17 Products That Were Invented by Accident

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The best-laid plans can often go awry. Sometimes, when they do, the result can be pure profit.

Millions have been made from accidental discoveries, proof of the adage that sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

Coca-Cola ( KO) and Pepsi ( PEP) were birthed as medicinal remedies. Plastic was first synthesized in a failed effort to reproduce the shellac once made from beetle husks and Charles Goodyear, as in Goodyear ( GT), made no secret that his revolutionary process for vulcanized rubber was discovered randomly.

Here are 10 other big products that went from being missteps to life-changing discoveries:

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