Penicillin (Alexander Fleming)


In 1928, Fleming went on holiday, leaving behind a dirty petri-dish out. When he discovered it, he found bacteria had grown over it except where the mould was.

Anesthesia (Horace Wells)


In 1844, back then, Nitrus Oxide was used as a party trick. It would make people howl with laughter. But, after one of the dentists friends had taken too much, he gashed his leg without feeling a thing and then anesthetics were created!

Saccharin (Constantin Fahlberg and Ira Remsen)


Back in 1879, after he had spent the day studying coal tar derivatives, Fahlberg went out to dinner. Something he had eaten tasted particularly sweet. The cause of this taste was a chemical he had spilled on his hand!

The Microwave (Percy Spencer)


In 1946, as it was the end of the Second World War, Spencer was trying to find other uses for the magnetron, which generated the microwaves for radar systems. One day, while standing next to the machine, a chocolate bar in his pocket began to melt!

Viagra (Scientists at Pfizer)


In 1992, scientists were trying to find a way to cure angina and, even though it was a fail, patients testing the drug refused to give back their medicine. Ummmm…Well never know why.

Chewing Gum (Thomas Adams)


In 1870, Adams was looking at chicle, the sap from a South American tree, and was trying to make it a substitute for rubber. It didn’t work. After much frustration, he put a piece in his mouth and he liked it! So, he manufactured the first chewing gum company in the world.

Silly Putty (James Wright)


in 1943 (during the years of war), Wright was combining boric acid and silicone oil to find a cheaper rubber for shoes and tank treads. Obviously, it didn’t work. But, now kids everywhere love Silly Putty, so something good came from his mistake, at least.

Brandy (Unknown Dutch Shipmaster)


Back in the 16th century, the Dutch Shipmaster decided he wanted to concentrate wine with heat to make it easier to transport. Burnt Wine became a thing and now we have Brandy!

Botox (Alastair and Jean Carruthers)


In 1987, the couple were using deadly toxins to help treat eye muscle spasms when they noticed something different had happened. The patients wrinkles had disappeared!

Mauve (William Perkin)


In 1856, while Perkin was trying to discover a cure for malaria, he accidentally discovered the color mauve! Instead of continuing his research on the disease, he decided to establish the synthetic dye industry.