17 Great Products Invented by Accident

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Most people make mistakes every day. We drop things, take wrong turns, lose items, misspell words. Most of those mistakes are quickly forgotten — though they can be embarrassing — and we move on.

But sometimes, mistakes turn out to be happy accidents. Throughout history, decisions and actions that seemed like errors at the time have occasionally turned into wonderful discoveries. Or in some cases, products that seemed to have outlived their welcome found a new life as something else entirely. Think of these 17 scenarios the next time you goof up. Perhaps your slip-up is actually a blessing in disguise.

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