Accidents happen and they happen all of the time.
Before 1848, there was no official manner in which travel on railroad could be immune to the eventuality of risk exposure to losses and damages. In a groundbreaking move, the Railway Passengers Assurance Company of England, sold policies to anyone interested in the coverage. After that, the idea of insurance protection spread like wildfire across the globe – heralding insurance plans for general liability and more – homeowners, commercial, auto, truck, workers comp, life, bonds and so on.
Although the original insurance companies were built on the notion that accidents result in bad consequences, this is not always the case. Who, after all, can claim they do not enjoy a bite of a chocolate chip cookie? Have you ever heard someone complaining about eating a potato chip? And what about modern medicine and the amazing cures they provide? Many of these beneficial products were created by… you guessed it – accidents!
• When a cookie business owner realized she did not have the baking chocolate required for her recipe, she improvised by using a standard bar of chocolate. She reasoned that the chocolate would melt in the oven and become equivalent to the ingredient she lacked. Lo and behold, the chocolate bar in the finished cookie product was her claim to fame as the dotting chocolate chip version became an instant success story.
• After discarding an experiment dish in the trash, scientist Sir Alexander Fleming took a second look: why, the utensil was full of mold that continued to break up bacteria around it! The ‘accident discovery’ led to something amazing – a seeming miraculous drug, known as Penicillin that benefits mankind in every nook of the world to this very day!
• Engineer John Hopps thought he could cure hypothermia by inventing a device that would restore a person’s normal body heat temperature. With radio frequency, he chanced upon what we know today as the pacemaker, used by heart doctors all over to save patients’ lives!
• Who wanted a dish of burned groats? Not two brothers who left the scorched pot full of black contents on top of the stove. When the blackened groats became thick and dry, the men took note. Skimming off the moldy parts, they created the very first bowl of cereal made from corn that you can buy off the supermarket shelves in modern times!
• One disgruntled chef at a resort hotel decided to get even with a pesky patron who kept on complaining about the fried potatoes he was served. The chef fried extraordinarily skinny potato slices that were difficult to munch on. Surprise! Surprise! The customer smacked his lips in appreciation of the first delicious round of potato chips!