Curiosity: The Spice of (Artistic) Life

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Zapp's Voodoo chips

At lunch yesterday, I tried Zapp’s Potato Chip’s new “limited edition” flavor, Voodoo.  Citrus-y, pungent, but not really spicy-hot, it was unlike any other chip I’d tasted.  The really interesting  part was the story on the back of the bag:

Voodoo flavor is the result of an accident.  An employee was moving a pallet of spices off the top shelf and dropped it.  While cleaning up, someone stuck their finger into the mixture of about 5 flavors and pronounced it great.

Kudos to the creative person who had enough curiosity to sample a pile of spilled spices!  If they hadn’t, such a unique flavor might well have gone undiscovered.  I just hope they didn’t break the Five-Second Rule.

How many of us work in an environment that encourages curiosity rather than punishes accidents?  For that matter, how many of us take time to experiment when we have an artistic accident of some sort, instead of just chastising ourselves for wasted time, effort, or supplies?