Many inventions are the result of years of research but others are often flukes or serendipity. While looking at vegetarian options the Kellogg brothers boiled and crushed some wheat but on being called away, returned to find their dough was hard and fell apart. Not being able to afford to throw it away they baked the flakes, through further experimentation they substituted corn for wheat and Corn Flakes was born. The journey to discovery is often amazing and fascinating.
Did you know that the popsicle was invented by an eleven-year old who had left his soda water mixture on the porch on a cold winter night? Or that LSD was discovered while trying to produce a drug that would help ease the pain of childbirth. Call them accidents. Call them mistakes. Even serendipity. The fact is that while most great inventions are the result of a need or desire to make something easier or better, some of the world's greatest inventions were accidental or unintentional. This book reveals the fascinating stories behind the world's greatest unplanned inventions, from roller skates, penicillin and dynamite to Coca-Cola, Post-It Notes and Velcro.