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9 Things Invented or Discovered by Accident


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Fireworks
Fireworks were created by a cook using kitchen items.
Fireworks were created by a cook using kitchen items.
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Fireworks originated in China some 2,000 years ago, and legend has it that they were accidentally invented by a cook who mixed together charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter -- all items commonly found in kitchens in those days. The mixture burned and when compressed in a bamboo tube, it exploded. There's no record of whether it was the cook's last day on the job.