Fireproof paper (actually, fire resistant paper_
Problem: Paper is flammable. And although Dr. Honeydew didn’t state it outright, fire is a problem. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, in 2013 “fire departments responded to an estimated 1,240,000 fires. These fires resulted in 3,240 civilian fire fatalities, 15,925 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $11.5 billion in direct property loss.”
Solution: Create a paper that absolutely can’t catch fire.
Results: Uh-oh. But in Honeydew’s defense, science is a process.
In reality: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew isn’t the only scientist to get this wrong. Asbestos was a common fireproofing material until it was found to cause lung diseases, including cancer.
However, anyone can make a fire-resistant paper by treating it with Borax. Even Beaker.