Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely.
The word derives from an old Persian fairy tale and was coined by Horace Walpole on 28th of January 1754 in a letter he wrote to his friend Horace Mann (not the same man as the famed American educator).
This should not be confused with Synchronicity - which is an album by the Police (but that's another story).
I have no idea why this song popped into my head this morning. It's such a cheery tune to hum in the morning
and if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side what a wonderful way to die ...
Today in History:
January 28, 814 -
First Reich: Charlemagne, German emperor, dies at the age of 71.
Though he had conquered much of Europe, his legacy was considerably reduced after his death from mismanagement and incompetence.
Coincidentally, The Siege of Paris, lasting from September 19, 1870 – January 28, 1871, ends, bringing about French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and led to the establishment of the German Empire (Second Reich).
Due to a severe shortage of food, Parisians were forced to slaughter whatever animals at hand. Rats, dogs, cats, and horses were regular fare on restaurant menus.
* Consommé de Cheval au millet. (horse)
* Brochettes de foie de Chien à la maître d'hôtel. (dog)
* Emincé de rable de Chat. Sauce mayonnaise. (cat)
* Epaules et filets de Chien braisés. Sauce aux tomates. (dog)
* Civet de Chat aux Champignons. (cat)
* Côtelettes de Chien aux petits pois. (dog)
* Salmis de Rats. Sauce Robert. (rats)
* Gigots de chien flanqués de ratons. Sauce poivrade. (rats)
* Begonias au jus. (flowers)
* Plum-pudding au rhum et à la Moelle de Cheval. (horse)
Even Castor and Pollux, the only pair of elephants in Paris, were not spared.
January 28, 1958 -
Those damn little toys that you step on in the middle of the night got their start today.
The Lego company patented their design of modern Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
January 28, 1973 -
Barnaby Jones, starring Buddy Ebsen, premieres on CBS, on this date.
This was George Uttley's (Tom Poston) all-time favorite show in the sitcom Newhart. George would often quote Barnaby when faced with a problem and he needed sage advice to solve it.
January 28, 1977 -
Star of TV's Chico and the Man, Freddie Prinze has a violent allergic reaction to lead.
He commits suicide by shooting himself in the head on this date. He was only 23.
January 28, 1978 -
Fantasy Island, starring Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize, debuted on ABC television on this date.
The actual aircraft used in the series, a Grumman Widgeon seaplane, was rented from a local charter company and almost all of the footage of the plane used throughout the series and films was shot in one day and recycled over the entire run.
January 28, 1986 -
Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates 74 seconds into its flight, killing teacher Christa McAuliffe and the rest of the crew. Their capsule plunged intact into the ocean, pulverizing everyone on impact, making a rescue attempt difficult, if not impossible.
The cause was later found to be failure of a booster rocket O-rings because of the cold weather .
Moral: Avoid rocket travel this week, if possible.
And so it goes.