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unforeseen benefits

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  • I think maybe we can. You'd have to ask the people who live around the harbor though. I live in a wussy region which doesn't freeze every year.

    December 10, 2007

  • Great story! Can we arrange for a blind man to find his lost glass eye when the ice melts one year?

    December 10, 2007

  • Haha! No better example of an unforeseen benefit than that!

    December 10, 2007

  • Usage note:

    "Sometimes the breakup of the ice also brought unforeseen benefits. One spring, after the ice melted, Fred Kinsella found Nick Lane's false teeth in the harbor. He had lost them in the ice and snow covering the harbor the year before, at the start of the winter."

    --quoted in Robert Mellin, Tilting: House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, and Other Tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.

    December 9, 2007