How Accidents Changed The World

We know that nothing in this world is an accident right? As I’ve been saying, everything has a purpose! Instead of writing a story or a deep insight into this, I figured I would go practical! Here are 10 things that wouldn’t exist today if not for an accident!

  1. Coca-Cola: 

This is probably the most commonly known one today, but Coca-Cola was                  originally intended to be a medication. This is why the original Coke included cocaine on its list of ingredients!coke_305006

     2.  Saccharine (artificial sweetener):

 

In 1879, chemist Constantine Fahlberg was working in the lab one day and forgot to wash his hands when he came home. While he was eating, he noticed that everything he put in his mouth had a sweet taste and realized that two of the chemicals left on his hands were the cause of it!

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    3. Penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming was trying to create a “wonder drug” that could cure diseases. He came back to the lab the next day to find that all of his Petri dishes were contaminated with bacteria. (His lab was in a hospital and the hospitals were quite dirty back then.) When he came across one dish that contained mold, he noticed that the bacteria was dissolving around the mold and whatever was under the mold did not have the bacteria. When he grew the mold by itself, he learned that it contained a powerful antibiotic, penicillin. penicillin.png

    4. Sticky Notes

Spencer Silver at 3M Laboratories, was trying to create a strong adhesive. While working, he created an adhesive that was weaker than what already existed, but could be pulled off easily without leaving any marks. Years later, a colleague spread the adhesive on little pieces of paper to mark his place in a book and sticky notes were born!wall_covered_with_sticky_notes-100693853-large.jpg

    5. Ink-Jet Printers

A Canon engineer accidentally rested a hot iron on his pen and shortly after, the ink from the pen was ejected. This theory caused the Ink-Jet printer to be created!images.jpeg

    6. The Pacemaker

John Hopps was an electrical engineer who was conducting research on hypothermia. He was trying to use radio frequency heating to restore body temperature. During his experiment, he realized if a heart stops beating due to cooling, it could be started again by an artificial stimulation. This lead to the pacemaker!pacemaker.jpg

   7. Potato Chips

In 1853, George Crum, a chef at the Carey Moon Lake House, was making a plate of fried potato for a customer. The customer sent his plate back many times complaining they were too thick and not fried enough. George Crum got mad and fed up and sliced the potatoes super super thin and fried them until they were as hard as a rock! The chef was surprised when the customer loved them and wanted more! 19955190-407805769jpg.jpg

   8. Velcro

George de Mestral, a Swiss engineer was on a hunting trip with his dog when burrs kept getting stuck to its fur. He managed to replicate this effect in his lab and create Velcro. But it wasn’t until NASA that this technology became popular. Hook-and-Loop.jpg

   9. The Microwave

Percy Spencer was conducting a radar-related research project with a new vacuum tube. He realized that during his experiments, his candy bar would start to melt in his pocket! He put popcorn in the machine to test it and it started to pop! After this he knew this device was revolutionary! 08_Microwave_OTR_ME18H704SFS_R-Perspective-Open_Silver.jpeg

  10. X-Rays

Wilhem Roentgen was an eccentric physicist. He was investigating the properties of cathodic ray tubes. When he shined a light through the tubes, he saw that the fluorescent papers in his lab were illuminated even though his machine had an opaque cover. Thus, the X-Ray was discovered! x-ray-skull-from-right-side.jpg

There’s no such thing as mistakes – only a lack of foresight. -Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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When It Really Hits Home

This morning, my beloved great-grandfather, Zaidy Veveh, passed away. Although this is a deeply personal matter, after a lot of tears, I realized this would be a prime example of true Divine Providence.

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My great-grandfather lived a long, full and happy life. He merited to see many of his grandchildren get married, and got to meet and spread his joy to many of his great-grandchildren.

We live our lives knowing somewhat that everything and everyone has their purpose in life and that everything happens for a reason. I’ll admit, it’s a lot easier said than done.

When I found out he passed away, I found myself thinking, why now? Why couldn’t he live a few more years? Months? Even days? Why couldn’t I visit him one more time? Zaidy didn’t even get to meet my future husband, or my future children. My future family will never know what a loving, fun great-grandfather he was. They will never be able to know Zaidy.

They will never know what it means for a person to always have a smile on their face, no matter what the circumstance. Or to always have the perfect thing to say to anyone who crosses their path. This was the essence of Zaidy. Why is it fair that my future family won’t get to meet him and love him the same way I did? img_0626.jpg

But then, as I sat in his house with all of my extended family I realized something. My entire family was only supposed to stay until Sunday since they were all here for Passover. Zaidy wanted to make sure all of us were together and that we all got to say goodbye. IMG_2225

 

 

 

img196On top of all of this, continuing the holiday in mourning is hard. Especially for my grandmother, and her two sisters. But really, for all of us. For anyone who even got to meet Zaidy.

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A huge light went out as soon as he left this world. A light that can never be replaced. That one word: why? It just keeps popping into my head. But that is exactly what Divine Providence is. There are some things that we just don’t know the reason for. Each and every one of us need to go through our own challenges for our own reasons. Are they easy? No. Do we need to go through them? Yes.

Why did God need to take Zaidy Veveh? Obviously no one lives forever but why today? Why now? The answer? I don’t know. No one knows. But there is clearly a plan and clearly a reason.

What we do know is that he is reunited with his wife, Bubie Sarah, and I know that they are happy and at peace. I also know that he will always be there looking out for me. 20160105_123057

l’iluy nishmas Zev ben Shmuel Alter

 

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

This is a question that’s probably been asked more times than we can count. It is a good one that but we can’t answer it directly. Here’s a small story to give you a little glimpse:

During WWII, a boy came home one day to find that his sister had been taken. Without even thinking, this 16 year old boy runs to the bunker where they took her. He barges through the door and goes “Give me back my sister!”

The Nazi officer looks at him and laughs. “Boys! He wants his sister back! Ha! Should we give back the sister?”

“Ya ya ya! Sure! Let’s give him back his sister! Tell you what, kid. We’ll give you back your sister….when you grow hair on your palms! Ha!”

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The boy looks and them and goes, “Ok”, and sticks out his hands; and there is hair on his palms. The officers start can’t believe what they see. They just wanted him out of there because they were so scared. They threw out the boy and his sister and they both ended up surviving the war.

Many years later, someone went to interview this man, who still had hair on his palms. The interviewer asked him what is was. He said when he was a little kid, he got burned terribly on his hands and they grafted skin from an area of his body that had hair. His whole life he was so embarrassed but the very thing that he thought “why?” was what ended up saving him and his sister.

This story came from a speech that answers this very question. I have never heard this question answered better than by Rabbi Gavriel Friedman, or “Rav Gav” as they call him. He is a brilliant man who is intriguing to listen to, and humour is his specialty. Definitely not your typical Rabbi!

The way he goes about answering this question is by building up from the beginning. He explains it with very logical concepts, in addition to fascinating stories. It is long so you don’t have to listen to the whole thing, or even any of it, but I highly recommend that you do, even just the first 3 minutes! It gave me a completely new perspective on this concept and really gave me a lot more clarity.

Let me know what you think of the video in the comments! Or if you want me to do a sum up of the video in another post!

Bad things sometimes happen to good people; the key to happiness is to try and make the best of, and be thankful for the hand we are dealt. -Colleen Houck

The Ultimate Protection

Almost a year ago, my family experienced nothing less than an open miracle.

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Looks scary? What if I told you that my baby cousin, who wasn’t even 2 yet, was sitting right where that car hit?

Let me start from the beginning. My aunt lives in New Jersey and came to Toronto for Passover. She was staying by her in-laws and was getting everyone ready to go say hi to her parents. Her husband put their daughter in the car while she went to go get the other two kids ready. Her husband left the car door opened so that the baby wouldn’t be hot.

He stood there for a few minutes and then walked away to go see if the other kids were almost ready. Less than 30 seconds after he walked away, a car rammed into the side of the car. Right where he had been standing.

He ran to the baby who was screaming and completely covered, head to toe, in glass. Through her screaming, she spit out her pacifier because there was glass in her mouth. His father, who is a well known pediatrician, came running to inspect her. Thank God, the only thing she had on her was a tiny scratch on her pinky toe. My aunt spent the next hour trying to get all of the glass out of the baby’s hair.

The car was totalled and the car seat couldn’t be used anymore, but my uncle and the baby were completely fine. How? Well had my uncle not walked away at that second, the car would have hit him. Had he not left the car door opened, the car would have hit the baby directly. Since the door on the van was opened, it acted as a doubled layer and protected the baby.

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All these little things seemed like nothing before the car hit. But after, these little things saved two lives. Nothing in this world is insignificant. When we begin to see that, we start to look at everything with a whole new perspective.

Do you believe in miracles? Well, you should. In fact, life itself is a big miracle. There are so many things that are beyond our understanding. There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; or you can live as if everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein

An Everyday Miracle

As I’m sitting by my gate at the airport, I can’t help but remember a remarkable story that happened a few years ago.

I was travelling to New York for midwinter break and a bunch of girls in my grade were on my flight. I was running pretty late and as I was racing through the airport, my friend called to tell me they had been paging me. When I got to the gate, the staff at the desk told me I had missed the flight and I would have to take the next one.Running through the airport

Normally, this wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I was getting a ride into New Jersey with a family friend who was on that flight! I felt horrible and told her I would take a cab, but she insisted she would wait the extra hour and a half for me.

Everything else went well and I landed in Newark Liberty International Airport. As I handed my customs form to the officer on my way out, he stopped me.

“Was there someone on your flight named Judith?”

I looked at him like he was crazy. How was I supposed to know? I didn’t play the get to know you game with the people on my flight! I told him I’m sorry and I have no idea.

“Are you sure? You don’t know this person?” He proceeded to show me a passport and the person’s picture.Passport

Well, that passport happened to have been my friend’s! She doesn’t go by her legal name so I had no idea who he was referring to. She had dropped her passport on the way out and didn’t realize. If I had been on her flight, who knows how or if she would have gotten her passport?

Although I had to miss my flight, I think it was well worth it since I was able to find her passport and return it to her safely. It’s the little things like this in the world that make you really appreciate everything that happens in our lives. The hard part is to start noticing them. 🙂

Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you. -Jon Bon Jovi

What Do We Really See?

Imagine this:

You pass a door. You hear someone screaming. You see a small hole in the door and look in. The person is clearly in a lot of pain. You can barley see, but you do manage to make out another person, hovering over them. Your mind races. Murder? Torture? What could be happening in there? A small part of you panics and you open the door.

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When you walk in you feel relieved and stupid at the same time. The person screaming was a patient getting their tooth fixed. The murderer/torturer? You guessed it. Just the dentist.

Although it seemed like the dentist was hurting the person, all he was really doing was helping him. He was trying to stop the pain permanently. But in order for that to happen, he needed to endure it for a little longer.

This is, in essence, how our lives are. We may think we know the reason for something but we don’t. We are just looking through a tiny hole. We have no idea what could be going on on the other side. The pain in the moment may just be the means to stop the pain for life.

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How many times have you heard someone say “This isn’t what it looks like!” Many times it isn’t. It may look like someone is sad, hurt, or doing something wrong, but we never know what’s going on. Just like we don’t always know the reason for things that happen to ourselves, we don’t know what is going on with others too.

So next time something or someone hurts you or someone else, whether physically or emotionally, just remember that the pain isn’t for nothing, if anything it may be the start of something great.

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. -Leonard Cohen

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Do you ever think about what really separates the winners from the losers in life? There’s a passage that says “Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight” and this is going to explain everything.

The first thing that comes to your mind is probably who is the richest, looks the happiest, or is the most popular. We look at these people and they seem to never have anything bad happen to them – it’s like they never fall! I’m gonna show you that that’s not true.

The real way to define who is a winner and who is a loser, is who gets back up after they fall. Everyone, even the most “perfect” people go through hard things in life. What makes them successful, is that they overcome them.

So now you’re probably thinking, well ok, so they fall. Why is it specifically 7 times? Why not 2? Or 6? Or 10? The passage was explaining that we have to constantly fall – through all 7 days of the week! We don’t just fall once and expect to be great – we have to constantly keep getting back up!contacto-fisioterapia-soria-lesion-muscular.png

You may be thinking, well what if I just can’t? What if it’s too hard? And you know what? You’re right! Sometimes it seems like that. But here’s the comfort: No challenge is put in front of us unless we are capable of conquering it. Even if in the moment it seems as though you may never recover, just know that you will! You have the strength to be able to overcome everything life throws at you. Like when a baby falls and gets hurt, it may seem as though he can’t get up but somehow, he does! Sometimes it takes a few minutes but he keeps trying and eventually, gets back up.

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Now here is where it ties together. Why do we need to fall in the first place? Why do we have to go through these challenges in life? The reason is this: without falling, we having nothing to get up from. In order to keep going higher and higher, sometimes we need to go down first. When we fall, it may not be the bad horrible thing it seems like in the moment, but rather the reason we grow. By getting up, we become a winner. Not because we’re better than someone else. But because we didn’t let our own challenges drag us down.tyson-gay.jpg

This post was inspired by this short 2 minute video I saw. If you have a chance, take a look 🙂

Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey. -Author Unknown