Luck touches every part of our lives. As the Roman poet Ovid once said, "Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast. In the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish."
Consider, if you will, the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the chocolate-peanut-butter marriage was celebrated with a highly successful ad campaign featuring two people colliding and their beloved foods intermingling. Their campy verbal exchange--"You got peanut butter on my chocolate!" "Your chocolate is in my peanut butter!"--would end with unintended gastronomic bliss. Decades on, these spots still resonate. Why? Because we love happy culinary accidents, and, as it happens, there's no shortage of them. Luck drives so many of those culinary instances of unforeseen good fortune that have kept our bellies full and our kitchens running smoothly over the centuries.
Josh Chetwynd, from How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun
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