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.

9Chocolate Chip Cookies

Similar to popsicles, Chocolate Chip Cookies were also invented entirely by accident. It happened when Mrs. Wakefield, the owner of the Toll House Inn, was making chocolate cookies for the guests, only to realize that she ran out of regular baker’s chocolate. When this happened, she decided then and there to use broken pieces of semi-sweet chocolate, thinking that they would melt and mix into batter. They clearly did not, and thus the famous chocolate chip cookie came to be.