Most inventors strive for days,weeks, monthes or years to invent their invention, for example Thomas Edison failed thousands of times before he successfully invented the lightbulb. But sometimes brilliance strikes by accident. Some of the most popular products we use today were accidents stumbled on by scientists not being careful.
Young chemist William Perkin at first wanted to find a cure for malaria, but instead he accidently started a new movement in the fashion industry. In 1856 Perkin was attempting to create artificial quintine, an anti-malaria drug derived from tree bark. He failed, however his failure resulted in a thick purple sludge. The color caught his eye, it was a very unique shade of purple. He was able to isolate the compound producing the color which he named mauve. Perkin had created the first ever synthetic dye. Perkin's dye was quite vibrant and didn;t fade or wash out but thats not the only good thing that came from mauve, Mauve helped kick-start a chemistry revolution, experiments from other labs soon resulted in thousands of useful carbon compounds, including an actual artificial quintine.
Originally Coca-cola was meant to cure headaches, Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton after being injured in the civil war wanted to create a medicine to stop his headaches. He mixed together a conoction including coca leaves and kola nuts , his lab assistant accidently spilled carbonated water into the mixture . Pemberton tasted it and he liked it. His conoction was sold in a pharmacie for 8 years before they started to sell it as a beverage. Coca-cola today has become one of the worlds most consumed soft drinks.
In 1879, Remsen assigned one of his graduate students (Constantin Fahlberg) the task of chemically manipulating a toluene-based substance.one day he accidently licked his hands without washing them after touching an overboiled beaker his hands tasted extremely sweet -in fact, about 500 times sweeter than sugar. He called the substance...