Sunday, 3 March 2013

5 Biggest Fails In History

Ever feel like a failure? I think its fair to say that a one point all of us feel a little rubbish about ourselves or scared to try something new in fear of failure. To lessen this fear, I have complied a list of 5 of the biggest fails in history. Note this is just my opinion - there are many other failures that I have not included. 

1. The H-Bomb
On May 22, 1957, a B-36 bomber flying 1,700 feet over New Mexico accidentally dropped its cargo just outside of Kirtland Air Force Base, leaving a 12-foot-deep, 25-foot-wide crater in the desert. It's cargo was a 42,000 pound hydrogen bomb, the worst kind of atomic bomb there is, with a 10-megaton explosive yield - making it hundreds of times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The bomb, named Mark 17, is believed to have been the most powerful bomb in the US at the time..

2. Walk (Around) the Line
After WWI, the French decided to build thousands of miles of military fortifications around their borders. The Line was a huge series or fortresses and outposts, costing several billion francs and ten years to build. However several fortifications along the border with Belgium, an ally, were left open, because the Ardennes were considered to be impenetrable, and the area was ignored. That same area happened to be where Germany invaded in 1940.

3. Saying No to the Beatles
In 1962 a four man band were turned down by Decca Records, who said they had 'no future in showbiz'. Two years later the band, now known as The Beatles, went on to sell $50 million worth of records.

4. Nixon's slip up
In 1977 President Richard Nixon, of the USA, had resigned in scandal. However, despite his wrongdoings being common knowledge among the American public, he'd been granted full pardon by President Ford and never formally admitted to any wrongdoing. David Frost, a British talk show host, who, because his career was going downhill, offered Nixon $600,000 for a series of interviews. For one of the first times ever Nixon was actually faced with answering proper questions, and due to the fact that the interviews were unrehearsed and unformatted, Nixon was completely caught off guard, famously mistakenly saying “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

5. The Mongol's Failure
By the late thirteenth century, the Mongol Empire stretched from Korea to Eastern Europe, making it the largest contiguous empire the world has ever seen. In fact, Mongols are the only people in history ever to have successfully pulled off a winter invasion of Russia. In November of 1274, an estimated 600 ships were sent to Hakata Bay, Japan. They were destroyed by a typhoon after only one day of fighting. Kublai Khan, determined not to be defeated, spent the next 7 years planning for a bigger, stronger attack. In August of 1281 an estimated 900 fleet of ships was sent to Hakata Bay, only to be destroyed by a second, much larger typhoon. The first typhoon occurred well after typhoon season, and the second was on a scale that is only estimated to occur every few hundred years. Convinced of a divine intervention, the Japanese called the two storms “kamikaze,” or divine winds, and the Mongols never tried to invade Japan again.