Accidental Inventions

Ever wondered where everyday things came from? Not all of them were invented on purpose. Here are some of the items we use in our day-to-day lives that were invented by fluke discoveries.

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A researcher was working on trying to make a super-strong adhesive. In one of his attempts, he accidentally produced an adhesive that was weaker than any other adhesive. It attached easily to surfaces, but it would easily peel off again and again without leaving any marks. At first, he couldn’t find a use for his invention, but eventually, another scientist had the idea to use little pieces of paper as bookmarks without damaging the papers.