Lenny Montana, the actor who played Luca Brasi in The Godfather was actually a member of the Colombo crime family sent to monitor the set. Coppola cast him, but due to his nerves, he kept making mistakes and repeating his lines to himself. This was then incorporated into the film as a character en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
In 2008 German actor Daniel Hoevels accidentally cut his own throat on stage in a β€œsuicide scene” when he was given a real knife by mistake. theguardian.com/world/200…
Two Liverpool fans travelled to see Liverpool play against the Belgian team Genk - but by mistake, went to Ghent, 150 km away, only discovering their mistake an hour before the match. After hearing the story, the local team KAA Gent offered them to be VIP guests at an upcoming match against Genk bbc.com/sport/football/50…
In 1985, a man flew from London to LA on Air New Zealand, meaning to connect to a flight to Oakland. At LA, he boarded the onwards flight to Auckland. When asked if he's going to Auckland, the NZ pronunciation sounded like Oakland, so he stayed onboard, only realising his mistake after takeoff latimes.com/archives/la-x…
A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros. The phone company initially told her there was nothing they could do to amend the statement and offered to set up instalments to pay off the bill. Eventually, they admitted their mistake, and waived it altogether bbc.com/news/world-europe…
James Brown would impose fines on his band members if they didn't wear the right stage clothes or if they made a mistake during a show. His dance moves and hand gestures were his way of pointing out the person who made the mistake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Merkle's Boner was notorious base-running mistake committed by rookie Fred Merkle of The Cubs. His failure to advance to second base on what should have been a game-winning hit led instead to a forceout at second and a tied game. The team later won the makeup game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Today I learned about Lake Peigneur a lake in 1980 that was turned to saltwater from fresh due to a mining mistake and temporarily created the biggest waterfall in Louisiana youtube.com/watch?v=p_iZr…
In Japan, beer cans have braille text on them so blind people do not mistake them for soft drinks vinepair.com/articles/bra…
The Berlin Wall came down by mistake. When the East Germans planned to slowly open the border they announced it at a press conference without including a plan. When a reporter asked when it would be opened, the party official mistakenly said "Immediately, without delay" causing a run on the wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Charles Robert Jenkins, a disgruntled US solider, who in 1965 drank 10 cans of beer before abandoning his post in the demilitarized zone dividing the peninsula of South & North Korea - a mistake which led to Jenkins living under the brutal Kim regime for ~40 YEARS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In the hops industry, the harvested part of the hop plant is technically known as a "cone" in proper botanical terminology. Though they appear much like cannabis (which they are VERY closely related) 'buds', producers/workers in the industry often take offense to such a vocabular mistake. canr.msu.edu/uploads/236/…
In 1973, two babies [one from an identical twins & one from single birth] were accidentally switched at birth in Gran Canaria, Spain. The mistake was discovered 28 years later. A friend of one of the twins was working in a shopping center in Las Palmas, the other identical twin came in to buy. npr.org/2011/08/15/138993…
The largest lake in California, the Salton Sea, is man made by an engineering mistake. interestingengineering.co…
The Brontosaurus was thought to be a mistake, the creature had never existed. The animal was actually an Apatosaurus, a previously discovered dinosaur, and it should have had that name. Now it's been discovered that they actually are two separate animals, and the Brontosaurus exists again. scientificamerican.com/ar…
American Rapper Pusha T wrote the famous McDonald's jingle "I'm lovin it" in 2003 but does not own any of the publishing rights for it. He learned from his multi-million dollar mistake and now owns 40% of the publishing rights of the β€œWe have the meats" campaign from Arby's. genius.com/a/pusha-t-says…
Former Chinese President Yang Shangkun told his doctor before his death that the crackdown on June 4 had been the Communist Party's "most serious mistake in its history, a mistake he couldn't correct but which would eventually be corrected." He had initially opposed the use of force on students. voachinese.com/a/yangbaib…
A Tribe Called Quest received no money for their hit song, Can I Kick It? because of a mistake made by the record label not clearing Lou Reed's bass sample beforehand. Reed agreed the use under the one condition, he gets the royalties. factmag.com/2015/11/18/a-…
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…
Italian elite force invaded Sweden by mistake washingtonexaminer.com/we…
Tree experts pointed out a mistake in current Canadian currency. Instead of it's notes featuring Canadian maple leaves, it instead features Norwegian maple leaves. Although, both look fairly similar. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
A woman in France accidentally received a phone bill of €11,721,000,000,000,000 (million billion). This was 5000x the GDP of France at the time. It took several days of wrangling before the phone company finally admitted it was a mistake and she owed just €117.21. They let her off. theguardian.com/business/…
Thanks to a gruesome mistake, a French Canadian Voyageur was shot in the stomach, but later healed and recovered from the wound, scientists were better able to understand the digestive tract thanks to how his wound healed, which allowed probing of his stomach actively digesting. sciencehistory.org/distil…
There was a baboon named Jack who, for nine years, helped a man with two peg legs switch tracks for trains and never once made a mistake. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Thomas de Mahy, an aristocrat who was sentenced to be hanged during the French Revolution after a two-month trial. Upon the reading of his death warrant, he remarked, "I see that you have made three spelling mistakes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
An Author Included Zelda: BOTW Ingredients In His Book By Mistake nintendolife.com/news/202…
Today I learned of Whitney Cerak. In 2006 she was involved in a vehicular accident in Indiana that left her in comatose and badly injured. But there was a mixed up. She was misidentified as the other lady who actually died. The other family & friends took care of her. The mistake was seen only after 5 weeks. freep.com/story/news/loca…
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…
Almost 4,000 years ago, ancient Egyptian teachers used red ink to correct spelling mistakes, just like today. metmuseum.org/art/collect…
Sherpa people have a small number of names and children are often called by days of the week. They also give names according to certain virtues. By mistake of the enumerators in Nepal, their nationality was added as a surname. Otherwise, they have no last name. needforscience.com/geogra…
A Kentucky man escaped from jail after a friend of his faxed the prison a false demand for his release from a grocery store. It took two weeks for the authorities to realize their mistake and start looking for him. He was found at his mother’s house. theguardian.com/world/200…
Richard the Lionheart knighted his cook after one particularly memorable feast. Richard made him β€˜lord of the fief of the kitchen of the counts of Poitou’. In those days of little hygiene, the cook was an important member of a noble household because his mistakes could kill his employer. historyextra.com/period/m…
In 2013 Federal District Court in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit from Dairy Farmers to rename Almond Milk to "Nut Juice" for false advertising since "Nuts don't Lactate" It was rejected as "No reasonable consumer would mistake a product like soy milk or almond milk with dairy milk from a cow” nytimes.com/2017/02/13/we…
In 1947, the Kiwanis Club of Ahoskie, N.C. held a drawing for a New Cadillac. When a Black Navy Veteran won, they announced there had been a mistake, refunded the winner the $1 price of his ticket, and drew again for a white winner. ladailymirror.com/2018/08…
In 1998 Two set of Family, a Christian from Siberia Russia and the other a Muslim Tajikistan native, got their 1st born daughters accidentally swapped at birth. The mistake was discovered 12 yrs later. The divorced Russian couple went thru DNA test for the settlement of alimony. siberiantimes.com/other/o…
All every Rolls Royce pinstripe is painted by a man who used to be an old English village sign painter. It's the last manufacturing step and can't afford mistakes as the paint instantly bonds with the car body and cannot be erased. money.cnn.com/2015/04/30/…
L during the Night of the Long Knives, the Nazis accidentally killed a music critic called Willi Schmid, when their intended target had been someone with a similar surname. A few days after his death, Rudolf Hess visited Willi’s widow and apologised for the mistake, and offered her a pension. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The iconic Civil Rights photo of Walter Gadsen being attacked by a police dog was a mistake. Gadsen had no interest in the Civil Rights movement, but was skipping school, when he stumbled into a cop and frightened his dog. The cop was pulling his dog away. belzian.com/racism-and-wh…
Roger Cotes, a young astronomy professor at Cambridge, forced Newton to confront his mistakes in his work, Principia, and corrected many of them for him. Cotes bombarded Newton with letters for years, repeatedly challenging his experimental results as well as his theoretical calculations physicsworld.com/a/from-e…
In 19th-century South Africa, a baboon named Jack was employed as an assistant railway signalman for nine years. Reportedly, he never made a single mistake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The bass line in "Rapper's Delight" is not a direct sample of Chic's "Good Times"- rather, the producer paid a 17-year old bassist to play the same line for 15 minutes straight, with no mistakes. duluthnewstribune.com/lif…
New wave group Blondie had their first hit in Australia in 1977 after music program Countdown played the music video for In the Flesh, supposedly by mistake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
The British inventor of the quicksort algorithm, Sir Tony Hoare, also created the null reference and called it his "billion-dollar mistake ... has led to innumerable errors, vulnerabilities, and system crashes ... probably caused a billion dollars of pain and damage in the last forty years". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
In the aftermath of a car crash that had killed 5 people, two similar looking blond girls were mistaken for one another. One girl was buried and mourned, while the other was hospitalised but unable to communicate due to her injuries. Five weeks later, the mistake was realised. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Railway employees in Japan use a system called β€œPointing and Calling” to reduce mistakes. This involves pointing at a sign or signal and calling out the status. Though it may look silly, making these gestures and saying the status maintains focus and attention, greatly reducing workplace errors. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Great white sharks do not mistake humans for seals, and often attack humans simply due to low visibility. Most importantly, they don't like the taste of humans as they are bony and low in fat and protein, unlike they're preferred food: seals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Before he died in 1998, Chinese President Yang Shangkun told his army doctor that the Tiananmen crackdown on June 4 had been the most serious mistake committed by the Communist Party in its history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
The actor who played Luca Brasi in the Godfather was actually a member of the Colombo crime family sent to monitor the set. Coppola cast him, but due to his nerves, he kept making mistakes and repeating his lines to himself. This was then incorporated into the film as a character trait. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was forced to apologize to the mother of a dead serviceman in 2009 after he sent her a handwritten letter of condolence that misspelled her name. The Sun tabloid then attacked Brown for making the mistake, & in doing so managed to make the same mistake. anorak.co.uk/230333/polit…

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