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happy accident

A mistake or unplanned event that results in a beneficial outcome or pleasant surprise. The creation of penicillin was a happy accident that resulted from Alexander Fleming's discovery of mold growing in his agar plates.
See also: accident, happy
References in classic literature ?
Thou sayest well, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "but remember all times are not alike nor do they always run the same way; and these things the vulgar commonly call omens, which are not based upon any natural reason, will by him who is wise be esteemed and reckoned happy accidents merely.
For this gentleman, when his fortunes changed, had stood at the great advantage of being already prepared for the highest associates, and having little to learn: so much was he indebted to the happy accidents which had made him acquainted with horse-dealing and billiard-marking.
Thanks to the happy accident of my position, the one certain way of protecting her lay easily within my reach.
This happy accident was not to be undone even by me, and, as nothing succeeds like success, and the constant encouragement of the one great cricketer on the field was in itself an immense stimulus, I actually made a run or two in my very next innings.
MUSIC Jamie Lawson The Ivor Novello Award-winning musician released his latest album, Happy Accidents, on Ed Sheeran's record label.
The painting's unabridged title is The Happy Accidents of the Swing, but clearly, neither the garter nor the voyeur is in any way accidental.
MUSIC Da Iawn Fest #3 With sets from Great Cynics, Grand Collapse, Hot Mass, The Fairweather Band, Happy Accidents, Masts, Austeros, The Run Up, Deadlines and Winter Coat.
8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN Channel 4, 9pm Sometimes, happy accidents occur.
It forces us to slow down and find happy accidents.
Jade wanted to capture the happy accidents that give personality to a track.
IBut, as their name suggests, it was an unintended gag that sparked the start of a hilarious musical journey for Dewsbury friends Chris Fox, 20, and Daniel Sean Henry, 23, who go by the name The Happy Accidents.
Good things don't usually come through happy accidents.
How can we make sure that happy accidents happen more frequently, even if a practitioner doesn't have the requisite facts at his or her fingertips?