419 - Accidental Inventions

This week's episode is devoted to accidental inventions. From the match stick, to Play-Doh, super glue, to the humble ice cream cone. It turns out many of our favourite inventions came about purely by accident. But it's no accident that on this episode we are joined by the great Michelle Brasier!


This is a comedy/history podcast, the report begins at approximately 06:52 (though as always, we go off on tangents throughout the report).


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Do Go On acknowledges the traditional owners of the land we record on, the Wurundjeri people, in the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders, past and present. 


Other inventions covered: Penicillin, Post-it notes, granny smith apples, microwave, smoke alarms


REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING:

https://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/inventions/15-of-the-coolest-accidental-inventions.htm#pt2 

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/kelloggs-corn-flakes-masturbation/

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/a19567/how-the-microwave-was-invented-by-accident/

https://theconversation.com/myth-about-how-science-progresses-is-built-on-a-misreading-of-the-story-of-penicillin-120990

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/accidental-invention-play-doh-180973527/

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/03/half-of-inventions-arise-unexpectedly-from-serendipity-not-direct-research/





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