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November 16, 2013

It Was An Accident

Some of our greatest inventions have been a case of screwing up in reverse. For instance, Teflon-


"or as scientists call it Polytetrafluoroethylene was accidentally discovered in 1938 when Roy Plunkett was researching ways to make a new refrigerant without using chemicals like ammonia and sulfur dioxide.

One day he opened a container with one his samples and found that the gas he expected to see was gone. Instead, he was left with a slippery resin that was heat resistant which we use today on nonstick cookware."

Oh, and if anyone finds the tenth one, be sure to let me know.

Posted by DL Sly at November 16, 2013 10:30 PM

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It's probably in the same place as the Sweet & Low picture. Splenda is sucrolose not saccharine.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at November 17, 2013 10:12 AM

I knew most of these already, but I wasn't aware of the Splenda base. That's because I don't use any of that stuff anyway, so it's not something I would have any need or desire to know.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 18, 2013 12:24 AM

I had it in the margin of one of my lab notebooks. I'll get back to you as soon as I find it.

Posted by: Allen at November 18, 2013 03:07 AM

Thanks, Allen.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 18, 2013 02:24 PM