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Horace Walpole (c. 1754) coined the word serendipity from a Persian fairy tale, "The Three Princes of Serendip". The story comes from a long oral tradition in India. Serendip (or Sarandip) is the former Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, an island off the southeast coast of India.

The story goes something like this: The King of Serendip already had three well-educated sons, but he wanted them to have even more experiences so that they would be wise leaders throughout the kingdom in the future. After a feigned disagreement, the king sent the princes of Serendip away, presumably to explore and learn more about neighboring countries.

Out in the world, the three princes showed remarkable propensity to make seemingly wild, but educated guesses, which led to the discovery of a lame, one-eyed camel that had recently been stolen by a pregnant virgin. In the beginning the princes were accused of having stolen the camel since they knew so much about it, but soon the stolen camel shows up wandering in the desert. After a short time celebration of the recurrent camel, the princes continued on their journey to explore the world.