September 28, 1928

On September 28, 1928, scientist Alexander Fleming noticed a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory. He later named it Steve, but when he found out other scientists had already named their pet bacteria Steve, Stephen, Stephon, Stevie, and Steffan, he decided to call his penicillin.

Fleming’s pet mold may not have had the coolest name, but it saved a lot of lives. Share Twisted-History for more scientific pet tricks.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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