What superglue has in common with the invention of aerosol cans and chewing gum

This week I learned about some cool inventions as per my experiment.

Did you know… that Aerosol cans were first invented for carbonated drinks. They were a niche product, serving a small market, BUT, when the U.S. government funded research into a portable way for service men to spray malaria-carrying bugs during World War II, Lyle Goodhue and William Sullivan developed a smaller version of an aerosol can pressurized by a liquefied gas (a fluorocarbon).

Aerosol Can Invention

Then in 1943, when Robert Abplanalp invented lightweight aluminum, aerosol cans started to become useful for everything.

Aerosol cans have something in common then with superglue, which was invented 20 years before it ever became famous.

Lesson 1: Popular inventions have needs

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Thomas Adams is another inventor who listened to someone else’s advice (Edward Goodrich Acheson who invented Carborundum was another), and invented something surprising.

Apparently, it was General Antonio de Santa Anna, in exile from Mexico, who suggested that the unsuccessful but inventive photographer experiment with chicle from Mexico. Santa Anna felt that chicle could be used to make a synthetic rubber tire.

Chicle Gum Invention Mexico

Adams attempted to make toys, masks, rain boots, and bicycle tires, but every experiment failed. One day in 1869, he popped a piece of surplus stock into his mouth and liked the taste. Chewing away, he had the idea to add flavoring to the chicle. Voila, he invented chewing gum.

Assorted Chicle Gum Invention Mexico

So chewing gum also has something in common with superglue – no, not the consistency, but the fact that it was invented by accident.

Lesson 2: Inventions first happen by accident

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