Friday, August 27, 2010
Serendipity. I love that word. It just zippity do dahs off the tongue.
Serendipity is a natural tendency for making fortunate discoveries while looking for something unrelated.
I like the word so much that I looked it up and found some interesting discoveries:
~Chocolate chip cookies were invented by Ruth Wakefield when she attempted to make chocolate drop cookies. She did not have the required chocolate so she broke up a candy bar and placed the chunks into the cookie mix. These chunks later morphed into what is now known as chocolate chip cookies.
~Corn flakes and wheat flakes (Wheaties) were accidentally discovered by the Kelloggs brothers in 1898, when they left cooked wheat unattended for a day and tried to roll the mass, obtaining a flaky material instead of a sheet.
~Arthur Fry happened to attend a 3M college's seminar on a new "low-tack" adhesive and, wanting to anchor his bookmarks in his hymnal at church, went on to invent Post-It Notes.
~The microwave oven was invented by Percy Spencer while testing a magnetron for radar sets at Raytheon, he noticed that a peanut candy bar in his pocket had melted when exposed to radar waves.
~Christopher Columbus was looking for a new way to India in 1492 and wound up landing in The Americas. Native Americans were therefore called Indians.
Then there is the movie Serendipity (2001) with John Cusack (Jonathon) and Kate Beckinsale (Sara) and a scene from the movie which takes place in the New York restaurant Serendipity:
Jonathan: This is the ultimate blend to drink. How’d you find this place?
Sara: I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It’s one of my favorite words.
Jonathan: It is? Why?
Sara: It’s such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident.
In my serendipitous quest, I made a chance discovery of my own, a blog called The Serendipity Factory, full of inspirational findings.
Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer’s daughter.
- Julius Comroe Jr.