‘Error, can happen’, that’s a popular wisdom. The smallest mistakes, however, sometimes have the most dramatic consequences. What are the ten biggest “fuck-ups” that humans have produced?
10. Peigneur lake runs empty in my (1980)
There was quite a lot of activity in and under the American Peigneur Lake in the early 1980s. For example, Texaco drills into the lake for oil, while at the same time, Diamond Crystal Salt Company operates a salt mine. On November 20, 1980, this is a terrible mistake when Texaco unintentionally bursts a hole in the mine. This leads to a giant vortex that sucks not only all the water of the lake but also the complete drilling platform and a large part of the surrounding landscape. The damage runs in tens of millions of dollars, but all miners, fishermen and others working on or under the lake survive the disaster in a miraculous way.
9. Scientist cuts oldest tree in the world (1964)
Any scientist ever dream of world-famous, but American geographer Donald Rusk Currey had undoubtedly not seen this occasion for his celebrity. In the summer of 1964 To determine the exact age of one of the trees, the geographer tries to drill into the core from the tree. However, this did not work To his surprise,he chopped the tree and then finds that the tree is probably 5,000 years old, older than any other tree discovered until now.
Top 10 Biggest ‘fuck-ups’ in the history of humanity
8. Australia introduces the Giant Path to fight insects and mice
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The giant trail originates in Central and South America, but has been introduced in various places in the world to fight insects and mice. Especially in Australia this has gone wrong. Instead of eating pests, the giant frog mainly found other amphibians, which helped to eat insects. In addition, this type of frog is poisonous and has no enemies in areas where the frog naturally not occur. Instead of solving the pests problem, the giant frog himself became the pest!
7. Founder Apple sells shares for $ 800 (1976)
Steve Jobs is widely known as Apple’s founder. Less well known are the two co-founders of the American computer company: Steve Wozniak and especially Ronald Wayne . The latter carried out in 1976 the administrative work, including the writing of manuals. In return, Wayne gets 10% of the shares in the partnership. Wayne, however, fears creditors claim their debts on their assets and sell their shares soon. Here he receives $ 800. Early in 2017, this stock package would be worth $ 75 billion.
6. Incorrectly mirrored mirror in space telescope (1990)
In 1990, the nearly $ 5 billion expensive Hubble space telescope was launched. NASA’s NASA spacecraft hopes to make space photos with a very high resolution with this telescope. However, the photos sent by the telescope back to Earth a few weeks after launch are against. It is soon concluded that the primary mirror was incorrectly cut. It costs NASA a few years and again billions of dollars to come up with a solution, but at the beginning of 1994, the Americans still got it. For example, this fuck-up is still a happy end.
5. Hunter starts by accident giant forest fire (2003)
In November 2003, beginner hunter Sergio Martinez is lost in a Californian forest. He decides to start a small fire to pull the attention of rescue workers. However, Martinez quickly loses control of the fire that develops into a massive fire that destroys 280,000 acres of land (over 150,000 football fields!) And nearly three thousand buildings. In addition, the fire kills one fireman and fourteen others who can not flee in time for the fast-paced fire. Martinez is sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.
4. The Austrian army attacks on … itself (1788)
Between 1787 and 1791 the Austrians and Ottomans waged war in many parts of Europe. Similarly, in Karánsebes, a city belonging to Romania today. The Battle of Karannsebes, however, appears to be ultimately led by two different divisions of the Austrian army, who see each other for Ottomans. Two days after the battle, the actual Ottomans arrive in Karanebes, where they find 10,000 dead or seriously injured Austrian soldiers. The city is then easily taken by the Ottomans.
3. Giant famine by Sparrow hunting (1959-1961)
By the end of the 1950s, there were major food shortages in China when the communist regime called on its citizens to kill all the sparrows and other small birds. The idea is that these birds eat crops, which means that harvesting fails. Millions of Chinese hear this call. However, it is forgotten that the massive bird-dead insects lose their main natural enemy and get free play in the Chinese fields. Partly because of this, harvesting is unsuccessful and eventually thirty million Chinese are estimated to starve.
2. Fine for late delivery of videotape leads to Netflix (1997)
Mark Randolph brings the movie ‘Apollo 13’ back late to Blockbuster in 1997, one of America’s largest video stores. The $ 40 fine imposed on him, Randolph is so mad that he decides to set up Netflix (co-op). With this internet company, everyone can keep the DVDs sent by mail as long as they want. Netflix grows into a successful streaming service in the next few decades and has around 100 million paying subscribers worldwide in early 2017. Blockbuster will be bankrupt in 2010.
1. Baker burns down a large part of London by accident (1666)
Thomas Faryner, baker of King Charles II, forgot in 1666 to go to sleep to lit up the fire in his oven. The consequences of this small mistake are disastrous when the fire in his home is spreading rapidly through London. Eventually, a large part of central London is in flames, including 87 churches and 13,500 homes. In addition, at least six people die by the fire known as the Great Fire of London.
Top 10 Biggest ‘fuck-ups’ in the history of humanity