Top 10 Accidental Discoveries


While the quest for knowledge is a never-ending process that drives scientists and researchers to push the limits of what we know farther and farther, some of mankind’s greatest discoveries have been made entirely by accident. Interestingly enough, some of the most important aspects of modern society have come to be entirely by chance.

Although isolated, these instances of sheer luck are just as important in the grand scheme of things as the thorough research projects that yield the same outcome. Over the next few minutes, we’ll take a look at ten of the most important accidental discoveries in history, discoveries that have impacted our world more than most of us realize.


Everyone has eaten popsicles at some point or another and we can all attest to their deliciousness, but did you know that they were invented entirely by accident? The famous discovery was made by an 11-year-old from San Francisco named Frank Epperson who, in 1905, left a mixture of powdered soda and water out on the porch. The mixture was frozen overnight by the surprisingly low temperatures, thus creating the tasty treat which Frank patented 18 years later.