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Flash
1528.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 6:58 pm Reply with quote

This is the existentialist dilemma. And, yes, that was the tag I was looking for.

 
Jenny
1535.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 7:16 pm Reply with quote

Now here's an invention - and one that begins with B moreover - that I think may have been imagined into existence before anybody actually had a need for it:

http://start.msn.com/connecting.aspx?item=2

 
Frederick The Monk
1542.  Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:46 pm Reply with quote

Jack - I am in awe of your latin.

Hic ite!

 
Jenny
1568.  Sun Nov 16, 2003 7:57 pm Reply with quote

I'm in awe of anybody's Latin, having very little (and less Greek) of my own. I went to a technical high school, which were the CTCs of their day, and we were so up to date we did German instead of French and didn't study the classics. I thought this was a good idea at the time, but I was only eleven, which goes to show that decisions about education shouldn't be left to eleven year-olds.

 
Flash
3019.  Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:24 am Reply with quote

I could have sworn that somebody posted a message about the energy company PowerGen setting up an Italian subsidiary and using the the url powergenitalia, but I can't find it now even using the search facility so may be going bonkers. Anyway, am sorry to report this item, found in Fortean Times ish 178, Dec 2003, p10:

Quote:
Energy giant Powergen in Coventry said that it has no connection to the Italian website www.powergenitalia.com. Powergen Italia is actually an Italian battery firm, which was unaware that running its name together in its URL would prove amusing to English speakers.

Sunday Mercury, 22 June 2003

 
Frederick The Monk
3646.  Wed Dec 24, 2003 9:17 am Reply with quote

Just a quick post to say Happy Christmas to you all.

I must now retreat to the cellar for a couple of days to contemplate a few bottles of Nuits Saint Georges I saw lurking down there.

Fondest etc.....

Fred (& Steph & Connie)
x

 
'yorz
839021.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:18 am Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Things have to be imagined into existence before anybody can invent them, surely.


Really? Shurely people must occasionally have invented something purely by accident, without even looking for a solution to something?
Can't think of an example, but ....

 
dr.bob
839027.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:37 am Reply with quote

Viagra?

 
'yorz
839035.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:13 am Reply with quote

That must have been a lucky shot indeed.

 
CB27
839057.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:15 am Reply with quote

Wasn't this covered in one of the shows, I seem to recall it included artifical sweetener and volcanisation.

 
Jenny
839075.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:33 am Reply with quote

I certainly remember the artificial sweetener one - came about, IIRC, because German chemists used to be in the habit of tasting their preparations.

 
Posital
839110.  Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:47 am Reply with quote

LSD - not pounds shillings and pence... bit of an interesting bike ride home...

 
Zebra57
839237.  Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:54 am Reply with quote

penicillin was found by pure chance in a lab

 
samivel
839244.  Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:27 pm Reply with quote

Well, luck certainly played a part, but Fleming was looking for something along the lines of penicillin at the time; it wasn't as if it was a total fluke.

 
Zebra57
839310.  Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:16 pm Reply with quote

I take your point samivel. Post-it notes were 3M's Art Fry's invention using an weak adhesive developed by a colleague, Spencer Silver who was trying to develop a strong glue. It is therefore like Fleming's discovery as it was in a similar area of research.

Other "accidental finds" included Bakelite, Synthetic Dye (I think that the scientist was looking for a cure for malaria) and Heart Pacemakers.

 

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