So as a little continuation of the last story, it got me thinking about things that were discovered by accident, off the top of my head i can think of the following:
- Viagra: Developed in Cork as a heart treatment drug, until they tried to figure out why all the guys outside were walking around with mad erections after breathing the extract fumes
- Corn flakes
Penicillin , This was the huge difference between world war 1 and World war 2, it saved countless lives) Published reports credit Fleming as saying:
"One sometimes finds what one is not looking for. When I woke up just after dawn on Sept. 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I guess that was exactly what I did."
Ice cream cones (Popsicles too!)
Some more accidental discoveries here and some more here