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    Accidental Discoveries

    Accidents happen. From minor fender benders and spilled drinks to mistakes which escalate to catastrophic events, accidents are inevitable. In rare cases, however, an accident means something good. And a tiny fraction of such accidents change the world forever. Follow the Accidental Discoveries series on Sputnik news to find out what staples of modern life were more luck than labor.

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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

      Accidental Discoveries
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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

      Accidental Discoveries
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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

      Accidental Discoveries
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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

      Accidental Discoveries
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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

      Accidental Discoveries
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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

      Accidental Discoveries
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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

      Accidental Discoveries
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      Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, said Thomas Edison, boasting that none of his inventions came by accident. And yet some major discoveries can be attributed to chance. Follow our series Accidental Discoveries to witness the successful "1%" of inspiration.

      Accidental Discoveries