In 1941, a young man of 34 was wandering in the woods with his Irish Pointer, when he noticed that burrs from the burdock plant were stuck firmly to his pants as well as his dog’s hair. Irritated, but intrigued, he put the burrs under a microscope and, voila, he had figured out Velcro!
This infographic is dedicated to many other such amazing innovations that were discovered by sheer accident. Stainless steel, matches, Teflon, radioactivity, Scotchgard, pacemakers, they all had strange beginnings! Just goes to prove that there is no limit to man’s intellect and aptitude.
12 Accidental Innovations: