10 Accidental Inventions That Became Hugely Popular

Penicillin

The microwave oven has revolutionized the way we cook and eat. It allows us to heat frozen dinner and leftovers at the push of a button, and many of us wouldn’t know a life without conveniences like microwaveable popcorn or instant oatmeal.
Penicillin

The Microwave Oven

Plastic is quite possibly one of the most widely used accidental inventions of our time, used in everything from toys to aerospace technology.
The Microwave Oven

Plastic

Play-Doh is one of the favorite toys of young children, and has been for many years. The funny thing is that it wasn’t always a toy for kids.
Plastic

Play-Doh

Toll House cookies are some of the most delicious chocolate chip cookies out there, but many do not know where the name originates from.
Play-Doh

Chocolate Chip Cookies

George Crum was a restaurant owner in the late 1800s, a hardworking man who had the displeasure of serving snooty upper class customers who would come in and drive him up the wall.
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Potato Chips

Post-it Notes are something that we use on a regular basis, yet many people do not know that they were created simply as an application for a new adhesive that had been discovered. Spencer Silver was a chemist working for the company 3M in the 60s.
Potato Chips

Post-it Notes

The Slinky is a simple toy, but it’s stuck around for a long time. It has been a mainstay at Christmas time and birthdays for many decades, and even adults get a bit of a thrill out of seeing a coil of metal slinking its way down a flight of stairs. The slinky was, however, not originally meant to be a toy.
Post-it Notes

Slinky

Super Glue is a well known adhesive, as famous for the cartoon gags it appears in as it is for its ability to stick things together really well. For many repairs, all that is needed is a small dot of superglue and the job is complete.
Slinky

Super Glue

Probably one of the most well known accidental inventions out there is Viagra. We all know what it does, and for those that need it, it is a gem. However, the chemists who created Viagra were originally just looking for a drug to help with hypertension and heart disease.
Super Glue