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1. The word serendipity was coined by Sir Horace Walpole, from a fairytale "The Three Princes of Serendip". Serendip (or serendib) comes from the Arabic name for which modern day country?
2. The word serendipity appeared on a top ten list of English words which are the hardest to translate. Which of the following words also appeared on this list?
3. Serendipity is often closely related to luck or good fortune. Being born in what month is most likely to make you feel like you were born lucky?
4. One famous case of serendipity was Alexander Fleming's 'discovery' of penicillin, but which English scientist is credited as being the first to successfully cure a patient using it?
5. Science and medicine have benefited in many ways from serendipity. The relationship between the regulation of sugar in the blood and what organ was discovered through serendipity?
6. Anaphylaxis and serendipity do not seem to go well together, but its discovery was indeed serendipitous. Charles Richet discovered anaphylaxis while researching what?
7. Serendipity is sweet! Which sugar substitute was discovered while researching an anti-ulcer drug?
8. In 1958, cyanoacrylate, or super glue, was discovered for the second time! What was Harry Coover working on when he realised its potential use as an adhesive?
9. What item, commonly seen in offices around the world, was developed through serendipity?
10. Which one of the following common kitchen items was NOT discovered through serendipity?
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