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Outstanding mistakes of all time
BBC News ^ | 16th June 2013 | Charles Nevin

Posted on 06/16/2013 3:34:47 AM PDT by the scotsman

'After a string of newsworthy errors, a stumble through the annals of time to choose a few favourites from history.

Allow me now, then, to present my Outstanding Mistakes of All Time, not to mock but to sympathise, remembering the words of John Bradford (1510-55): "There but for the grace of God, go I."'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: history; mistakes
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1 posted on 06/16/2013 3:34:47 AM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Had just finished reading this article before popping over here.

Nice closer. “from the late Peter Cook: “...I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly”.


2 posted on 06/16/2013 3:39:42 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: the scotsman

My favorite is the AT&T engineer who asked: “what would you ever need packet switching for?”


3 posted on 06/16/2013 3:44:55 AM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: the scotsman

“Outstanding mistakes of all time”
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The election of Barky Obumbo?
That would be on the first time.
His reelection was not a mistake, but proof positive that the American population is now at moron level.


4 posted on 06/16/2013 3:55:12 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: the scotsman

FreeRepublic readers should always be better educated than BBC writer, so....

“9. The popularity of spinach as a health food, which resulted in Popeye the Sailor Man and generations of children staring miserably at a plate bearing the canned product, resulted from a misplaced decimal point in calculations of the amount of iron in it.”

Is refuted here...

“Spinach Iron Decimal Point Error Myth Busted

The popular 32 year old myth that a misplaced decimal point in the published results of the iron content of spinach by Professor von Wolff, or else von Bunge, in the 19th century influenced scientists in the 20th century to fail to check the facts and to simply recommend spinach for its over-inflated iron content is finally busted.”

http://super-myths.blogspot.com/2010/12/spinach-iron-decimal-point-error-myth.html


5 posted on 06/16/2013 3:58:31 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: the scotsman

I have to believe that both Napoleon’s and Hitler’s invasion of Russia rank among the biggest mistakes of all time.


6 posted on 06/16/2013 4:07:01 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: the scotsman

This example is rather obscure.
An embedded engineer who built the electronic door locks used in most hotels (they use a card for access) decided that an easy way to access the processor inside the lock was to use a barrel power jack on the bottom. He decided that nobody would ever figure out that it was really a one-wire communications port. Now thieves everywhere use a simple little gizmo to open the doors :-/


7 posted on 06/16/2013 4:08:42 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: SubMareener

“My favorite is the AT&T engineer who asked: “what would you ever need packet switching for?”

A LOT of years my BIL wanted us to invest in a new idea(maybe called cable at the time) in TV that one had to pay for. We thought he was nuts. Why would anyone ever pay for something they could get for free?


8 posted on 06/16/2013 4:16:32 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: the scotsman

Mesh condoms.


9 posted on 06/16/2013 4:16:38 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: AlexW
but proof positive that the American population is now at moron level. <<

or proof positive that the election process is so flawed that it can manufacture enough votes in a few key precincts to change an entire election result.. .
its been documented that many precincts had well over 100% turn out...and in some cases not 1 vote for Romney...think of it...NOT 1!

10 posted on 06/16/2013 4:20:42 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: the scotsman

Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965


11 posted on 06/16/2013 4:23:32 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: M-cubed

I agree. I truly believe it was fraud.


12 posted on 06/16/2013 4:25:08 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: freeangel

Yes and you can add water in a bottle to that list,,,duh


13 posted on 06/16/2013 4:40:26 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: the scotsman
Outstanding mistakes of all time

Hitting the "send" button on an email to a fellow employee and accidentally sending a copy to my manager.......

14 posted on 06/16/2013 4:43:41 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: the scotsman

I’d have found a place on the list for New Coke.


15 posted on 06/16/2013 4:47:07 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: the scotsman

I like the Decca records executive who passed on signing the Beatles because groups with guitars were over and the Rep who introduced a bill in Congress in 1844 to close the patent office because everything that could be invented already had been.


16 posted on 06/16/2013 4:50:18 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: M-cubed

“or proof positive that the election process is so flawed”
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Oh, I agree that there was plenty of fraud.
It is SOP for the Commie Dimocraps.
Still, there are far too many mind numbed robots in America
that voted for, and still love the Marxist fraud POTUS.
It is very hard to fix stupid.


17 posted on 06/16/2013 4:52:32 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: the scotsman

Xerox developing and then “giving away the store” of technology -email, windows, mouse and networking to Steve Jobs.


18 posted on 06/16/2013 4:58:09 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: the scotsman

http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/spinach-good-source-of-iron1.htm

The controversy surrounding the amount of iron in this leafy green centers on a report made in 1972 by a nutritionist. Professor Arnold Bender asserted that 19th century German researchers made an error when recording spinach’s iron content by placing the decimal point in the wrong position, accidentally multiplying spinach’s iron content by 10. The story, which contended spinach had no more iron than other common vegetables, was perpetuated as fact in medical journals, textbooks and popular culture for more than 30 years until it was proven incorrect in a meticulously researched article by criminologist Mike Sutton. Sutton concluded that these German researchers never existed [source: Kruszelnicki, Sutton].


19 posted on 06/16/2013 4:58:43 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: JoeDetweiler

GMTA. I guess I should have read the comments before I posted #19.


20 posted on 06/16/2013 5:04:38 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: the scotsman

Electing the fraud in the white hut should be at the top of the list.


21 posted on 06/16/2013 5:05:03 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: JPG

Good ones... i would add Burt Reynolds turning down roles in Terms of Endearment and Die Hard...


22 posted on 06/16/2013 5:13:42 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: the scotsman

In fairness to Gustavus Adolphus, he went into battle without metal armor because he couldn’t effectively wear it anymore. He’d been wounded from a musket shot several years earlier (right between the shoulder blades - youch!) and couldn’t bear the weight. He did, however (if wikipedia is to be believed) wear a hardened leather breastplate. In either case, armor could only stop so much when it came to firearms at close range, especially when that included cannons.


23 posted on 06/16/2013 5:16:29 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: the scotsman

1) The Red Sox trading Babe Ruth for cash and their immortal soul.

2) Indians selling Manhattan for a few trinkets.

3) Tom Selleck turning down the Indiana Jones role in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

4) FDR abandoning Eastern Europe to the Russians.

5) Importing African slaves into the US in the 1600 and 1700’s.......


24 posted on 06/16/2013 5:16:43 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: muir_redwoods

I’m always reminded of comedian Eddie Izzard’s take on that: “Hitler obviously never played Risk as a child.”


25 posted on 06/16/2013 5:17:18 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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h/t to JoeDetweiler; BykrBayb; the scotsman

The myth is one thing, the actual iron content is another:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/cooked-vs-raw-spinach-iron-content-1420.html

A 100-gram serving of fresh, raw spinach leaves provides 23 calories and 2.71 milligrams of iron, according to the USDA. The same size serving of fresh spinach that has been boiled without salt and then drained provides an equal number of calories and 3.57 milligrams of iron. Freezing spinach appears to lower its iron content, according to USDA data, which states that a 100-gram serving of frozen chopped or whole-leaf spinach provides 29 calories and 1.89 milligrams of iron. Boiling such a serving of frozen spinach without salt and then draining it minimally increases its iron content to 1.96 milligrams, while also slightly increasing the energy it provides to 35 calories.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinach#Iron

Spinach, along with other green leafy vegetables,[10] is considered to be rich in iron. For example, the United States Department of Agriculture states that a 180-g serving of boiled spinach contains 6.43 mg of iron, whereas a 170-g ground hamburger patty contains at most 4.42 mg.[11] However, spinach contains iron absorption-inhibiting substances, including high levels of oxalate, which can bind to the iron to form ferrous oxalate and render much of the iron in spinach unusable by the body.[12] In addition to preventing absorption and use, high levels of oxalates remove iron from the body.[13] But some studies have found that the addition of oxalic acid to the diet may improve iron absorption in rats over a diet with spinach without additional oxalic acid.


26 posted on 06/16/2013 5:26:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: the scotsman
Outstanding mistakes of all time

I am sure these will fit somewhere on the list ...

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." Bill Gates, 1981

"Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." - Darryl F. Zanuck, President, 20th Century Fox, 1946

"There will never be a mass market for motor cars - about 1,000 in Europe - because that is the limit on the number of chauffeurs available!" Spokesman for Daimler Benz

27 posted on 06/16/2013 5:32:21 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: AlexW
Oh, I agree that there was plenty of fraud.
It is SOP for the Commie Dimocraps.
Still, there are far too many mind numbed robots in America<<

I agree!..I guess the point is..with 2 strikes against us the odds of getting this country back are pretty slim...it may just have to play itself out like the history before us has...a republic/democracy fails from its own abuse...wittingly or un wittingly the big circle http://blog.jonolan.net/politics/freedoms-fatal-sequence/

28 posted on 06/16/2013 5:39:39 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: M-cubed

http://blog.jonolan.net/politics/freedoms-fatal-sequence/


29 posted on 06/16/2013 5:40:13 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Importing African slaves into the US in the 1600 and 1700’s.......

There was no "US" prior to 1776.

It took the Congress less than twenty years after the ratification of the Constitution to prohibit the importation of slaves.

It took less than eighty years for the US to abolish slavery totally.

30 posted on 06/16/2013 6:04:14 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Covenantor

bump for later


31 posted on 06/16/2013 6:20:28 AM PDT by motor_racer (Pete, do you ever get tired, of the driving?)
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To: the scotsman

The USA’s off shoring of manufacturing and the inherent rise of socialism in the USA will be viewed 100 years from now as HUGE mistakes, suicidal.


32 posted on 06/16/2013 6:35:17 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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  1. GOP presidential nominee Charles Hughes' failure to shake the hand of California Governor Hiram Johnson in 1916

  2. Getting involved in WWI

  3. Richard Nixon's choice of liberal RINO Henry Cabot Lodge as his running mate in 1960 instead of Barry Goldwater or the conservative orator Rep. Walter Judd (R-Minn.)

  4. Dodger pitcher Tom Niedenfuer's decision to pitch to Jack Clark of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1985 National League playoff game

  5. USC's decision to hire Pat Haden as its athletic director in 2010

33 posted on 06/16/2013 6:36:27 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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... remembering the words of John Bradford (1510-55)

July 1st is the day of his Protestant Martyrdom (burned at the stake) at the hands of the Queen Mary Tudor monarchy. The English religious wars from her father, Henry VIII, to her Stuart cousin, James VI/I, were bloody indeed, although not new to England or elsewhere!

34 posted on 06/16/2013 6:44:41 AM PDT by SES1066 (Government governs best when it governs least!)
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To: JoeDetweiler
However, if Joe had not made the mistake of not reading to the end of the article, he would have been keenly interested in the penultimate paragraph: "Actually, to demonstrate how easy it is to err, I should mention that the story about the spinach is itself a mistake..."
35 posted on 06/16/2013 6:50:45 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: the scotsman

Is “How I Met Your Mother” on the list?


36 posted on 06/16/2013 6:52:50 AM PDT by GSWarrior (When someone points at the moon, don't stare at his finger.)
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To: the scotsman
Here's a two-fer...

Charles Holland Duell, Commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 1898 to 1901, is famous for purportedly saying "Everything that can be invented has been invented."

In fact, Duell said in 1902: "In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold."

So he made a mistake when he said the remark he didn't really say and others made a mistake attributing that mistaken quotation to him.

37 posted on 06/16/2013 6:59:41 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: the scotsman

Without yet reading the article, the Atlantic Wall.

The late Stephen Ambrose describes it as the greatest mistake in military history and if you think about it, it’s hard to argue with him.

From the point of view of the free world, though, we’re fortunate Hitler made that mistake.


38 posted on 06/16/2013 7:01:08 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: M-cubed

Doesn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is that liberal Romney received ONE vote at all.


39 posted on 06/16/2013 7:01:10 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I kinda believe that I did read the whole article. I wonder if that little something at the top....”Last updated at 12:51 ET...” might explain this?


40 posted on 06/16/2013 7:37:14 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Actually, now that I double-check, the article is from a couple of days ago...so I guess I did miss the last paragraph.


41 posted on 06/16/2013 7:42:50 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: the scotsman

My personal fave, near and dear to my heart because I lived it, was Michael Dell sarcastically recommending that Apple shut down and give shareholders their money back.

Guess who’s actually having to do that?


42 posted on 06/16/2013 7:43:21 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Africans came to Virginia under terms of indenture voluntarily just like everybody else who couldn't afford to pay cost of passage, and got their headrights, land, after serving that term of typically seven years.

A mid-seventeenth century lawsuit in Northampton County changed all that, introducing chattel slavery to Virginia and the rest of the colonies. The defendant was a black man, John Casor.

The plaintiff was also a black man, however Anthony Johnson. He won, claiming John Casor’s labor for life. The headrights system of indentured servitude collapsed, and the Transatlantic slave trade with Portugal by way of Barbados and other Caribbean colonies began in earnest on the North American continent.

So, as far as major historical blunders, Mr. Anthony Johnson won the battle but lost the war, keeping his indentured servant for life but enslaving his posterity.

43 posted on 06/16/2013 7:56:29 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: muir_redwoods
Napoleon's, yes, that was a mistake. he wanted to scare Tsar Alexander not defeat him. If he wanted to defeat him, instead Napoleon could have socked him by creating a new Polish state

Hitler's invasion of the USSR was not a mistake -- both Stalin and Hitler were going to fight each other. the only question was when -- hitler believed that the Soviets would be strong in 1943 -- as did Stalin. And both were correct

hitler's mistake was over-extending and also in alienating the Ukrainians, Belarussians etc -- the Germans were first welcomed as saviors from the Bolsheviks, but then their brutality convinced them to fight to the death with the GErmans

44 posted on 06/16/2013 9:44:17 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros>Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: MosesKnows
"There will never be a mass market for motor cars - about 1,000 in Europe - because that is the limit on the number of chauffeurs available!" Spokesman for Daimler Benz

I understand that the electric starter was proposed to the European auto manufacturers, who turned it down as "we have chauffeurs to start the engine" [hand crank].

As to one of the biggest errors, I think that Hitler declaring war on the U.S. was one. I remember the white hot rage against the Japanese for their attack on Pearl Harbor and feel if he had not done so, we would have left Europe to the Nazis and concentrated on a war in the Pacific. As it turned out, he did the West a favor.

[sidebar] I remember reading where Charles De Gaulle was cataloging all the ongoing defeats to a group of generals when someone broke into the room saying Hitler had declared war on the U.S. De Gaulle said "We have just won the war." Everyone was stupefied. He said that the U.S. would drown Germany with their manufacturing capability - and he was right.

45 posted on 06/16/2013 11:58:33 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: AlexW; M-cubed

I’m with M-cubed @ #10. With the recent IRS/NSA revelations, I’m thinking all those pollsters were right and the election result was rigged. Americans are not THAT stupid, but Team Obama IS that crooked.


46 posted on 06/16/2013 12:00:59 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: the scotsman; Revolting cat!

47 posted on 06/16/2013 12:34:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Cronos

Not knowing when to fold ‘em in Stalingrad and not making the necessary preparation to provide winter uniforms added quite a bit to hitler’s mistake.


48 posted on 06/16/2013 3:16:33 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: EDINVA
Americans are not THAT stupid <<

That's what I thought too.....cost me a lot of money!!....I'm a bitter clinger now.....*W*

49 posted on 06/16/2013 6:15:21 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: muir_redwoods

Absolutely correct :)


50 posted on 06/16/2013 7:08:37 PM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros>Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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