That’s funny… is actually what Isaac Asimov said is the most noteworthy phrase in all of science. More than ‘Eureka!’ or any other phrase. This is because many of the biggest scientific discoveries happened by accident. In other words, someone likely uttered the phrase ‘that’s funny’ just when a discovery was made.
Pretty neat, eh?
This video walks you through some of those major discoveries that might have never happened were it not for pure dumb luck, happenstance, or basic accidents.
That’s really the nature of discovery and science, though, isn’t it. Constantly exploring and trying to unlock the mysteries of a variety of topics.
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Want to know some of the other major discoveries that happened by accident? Check out this great post on HowStuffWorks that talks about 9 major finds (e.g. Corn Flakes!) that happened by accident. Very cool.