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The term serendipity not part of dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ). The Urgent Spanish Foundation (Fundéu BBVA ), however, states that its use is correct and suggests using it as a synonym for fluke (cannon ).

The concept is linked to a discovery that is achieved casually and unexpectedly , when in reality it was trying to find or get something different. Serendipity is also the quality of a person to warn that it has managed to discover an important thing, beyond which it does not keep a link with what it was originally looking for.

Serendipity comes from serendipity, an English term coined by the British writer and politician Horace Walpole in the middle of century XVIII . Walpole it was based on a Persian story that takes place in the serendip island (Ceylon ), in which the princes managed to solve various problems thanks to different coincidences .

An example of serendipity occurred with the medication known as viagra . Doctors began testing with this drug (sildenafil citrate ) to treat angina pectoris and hypertension. In studies they warned that its effect on treatment of these conditions was reduced, but they discovered that the drug generated erections persistent in those who ingest it. In this way, a pharmaceutical company took advantage of this serendipity and launched the viagra to combat the erectile dysfunction .

In the plane of the literature , serendipity is spoken of when a fiction writer writes about an event he imagines and, later, the event happens in real life by chance.

There are several cases of literary serendipities that exist. However, there are three that are considered really curious and that have generated endless articles, comments and studies over time:
-In the year 1914 the writer Morgan Robertson published his work "Beyond the spectrum", in which he came to raise a war between the United States and Japan, in which flying machines attacked forcefully what was the naval base of Pearl Harbor
-The same author of the previous case published in the year 1898 his novel "Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan", which revolves around the wreck of a large ship called Titan that collides with an iceberg and sinks just during That is your maiden voyage.
-In the year 1838, the author Edgar Allan Poe published his novel "The narration of Arthur Gordon Pym", which tells how a ship suffers a shipwreck and only four people are saved, including a young man named Richard Parker, who He will be killed by the rest to feed. A case that became real almost fifty years later when a shipwreck happened and one of its survivors, named Richard Parker, was eaten by the others.

In addition to all this, we cannot forget the idea of ​​the existence of the movie “Serendipity” (2001), directed by Peter Chelsom and starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It becomes a romantic film that tells how, by chance, a man and a woman meet. Both have a partner but that does not prevent them from feeling something very special. However, they will decide that it will be the destination that must establish whether they will meet again or not.

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