What you may not realize, however, is that people have been doing the same thing for a century! Not only was the first modern air conditioner developed and patented by Willis Haviland Carrier in 1901, but the popsicle was also (accidentally) invented in 1905 by a boy named Frank Epperson when he was only 11 years old!
One cold night in 1905, Epperson accidentally left a soft drink concoction made of flavored soda water powder and water out on his porch with the stirring stick still in it. By the morning, the stick was frozen fast into the substance. At this point, however, Epperson did little with this accidental invention other than have a good laugh with his friends, but 18 years later, he began to turn this accident into a fortune. He applied for a patent for his “frozen ice on a stick” in 1923, deciding to name the invention the “Eppsicle” ice pop.
Next time you find yourself enjoying a Popsicle, now you know you have the mistake of an 11-year-old boy to thank!