Top 13 small mistakes that changed history (oops!)

It is often said that life depends on a few things, that the flapping of the wings of a… Yes, good stop. But do you remember the advice of Madame Relouta, your first year French teacher, concerning proofreading, details, all that? Sometimes it is better to follow them.

1. A forgotten key, a sunken Titanic

1912. The Titanic? IN-SUB-MER-SIBLE. Except that the shipping company decided, just before the departure of the boat, to replace the second in command in favor of a more experienced officer. Transfer of power and forgetting to transmit the keys. What keys? The ones in the closet where the binoculars were. These same binoculars that could have helped detect the danger.

Good to say that this error cost the lives of 1522 passengers, should not exaggerate.

Source: Courier International.

Top 13 small mistakes that changed history (oops! )

2. A badly closed door, and Constantinople falls

After having held out for 1000 years, Constantinople was besieged by the Ottoman Empire in 1453. The city could hold out, it had seen others. Except that a weak Pequin forgot to close an access door to the city and that the Ottomans played the incrust.

Obviously this is a very VERY brief summary, for more details I recommend this video which wonderfully narrates the details of this event:

3. Hey, penicillin kills all other bacteria. It may be interesting.

Alexander Fleming was looking for a miracle drug that could cure all diseases. Others are looking for the holy grail. Fleming was smart enough to give up because it wasn’t working. He had pushed aside a contaminated box that nothing could be done about it, and noticed, no doubt with an annoyed sigh, that one of the molds had isolated all the others. He called it penicillin. Since then, we have healed better.

Source: West France

4. The Bay of Pigs: well, what if we named our ultra-secret mission by the name of the ultra-secret place of our landing?

There are quite a few elements that explain the failure of this attempted invasion of Cuba, then communist for two years, by the Americans on April 17, 1961. The one we will retain for this top, however, will be one of the first operations consisting of disembarking in Cuba in a known swamp of the Bay of Pigs, called Zappata. The problem is that they named this mission after the swamp, which was not the smartest strategy to avoid getting burned.

Source: The World

Top 13 small mistakes that changed history (oops! )
Photo credits (CC0 1.0): Semhur (d), Urutseg, NorthNorthWest

5. A mistranslated word led to Hiroshima

45. Truman issues an ultimatum to the Japanese to secure their surrender. The Japanese responded by using the word mokusatsu, which means both: ” It is well noted ” and ” Don’t give a fuck, fuck you asshole“. Truman didn’t like being told fuck it. Atomic bomb. That’s why it’s worth knowing the right expressions in Japanese.

Source: RTBF

6. Pacemaker results from hypothermia studies

John Hopps had measured ambitions: he just wanted to find a way to restore body temperature in the event of hypothermia with radio waves. It worked fine. On the other hand, he realized that a stopped heart could be restarted by electrical stimulation. So we saved people.

Source: Futura Sciences

7. Rommel planned his wife’s birthday on D-Day

The Germans knew that the Allies were going to land. They were just waiting for the Facebook event to find out the date. Like everyone when one expects a party announced and which never comes, the Germans found other projects. Take Rommel, the commander in charge of defending the German presence in Europe, he took advantage of the short weekend of June 5/6 to return to Germany to celebrate his wife’s birthday. The Allies land. The Germans are disorganized.

8. Christopher Columbus was looking for the Indies, we remember

It’s well known, but let’s remember that Christopher Columbus had his trip financed by the Spanish crown, which hoped to have a monopoly on a shorter route to India. Just imagine the face of the Spanish-Hindi translator hired on board the caravels when he saw the American Indians disembark.

9. A forgotten switch, riots in New York

In New York, in 77, a lightning paralyzes a power plant and causes a blackout. The technician in charge of restarting the machine crashes to reset the switches and fucks everything up. Behind it is complete darkness for 24 hours. In the Bronx, fires, riots and looting begin to occur. In total, the damage amounts to 300 million dollars. The unlikely thing is that lots of young people are robbing electronics stores (which is not good), and will become the pioneers of hip-hop (which is good).

Source: Wikipedia

10. The Mars Climate Orbiter space probe disintegrated due to centimeter-inch conversion

The team in charge of developing the thrusters for the probe worked in inches. She did not think to notify NASA. Suddenly, the probe left its orbit almost immediately. The English really suck.

Source: Hitek

11. The fall of the Berlin Wall follows a misunderstanding

Schabowski, an East German bureaucrat took to the stage to announce minor changes to the Travel Code. The announcement was unclear, and many understood that all existing restrictions were lifted. A journalist asked the date of application of the measure. The bureaucrat replied, “Right now. The rumor spread very quickly and the inhabitants flocked to the wall. The soldiers, distraught, resolved to let them pass.

Source: RTL

Top 13 small mistakes that changed history (oops! )
Photo credits (CC BY-SA 3.0): Unknown photographer, Reproduction by Lear 21 on English Wikipedia.

12. Half of Hannibal’s army died from a cane throw

By crossing the Alps, Hannibal was keen to reassure his army on the solidity of the route taken. He took a cane, swung it in the snow, caused an avalanche and lost half his army. Including elephants.

13. The Germans lost the First World War because of a stupid rumor.

A stupid combination of circumstances had the Germans believing that Russians were being mobilized in England to fight alongside them. The sources were numerous. First, some Scots on a train were mistaken for Russians by a conductor who spread the rumor of a Russian invasion. Then, it is said that a telegram announcing the arrival of Russian eggs was misinterpreted by the Germans, who had intercepted it. In short, the Germans were waiting for the arrival of the Cossacks like a child waiting for Christmas and, preparing for this help, withdrew two battalions from the Battle of the Marne. So they lost her. And the war with.

Afterwards we like the analysis of this article from Ouest France which thinks above all that Germany lost the First World War because it was at the end of the roll’s.

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