Don’t Trash Your “Failed” Projects

Why? Because it might be the invention of this century!

Pocket Gadget has created a list of accidental inventions that turned out to be some of the most useful things ever created by mankind. I enjoyed reading Serendipity: 10 accidental inventions, that I highly recommend you to check it out as well.

My favourite would be the humble superglue. In addition to using it to mend countless broken porcelain ornaments, I’ve even used it once to close a somewhat nasty open wound… and it worked!

Mind you, I’m not saying that you should just superglue your wounds shut… the only reason I did it was because I was on a camping trip in the middle of nowhere. Yes, old-school camping, and not some enjoyable gathering in Pigeon Forge cabins!

3 responses to “Don’t Trash Your “Failed” Projects”.

  1. Dabido Says:

    When I did my Senior First Aid certificate one of the girls on the course told us about how she’d mistaken her father’s super glue for eye drops and accidentally superglued her eye lid to her eye ball! [Yes, it was painful].
    She got raced to the hospital where she discovered that it is an apparent common accident.

    I knew those stories except didn’t realise Penicillin was accidental as Flemming is always credited so much with it’s discovery and ‘accidental’ is never used in the same sentence.
    I heard that Microwaves were actually part of the US army’s attempts trying to produce a device to kill the enemy with radio waves. They seem to have missed that part of the story … or that parts an urban myth.
    The potato chip story I’ve heard so many times I’m almost sick of hearing it. 🙂

  2. kay kastum Says:

    ..can the “smiley” icon be counted? 🙂

  3. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Dabido: Ouchy!

    kay: You invented the smiley icon?