According to Nassim Nicholas Taleb's theory, a Black Swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: it is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and after the event we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random.
Tomorrow I move house again - from the beach house in the bush perched on the estuary, to the crib on the beautiful Otago Peninsula, yards away from the sea. Quite close to the albatross and penguin and gannet colonies.
We call it "Cape Cod". We don't just see the birds there, we will live amongst them. Godwits, gulls, herons, stilts, ducks, oystercatchers, spoonbills, and of course: the black swans.
According to the famous mathematical thought experiment, Schroedinger's cat is neither dead nor alive. So it's a cool concept if you don't like being locked into binaries. Not so good if you don't like being locked into a lethal booby-trapped box. And from the cat's point of view, there is no ambiguity at all.