1. 8 brilliant scientific screw-ups

    Anesthesia (1844)
    Mistake leading to discovery: Recreational drug use
    Lesson learned: Too much of a good thing can sometimes be, well, a good thing

    For decades Nitrous oxide was considered no more than a party toy. Finally, in 1844, a dentist came upon the idea after witnessing a nitrous mishap at a party. High on the gas, a friend of fell and suffered a deep gash in his leg, but didn’t feel a thing. In fact, he didn’t know he’d been seriously injured until someone pointed out the blood pooling at his feet.

    7 other accidental scientific discoveries

    Photo from: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

     
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    And this is why I want to be an anesthesiologist
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