Accidental Discoveries - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Accidental Discoveries

$10 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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$10 per device
New York City, New York
What We’ll Do

Accidental Discoveries is a series of talks revealing accidents that led to major discoveries in a different fields each week, including astronomy, math, biology, and more!

The history of the world is riddled with stories of accidents. Join your host, Kelly Reidy, as she takes you down a rabbit hole of missed targets and unexpected consequences. Get inspired to go with the flow as you learn about the characters and circumstances surrounding these events!

Oct. 16 — Old-Timey Medicine! — Remember when chloroform was prescribed as cough syrup? Neither does Kelly! Finally find a reason to feel grateful for existing in 2020 as Kelly discusses some surprisingly horrific old-timey medical practices.

Oct. 23 — Dead Bodies! — Almost always, dead bodies are discovered accidentally, and if the finder is lucky, the body is preserved and can be studied! Yay! This week Kelly will be discussing dead bodies in various states of decomposition, including bog bodies, mummies, and even Vladimir Lenin.

Oct. 30 — Horrors! — For this special Halloweek edition of Accidental Discoveries, Kelly will be creeping and floating through all things eerie, including spirits, witches, and seances… oh my! Be prepared to sleep with the lights on after this one!

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Dr. Kelly Reidy
Dr. Kelly Reidy

Dr. Kelly Reidy is a storyteller, performer, and rogue scientist based in New York City. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Math & Science at Pratt Institute and has traveled the world as a creative consultant with Museum Hack. In her spare time, she writes and performs small songs about, among other things, love and mathematics. Find her on IG and Twitter: @drunkascheese!

What Else You Should Know

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