Random inventions

A lot of great ideas came to the mind of a thinking person by accident, and all the consequences of such insights were called random inventions. True, no one takes into account the truly enormous work done by the inventor before obtaining the desired result. If we take it into account, so we will not have anything accidental - rather, the invention will turn out predictable and expected. About such nonrandom random inventions, and from different areas of human activity, we today and talk.

It was the accidental invention of shopping trolleys that allowed the creation of new types of stores - supermarkets and hypermarkets

Take, for example, the field of chemical sciences. Here, random inventions are for the most part the result of many scientists carrying out experiments with various substances. And even in the times near to us, this was one of the main ways of knowing the world - a method of trial and error. Take, for example, rubber. Everyone knows its properties, applications, and many even finer details, including obtaining and vulcanizing. But it was not always so. In the early 19th century, rubber was a very uncomfortable material - it softened in the sun, dyed and crumbled in the cold. And many scientists worked on the invention of a way to improve its quality. As you guessed, everything happened behind the scenario of an accidental invention. In 1844, Charles Goodyear accidentally heated a mixture of rubber and sulfur on an ordinary stove. And since that time, this method is the basis of the vulcanization of rubber.

Now another area of life is shops. Sylvan Goldman was the owner of a large grocery store in Oklahoma City. As an observant person, he could not pay attention to the fact that people refused to buy some goods, because they were hard or uncomfortable to carry. Again, the invention was accidental. Goldman noticed that one of the women put the purchased goods in the car's body, which her child was pulling on a rope. In 1936, Goldman firstly attached the wheels to an ordinary basket, and soon invited mechanics helped him create a prototype of a modern cart. The mass production of such carts began in 1947. By the way, it was the accidental invention of shopping carts that allowed the creation of new types of stores - supermarkets and hypermarkets.

In 1950, inventor Harry Vasylyuk proposed the use of disposable garbage bags

Almost at the same time - in 1950 - the inventor with Ukrainian surname Vasilyuk, however, with the name Harry, suggested using disposable sacks for garbage. And also, it seems, quite by accident. Nobody remembers that the inventor was engaged in problems of municipal waste disposal for several years on the instructions of the city authorities. The main problem was the following: household waste was constantly poured from both garbage trucks and when they were loaded. Vasilyuk developed a powerful suction unit such as a vacuum cleaner, which would tighten in the hermetic body scattered on the ground debris. But this did not work for him. And someone from home accidentally asked him for some bag to put together the garbage. The inventor immediately thought that for this purpose one can use disposable bags and offered to make them from polyethylene. Tests of such bags were conducted for the first time in the Winnipeg hospital. And now they are everywhere.

As we can see from our short review, random inventions were not at all random. They are the result of both long-term experiments and the observation of the inventors themselves. And observation is a non-random consequence of a person's interest in the surrounding world, its phenomena and events in it.