happy accident

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 ?
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.
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.
The happy accident seems fitting for a young woman who left home at 17 and became a military wife.
If by some happy accident soot was red or green or blue, we would not be having this situation now.
I absolutely recognise that a successful economy is not a happy accident, and neither is it engineered through top-down government diktat.
The 41-yearold's album, Happy Accident, came out yesterday.
IBut it truly was a happy accident when Motown legend Martha Reeves was on her way to Mathew Street's Cavern Club for a performance that was part of the iconic venue's 60th anniversary season.
By happy accident, rather than forensic design, captain Darren Clarke partnered his Ten Million Dollar man with Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters in the aftermath of Friday morning's catastrophic whitewash.
We are always on the leading edge of critical issues affecting the men and women who served, and that's no happy accident.
A generous reading of the timing of this particular deal is that it's quite a happy accident for the Mouse House, which is releasing its fourth-quarterAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA earnings Thursday afternoon.
Bumpy cake, with its trademark buttercream bumps and fudgy chocolate frosting, started out as a happy accident.
One is intentional; the other is best described as a happy accident.