Top 10 Great Inventions That Went Bad for Mankind

This article takes us to the list of several great inventions that could have redefined human history in a more positive way. Unfortunately, these top 10 great inventions that have gone bad is a painful proof about the frailties of man and how he can bring harm and catastrophe to himself and to others. The people who were responsible for these inventions had noble intentions. Unfortunately, their inventions ended in the wrong hands.


1. Ecstasy

ecstasy pills

Ecstasy was developed by Anton Kollisch when it was extracted as by-product of a drug that he was researching on to control abnormal bleeding. It never gained serious attention until it started to become a favorite drug of dance clubs habitués. It was during the era of the Rave culture that it became the drug of choice. It is considered as one of the four top illegal drugs that are responsible for numerous deaths every year.


2. Concentration Camps

Concentration Camps

The original intention of Frederick Roberts for setting up refugee camps is to provide refuge for innocent civilians who have been displaced by the Boer War. However, when Lord Kitchener to over the helm of control from Frederick Roberts; the former used these refugee camps to break the uprising by committing untold atrocities against innocent civilians. It was estimated that more than 26,000 women and children met their painful and harrowing end in these concentration camps.


3. Rockets

V2 rocket

The rockets were conceptualized and developed primarily to realize the lifelong dream of man to explore the vast outer space. Unfortunately, the NAZI used the knowledge of Werner von Braun in developing V2 rockets which eventually killed 7,250 military staff and about 20,000 slaves who were involved in the construction of these rockets.


4. Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear Fusion

The curiosity of Sir Marcus Laurence Elwin Oliphant in determining if a hydrogen nucleus can be made to react with another hydrogen nucleus, paved the way for the development of the hydrogen bomb. The hydrogen bomb is a weapon of mass destruction that has the capability of doing damage of cataclysmic proportions.


5. Sarin Gas

Sarin Gas

Dr. Gerhard Schrader accidentally discovered tabun and sarin while researching on a new generation insecticide in his effort to help mankind combat poverty and hunger. He is now remembered, not by his positive contributions and intentions, but by being the father of sarin gas.


6. Leaded Gasoline

Leaded Gasoline Pumps

Thomas Midgley had the noble intentions of resolving the long standing problem of knocking of gasoline-fed engines when he introduced tetraethyl lead additive to gasoline. Leaded petrol is now blamed for multiple health problems and deaths due to lead poisoning.


7. TNT

tnt molecule

Trinitrotoluene or TNT was discovered by Joseph Wilbrand in 1863 and was primarily used as a dye. It was only during 1902 when the enormous power of the TNT was recognized and became the main cause of major deaths during both World War I and World War II.


8. Zyklon B

Zyklon B

Nobel Prize winner Fritz Haber is the Jewish scientist who was responsible for the development of the affordable nitrogen fertilizer and was the brains behind the chemical weapons that were used by the Germans during World War I. Zyklon B, which was originally used as a fumigant, was the main substance used in gas chambers that killed millions of Jews during World War II.


9. Gatling Gun
Gatling Gun

The Gatling gun was developed by Richard Jordan Gatling in order to allow fewer soldiers to go to the battlefield and to fight the battles that normally will require an army. With the rapidity of firing, a soldier armed with a Gatling gun is able to perform tasks done by a hundred of soldiers.


10. Agent Orange

Agent Orange

This chemical was developed by Arthur Galston to boost the rate of growth soybeans. By using Agent Orange, farmers can now plant soybean even during short seasons. It has led to the death and disability to more than 400,000 Vietnamese with the same number of birth defects during the Vietnam War.

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11 Responses

  1. LT

    The List is good, but Nuclear Fusion? Are you kidding me? Of course it can be used to kill people, like every frigging thing in the galaxy, but it’s also the future of energetics, an infinite source of energy, and if other source’s would expire, guess what…we can make some with nuclear fusion, because that’s the way they come to existence in the first frigging place!

  2. Damian

    I agree – nuclear fusion is bad for humans same way as invention of knife.
    There should be religion on this list=]

  3. Bob

    It’s a common mistake that XTC kills people, far the most deads are from dehydration and overheating. NOT by XTC itself, but as a lack of drinking sufficiently and dancing continuesly.

  4. larry

    “It was estimated that more than 26,000 women and children met their painful and harrowing end in these concentration camps.”

    you’re off by about 6,000,000. good work

  5. Tasmanian Devil

    I feel sorry for most of these inventors. They had good intentions but man has a tendency to use anything to kill or harm each other. As for the hydrogen bomb, they are the only reason we haven’t had a third world war. Hopefully the treat will be enough to keep the major powers in line (deranged terrorist are another matter though).

  6. JT

    Nuclear weapons use nuclear FISSION (splitting atoms), not fusion (fusing atoms). The only place fusion takes place within 100,000,000 miles of Earth is in the Sun.

  7. ash

    Thomas Midgley also invented CFC’s he is now regarded as the person who is responsible for the most amount of human deaths.

  8. idnapper

    The Automobile: Allows the spreading of suburbia in to the wilderness thus destroying biodiversity and contributing to environmental degradation, deforestation, and the paving of millions of acres of arable land, AND the automobile kills or maims millions of human beings every year.

  9. Emmy

    Agent Orange was used to deliberately destroy forests, crops, and general plant life in Vietnam… I don’t think anyone could use it to improve soybean growth, nor was that ever the point.


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