Because of a typographical error, a β€œwicked bible” stated that β€œthou shalt commit adultery." Published in 1631, this Bible is also known as an β€œadulterous Bible” or the β€œsinners’ Bible.” Only several hundred copies remain and they're worth $100,000 to collectors. facts.net/history/religio…
On January 13, 1920, a New York Times editorial said rockets could never work in space because in a vacuum there was nothing for them to push against. The paper later said it regretted the error. popsci.com/military-aviat…
The main cause of "soft errors" in computer memory is cosmic rays. Systems buried in caves have a negligible rate of cosmic-ray induced soft errors; computers on mountains have a far higher error rate than at sea level; and the rate of errors in aircraft can be over 300 times the sea level rate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
Without one of the first error handling scripts developed by NASA's Margaret Hamilton the onboard moon landing system would have experienced a critical error just 3 minutes before touchdown en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Citibank accidentally wired $900 million dollars in a series of errors. The recipients were correct but the amounts for the transfers were over 100x what they should have wired. Citibank had to file a lawsuit to try and reclaim the funds bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Today I learned about Null Island, the place where the Prime Meridian and Equator meet. It is a fictitious island with the geographical coordinates of 0,0 - off the coast of Africa. And it only exists in geographical databases to highlight data errors. gislounge.com/null-island…
One single cut-and-paste spreadsheet error cost JP Morgan $6 billion zdnet.com/article/excel-e…
Because the original Pac-Man game stores the level counter as an 8-bit integer, an overflow error occurs when reaching level 256. This causes the level map to only half load, rendering it unbeatable. Making it to level 256 was used as a mark of prestige amongst players. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The original name for the snowmobile brand Ski-Doo was "Ski-Dog", but a typographical error in a Bombardier brochure meant the current name stuck. nancyfriedman.typepad.com…
Today I learned of the Byford Dolphin diving bell accident, where a human error caused an explosive decompression, killing 5 people. One of the divers was forced through a 60 centimetres (24 in) diameter opening created by the jammed interior trunk door by escaping air, violently dismembering him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byf…
Lens flares in movies were traditionally considered errors and generally avoided, until filmmakers in the 1960s made such mistakes acceptable; once considered errors to be avoided, lens flares are now added artificially in post-production. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
"D" or "d" (meaning that both capital or lowercase D can both signify density) was mistakenly seen as the word "Dord" and put in the second edition of the New International Dictionary in 1934 until an editor noticed the error in 1939, but the word is still not completely removed until 1947. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
It was difficult to erase mistakes made by early electric typewriters, which caused problems for typists. Bette McMurray created Liquid Paper to allow typists to simply paint over their mistakes to correct typing errors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
There is a fictional island in the South Atlantic, off the west coast of Africa called 'Null Island'. Although it doesn't exist in reality, it serves as an error trap for map systems. Map enthusiasts have given the island its own history, geography and even flag. blogs.loc.gov/maps/2016/0…
Italy issued some one cent coins with the design for the two cent on them by mistake. Although production was stopped right after the error was discovered, there are still several of the coins around. A collector paid 6,600 Euros for one of them. italymagazine.com/news/on…
β€˜Nigerian Prince’ scam e-mails are intentionally filled with grammatical errors and typos to filter out all but the most gullible recipients. This strategy minimizes false positives and self-selects for those individuals most susceptible to being defrauded. businessinsider.com/why-n…
After a student failed the math portion of Minnesota’s Basic Standards Tests her father demanded to see the exam, threatening to sue for it. A series of scoring errors were found meaning math scores for 45,739 Minnesota students were wrong and 7,935 students who were told they failed had passed. bc.edu/research/nbetpp/st…
The original Hulk was not supposed to be green, but gray. Due to a printing error, the hulk was showed up as green instead of grey. screenrant.com/hulk-grey-…
Today I learned about the Dag HammarskjΓΆld Invert 4cent stamp that was intentionally reprinted to prevent the stamp from gaining value from a USPS error en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag…
Today I learned about 46 million dollars’ worth of Australian $50 bill went into circulation in 10/2018 had a typo error. It went unnoticed for mos. until it was spotted by radio listener.The central bank misspelled the word β€œresponsibility” as β€œRESPONSIBILTY" & said the error will be fixed in future print runs reuters.com/article/us-au…
The National Spelling Bee titled 8 Co-Champions after running out of words in a 3.5 Hour Final. Starting with 562 Contestants, the Final Eight continued for 20 Straight Rounds of Spelling Words without any errors. theguardian.com/sport/201…
Today I learned about Harvey Haddix. Haddix pitched for the Pirates in 1959, who threw nine innings of a perfect game. The perfect game was broken up in the thirteenth inning by a fielding error. Thirty years later, it was found that the Braves had stolen his signs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The final chapter of β€œA Clockwork Orange” was omitted from the US published version in 1986, in which Alex sees the error of his ways, decides he has lost his taste for violence and resolves to turn his life around - a complete 180 from the US published ending and the Stanley Kubrick movie. wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Cloc…
The British publisher of the Tintin comic book The Black Island was so annoyed by its portrayal of the UK having dozens of errors that the book had to be redrawn for the British version. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Nuremberg executions had a series of errors and accidents. The primary problems were rope being too short and the trap door was too small, several of the executed hit their heads on the side of the trap door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
During the filming of Poltergeist (1982), the clown doll nearly really killed Robbie Freeling due to an animatronic error when the clown's arm constricted too tightly around his neck. When the actor started protesting he couldn't breath, Spielberg thought he was improve acting. screenrant.com/poltergeis…
Today I learned about the Wicked Bible, a 17th-century Bible that accidentally stated β€œthou shalt commit adultery” due to a printing error. The printers were summoned to the king's court and fined Β£300, the equivalent of $56,500 today. theguardian.com/books/201…
Today I learned of Null Island, a fictional island represented by a buoy at coordinates 0,0; the point which the equator meets the prime meridian. Its used to help prevent and remedy navigational errors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nul…
Due to error in communication, the state of Missouri assumed that a man Michael Anderson was in prison, serving his 13-year sentence for armed robbery. They only realised that they had forgotten to take him to jail when they were preparing for him to be released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
A California dam collapse in 1928 is considered one of the worst engineering disasters in US history. Its chief engineer took sole responsibility, testifying, "If there was an error in human judgment, I was the human." Over 400 people were killed when the dam failed in the middle of the night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
We call lions "King of the Jungle" even though they don't live in the jungle because of a translation error. The orginal phrase in Hindi was "King of the Wasteland" but their word for Wasteland sounds like the word jungle. bbcearth.com/blog/%3Farti…
Due to a unit conversion error (lbs instead of kg), Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and glided all the way down on an abandoned airfield being used as racing circuit. Everyone survived and the plane was barely damaged it was flown out to be repaired. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Keira Knightley was meant to be called "Kiera", but her mother misspelled the name when she went to register her daughter for the official governmental record. The error was only noticed by her father when his wife got home. elle.com/uk/life-and-cult…
Today I learned of the 18 British K-class submarines built, none were lost through enemy action, but 6 sank, with significant loss of life, in accidents. When their design had been proposed, 1 admiral had said 'the most fatal error imaginable would be to put steam engines in submarines.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
HTTP error code 451 = "Unavailable For Legal Reasons". Displayed when the user requests an resource which cannot be served a web page that is censored by a government. The number 451 is a reference to Ray Bradbury's 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, in which books are outlawed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTT…
Today I learned of the pareto principle also known as the 80/20 rule. Which states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. ex. Microsoft has noted that by fixing the top 20% of the most-reported bugs, 80% of the related errors in a given system would be eliminated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The technology that powers the nation's leading automated speech recognition systems makes twice as many errors when interpreting words spoken by African Americans as when interpreting the same words spoken by whites, according to a new study by Stanford. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
The β€œS” in Ulysses S. Grant stands for nothing. It was a clerical error made while enrolling in West Point. Fearing he’d be expelled, instead of correcting them he changed his name. ancestralfindings.com/uly…
Today I learned about a geographic oddity caused by surveying errors, affectionately known as the Angle. The Northwest Angle's only land link is its western border with Manitoba. It's technically part of Minnesota β€” but with Lake of the Woods to the south, it shares no land connection with the United States. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Today I learned about IvΓ‘n FernΓ‘ndez Anaya, a long distance runner who saw his competitor Abel Mutai slow down before the finish line due to a mistake. Instead of overtaking him to claim first place, he told/showed Abel the error and came second to him in an amazing display of sportsmanship. fairplayinternational.org…
Today I learned of Clifford Stoll a sysadmin who’d tracked a $0.75 accounting error back to a an East German spy ring in one of the first documented cases of a computer break-in. youtube.com/watch?v=hTx9h…
Spain’s S-80 submarine program designed subs that were 70 tonnes too heavy, and likely sink when submerged. Cost overruns to fix it are expected to reach $9 billion. The problem was traced back to an engineer misplacing a decimal point, and had been called the most expensive math error ever. o.canada.com/news/spain-b…
The Judica-Cordiglia brothers recordings are a series of amateur radio recordings that supposedly reveal the Soviet coverup of a series of space disasters. The legitimacy of the recordings is questionable as there are numerous gramatic and technical errors throughout. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Today I learned about Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome, an inborn error of metabolism who's clinical hallmark is self-mutilation. The behavior begins after teething, as infants bite off their lower lip/perioral tissue. Later in life, affected patients are known to stab themselves and amputate fingers, toes, and tongue. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The worst air disaster in aviation history was actually on the ground in Tenerife in 1977 between two Boeing 747's (KLM And Pan Am). The disaster was influenced by many factors ranging from human error and bad weather conditioning to a bomb explosion in the originally destined airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
In 2010 a man was rescued while attempting to sail around the United Kingdom. Using only a road map for navigation the 'sailor' had been keeping the coast to his right and in error ended up sailing in circles around the Isle of Sheppey until he ran out fuel. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/engla…
Until 2012 the U.S. state of North Dakota wasn't technically a state due to an error in their state constitution which lacked the required oath of office to qualify for statehood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
If, in the interest of aviation safety, a pilot reports an incident that occurred due to their mistake or error, they are give immunity from any repercussions to incident en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
In 2006, a Norwegian woman living in an apartment above a pub, suddently found her kitchen tap pouring beer, and not water, due to a plumbing error in the pub. cbc.ca/news/world/kitchen…
Children stop believing in Santa at around 8 years old. Errors by 'bumbling parents' are the main cause of children losing their faith in Santa. phys.org/news/2018-12-int…

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