trying to make a new refrigerant gas. Under pressure the gas turned into an oily white powder.

#8   In the 1940s, after working with radar equipment, Percy Spencer pulled a melted chocolate bar from his pocket.

#9   In 1941, George de Mestral returned from a hunting trip and noticed burrs stuck to his clothing. The burrs led him to invent this brand of fastener:

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#10   In 1965, James Schlatter was trying to make a new ulcer-fighting drug when he accidentally got some on his fingers.





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