There are some things we can live without: hover boards, the noodle fan, wigs for cats, the selfie-stick, a gym subscription. Others, we didn’t know we couldn’t live without. They may not crucial for our survival, but life just wouldn’t be the same without them. A favorite childhood toy, America’s favorite beverage, a life-saving medication — we traced the down sixteen modern commodities that not only created a foundation for our life, but in some cases, keep us alive. Some of the world’s most recognizable or important discoveries were stumbled upon by accident.