36 All-Time Failures That Should Make You Feel Better About Yourself

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36 All-Time Failures That Should Make You Feel Better About Yourself

You can give it your best shot, you can throw millions of dollars at a problem, you can lie until your tongue falls out. Sometimes the best ideas and the worst intentions are just bound to end in disaster.

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A misplaced decimal point made spinach a superfood. In 1870, a German chemist calculated the 8 9 amount of iron found 4 5 in spinach and other 6 vegetables. When he you EXI yon BY LY YONA Exp 2 3 recorded his findings, د he misplaced the YOU XOW XOn decimal point. The amount of iron in spinach is 3.5 mg per 100g, but he wrote down 35 mg. Despite repeated efforts by the scientific community to set the record straight, the myth that spinach is ridiculously high in iron persists to this day. http://it toolbox .om/blogs/infosphere/spinach-how-a-data- CRACKED.COM quality-mistake-created-a-myth-and-a-cartoon-character-10166

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A missing line cost NASA $80 million. It was 1962, and NASA launched America's first inter-planetary probe Mariner 1. Its destination was Venus. But a single typo in a computer equation caused the spacecraft to veer off course. Specifically, it was an overbar - a line that goes above a letter or number. NASA had to detonate Mariner 1 five minutes after liftoff. R Arthur С. Clarke called n the mission wrecked by the most expensive hyphen in history. CRACKED.COM http://catfess.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/B.75.htm/#subj1

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A late coal delivery caused the largest unintentional man-made explosion on record. In 1917, a Norwegian ship called the SS Imo had to sit and wait in Halifax Harbor in Nova Scotia, Canada, because its coal delivery was two days late. By the time it was able to depart, a French ship called the Mont-Blanc was headed in through the channel it needed to navigate to get out. After unsuccessfully trying to pass one another, both ships made corrections that resulted in a collision. If just one had corrected, they would not have crashed. The Mont-Blanc was carrying explosives, which

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The Martian mythos exists because of a single letter. In 1877, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli observed variations in the terrain on Mars. Не used the word canali, i meaning channels, to describe those trenches. In 1895, American astronomer Percival Lowell misunderstood that word to mean canals, which are by definition man-made. Or in this case, Martian-made. Lowell's wild speculation about life on Mars became so entrenched that it inspired works such as War of the Worlds. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED Segways and Hoverboards were portable death traps. On top of bursting into flames, hoverboards landed over 26,000 kids in the ER between 2015 and 2016. Segway has doled out its fair share of injuries, and ironically, the company's owner, Jim Heseldon, accidentally rode one off of a cliff and died. OS TAILOR adidas

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CRACKED The solar panel that never was. Solyndra wanted to provide innovative circular solar panels in 2009. They got over $1 billion between investments and federal loans, but the company's business plan was so transparent, it straight-up did not exist.

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CRACKED Quibi failed... because of Covid? They spent 1.8 billion dollars to create big budget, ten-minute episodes with Hollywood stars. After it flopped, founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus. Sure Jeff, no one consumed video during the pandemic.

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CRACKED Facebook's 24/7 spy machine. After a 50 million user data breach, Facebook released Portal, a video-calling device with a camera and mic that were always on. Labeled the worst tech device of the year, people distrusted Facebook's camera/microphone combo in their home, and it flopped.

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CRACKED Google Glass was an expensive invasion of privacy. In 2012, Google hyped us up with a flashy promo video of skydivers streaming a jump. But the actual use cases of tech nerds discretely recording videos were a lot more... ogley. The creep factor, and the $1,500 price tag, caused Google to shelve it in 2015.

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