18 Accidental Inventions That Forever Changed The World

Serendipity: a fortunate happenstance or pleasant accident. It may surprise you to know, some of the world’s favorite inventions weren’t planned and tested at all – they were accidents. Yes, it’s true. People are always chasing the next big thing but history has shown that once you stop searching, those things have a way of falling right into your lap. This just goes to show that good things happen when you least expect it and you shouldn’t be so quick to write off your mistakes. Here are some of the best things ever to come by accident:


Since 1951, the Velcro hook-and-loop fastener has grown to be a popular method for fastening products. The idea for Velcro was originally conceived in 1941 by Swiss engineer George de Mestral. On the way home from a hunting trip with his dog in the Alps, de Mestral noticed little burrs (seeds) of burdock kept sticking to his clothes and his dog’s fur. After examining them under a microscope and noting the hundred’s of hooks, he had the idea of weaving synthetic fibers to mimic the same thing. De Mestral submitted his idea for a patent in Switzerland in 1951 and the world was forever changed by his discovery.

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