10 Of The Absolute Best Accidents Ever

Your parents always told you that you’ll accomplish something great if you put your mind to it. Turns out great things also happen when your mind is put to something else completely.

1. Johnny Depp’s acting career

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Johnny Depp had no intention of being an actor when Wes Craven discovered him. A struggling musician at the time, Depp accompanied his friend Jackie Earle Haley to an audition for A Nightmare on Elm Street when Craven spotted him and asked him to audition.

2. Silly Putty

Silly Putty was accidentally created by scientist James Wright during World War II while trying to create a synthetic rubber substitute.

3. This amazing trick shot


4. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining Fleetwood Mac

After Bob Welch split from Fleetwood Mac in 1974, founding member Mick Fleetwood started searching for a replacement. While in California’s Sound City Studios, he was played a track by a sound engineer that he was currently mixing. The track happened to belong to Buckingham and Nicks. Fleetwood asked to meet Lindsey Buckingham, who coincidentally was at the studio that day recording demos. Fleetwood asked Buckingham to join Fleetwood Mac and he agreed on the condition that he his musical partner (Nicks) could join as well.

5. This amazing batting cage boomerang miracle

How is the batter not freaking out? This doesn’t happen. Ever.

6. The Frisbee

The Frisbee was originally a tin container created by the Frisbie Bakery in Bridgeport, Connecticut used to bake pies. Who knows if Frisbees would have ever been invented if it wasn’t for some Yale students who started throwing the empty pie tins around after they licked them clean.

7. Superglue

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Eastman Kodak accidentally invented Superglue when he and his team of scientists were trying to create plastic gunsights during WWII.

8. Gisele Bundchen’s modeling career

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The supermodel whose past campaigns include Chanel, Versace, Dior, and of course Victoria’s Secret (just to name a few) was discovered completely by accident. 14-year-old Bundchen was approached by an Elite modeling agent while eating McDonald’s on a school field trip to the mall. Lucky her. Lucky us!

9. This completely unbelievable backwards shot!

You HAVE to watch the video to see this wizard make the shot as the buzzer goes off!

10. The lineup scene in 1995’s The Usual Suspects

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The iconic scene where the five criminals meet was supposed to be straightforward and serious. According to the DVD extras, however, the cast couldn’t stop laughing due to Benicio Del Toro’s flatulence that day. After trying the scene again and again, director Bryan Singer ended up allowing his five leading men to completely improvise the now hilarious bit.

Inspired by the revolutionary dance move that happened completely by accident, “Phone, Keys, Gum.”

Or was it fate?

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