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The Quiz Of Accidental Inventions

Scientists work day and night for new innovations and inventions, but sometimes inventions come out unpredicted. Here are some of the stories that led to accidental inventions, do you think you can guess these inventions correctly?

  • Question of

    Halfway through an experiment with bacteria, the scientist went on a vacation and by mistake left a dirty petri dish, when he came back he found that there was a bacterial growth on that dish. This turned out to be a new invention, can you guess what was it?

    • Penicillin
    • Salmonella enteritidis
    • E. coli
  • Question of

    In olden days nitrous oxide was used as a party toy as it made people laugh like crazy. Once a friend of a dentist took too much of it and didn’t realize that he had gashed his leg. This led to an invention, can you guess what was it?

    • Anesthesia
    • Lidocaine
    • Painkillers
  • Question of

    A Russian chemist was working in the lab of a chemistry professor when he accidentally tasted some of the chemicals he was working with and realized how sweet they were. Which invention did this lead to?

    • Saccharine
    • Aspartame
    • Cough Syrups
  • Question of

    A scientist was working on magnetrons—high-powered vacuum tubes that generate short radio waves. The engineer was doing his job as usual when he suddenly noticed that the candy bar in his pocket had melted. Which invention did it lead to?

    • Microwave
    • X-ray Machine
    • Thermal Heaters
  • Question of

    A scientist was doing research on strong adhesives when he came across quite the opposite: one that “stuck lightly to surfaces but didn’t bond tightly to them.” He initially had no idea what to do with his discovery, but years later another scientist, came to him with the idea to create a bookmark that could stick to paper without damaging it. Which invention did this lead to?

    • Sticky Notes
    • Medical Tape
    • Cello Tape
  • Question of

    A scientist was looking for materials he could use to build clear plastic gun sights for the war, but what he discovered instead was a chemical formulation that stuck to everything it touched. What did this incident lead to?

    • Super Glue
    • Asphalt
    • Mod Podge
  • Question of

    A chef was working at the Moon Lake Lodge Resort in Saratoga Lake, New York, when one of his customers complained that their French-fried potatoes were too thick and mushy. As legend has it, his solution was to thinly slice and fry some potatoes until brown, What did this lead to?

    • Chips
    • Nuggets
    • Crackers
  • Question of

    A scientist accidentally scraped a stick coated in chemicals across his hearth and found that it caught fire. Which invention was born by this accident?

    • Matchsticks
    • Lighter
    • Cigarette
  • Question of

    An American inventor stumbled upon a chewy treat—but only after first trying and failing to turn chicle (the substance that gum is made out of) into rubber. What invention did this lead to?

    • Bubblegum
    • Gummies
    • Jellies
  • Question of

    An ophthalmologist was testing out new treatments for crossed eyes—and though he found it, what he also discovered was that his treatment had miraculous face-lifting side effects. Which invention was born from this discovery?

    • Botox Treatment
    • Dysport
    • Face Peels
  • Question of

    During World War II, an engineer was tasked with inventing a cheap alternative to synthetic rubber. While working on finding a substitute, he dropped Boric acid into Silicone oil and discovered that the resulting product was stretchy and bouncy, with the added bonus of being able to copy words from newspaper clippings and comic strips. What was this invention?

    • Silly Putty
    • Modeling Clay
    • Adhesive
  • Question of

    A scientist trying to find a synthetic quinine to treat malaria accidentally made a mistake that lead to formation of a purplish colored substance. What was this invention?

    • Mauve Dye
    • Orchid Dye
    • Purple Dye

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