Sex and Serendipity
Earlier this week, on January 28th to be precise, a friend sent me a note excitedly letting me know that on that day, in 1754, Horace Walpole used the word ‘serendipity’ for, apparently, the first time in the history of the English language.
Accompanying this article was the following little nugget attributed to Julius Comroe:
“Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer’s daughter.”
Maybe my mind’s in the gutter, but that seemed like a saucy outcome that Dr. Comroe was alluding to: Our needle searcher much to their surprise, instead of the needle they’d been lusting after, had found the farmer’s daughter instead. Sexual hilarity ensues …
Or, maybe, Dr. Comroe actually meant something like this:
“Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and finding a sewing kit”
I know boooring … perhaps a little more accurately connected to the...
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