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10+ Of The Biggest Mistakes In History

In terms of fails, these go down in history as catastrophically terrible. Sometimes you just make such a monumental mistake that it goes on to echo into eternity. These are absolutely those times. 

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    Text - caaabr 3d S 1 Award Now You See Me sequel not being called Now You Don't.
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    Text - itsmustafatime 3d Alcibiades was considered a traitor in Athens for leading his men to death. A traitor in Sparta because he got the queen to cheat on the king with him and a traitor in Persia after including them in a war (Edit: so I did a little bit of info and the switching sides and stealing statues dicks are also true plus he is a bisexual. Not like there is anything wrong with bisexuality)
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    Text - TheGarp 3d The guy that sold the bottling rights for Coca Cola, for $1, and never even made the guy pay the $1 https://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/ when-coke-bottl
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    Text - Gorctam 3d "Hey, let's create a coffee machine that uses a single use plastic cup for every cup of coffee or tea. How bad can the trash from that really be?" I actually read that the creator of the K-Cup, John Sylvan, regrets inventing the pod system.
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    Text - ProGenji777 3d Maybe not the *worst*, but maybe Ronald Wayne, he was a co-founder of apple along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. Just 12 days after forming the company, he sold his shares for $800. He owned 10% of the company, which would be worth $80,000,000,000 (80 billion) today. Source. (Don't know how accurate this is, but the story still stands.)
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    Text - Brillek 3d My great great grandfather, a carpenter, did some work for a poor painter in the neighbourhood. The painter had no money, so he offered either a bottle of wine or a painting. My great great granfather chose the wine. The painter was Edvard Munch, and the painting would have been worth millions upon millions today, or even just a few decades later (if translated to todays money). Edit: reply to the first guy who pointed it out. True. Doesn't really qualify. I guess what makes a
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    Text - Maybe the worst business decision ever made was by Xerox with their Alto computer. Xerox invented the graphical interface modern computers use. Desktop, folders, copy/paste etc. They basically invented the modern computer in the 70's. But the problem was, the people in charge at the time were businessman without any technical knowledge so they didn't realise what they had. They did nothing with it and gave it away to universities and showed other companies. The famous story is that Steve
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    Text - AdouMusou 3d Kaiser Wilhelm Il firing Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck had a plan. He always has a plan. But not when an incompetent Kaiser boots him out of his means of putting his plans into action. Bismarck had everything set up perfectly, but Wilhelm Il decided to fuck up everything he had set up, and got into WWI for it.
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    Text - jtswtf 3d The decision by the Scottish to invade England during Black Death must be up there.
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    Text - monsieur-matthewsa 3d Gerald Ratner talking shit about his own business. He was ousted and the firm almost collapsed before restructuring and rebranding.
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    Text - YoungDiscord 3d That one time nintendo had a partnership with sony to develop a CD based console but in the end changed their mind and kicked Sony out cuz they decided to stick with cartridges. Sony then thought "screw this, We'll make our own console, with blackjack & hookers" and created the playstation as a fuck you towards nintendo...
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    Text - Newaccy21 3d Whoever said "The worlds Biggest MMO" Runescape should remove the wilderness and free trade. They threw a literal fortune down the drain just because they didn't understand their own product.
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    Text - S_sekowski 3d Mao Zedong Pest capaign: He basically told his nation to take pots and pans to kill all the sparrows. However, the ecosystem was disturbed and the locust population skyrocketed. Seeds: he thought that planting seeds 1 meter in the ground would result in greater roots and better harvest. He also thought that putting tons of seeds in one compact area would cause a better harvest. All the seeds died however. Around 30 million or so died from Famine under his rule. "Hey! Look at
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    Text - Onlyhereforthelaughs 3d S 2 Awards Going up against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
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    Text - Viljami32 3d Nokia (yes the this phone will kill you bois) developed first smart phone way before Apple, but did not believed them to be the future. They just continued developing the old style phones
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    Text - 1 Award Well, the decision of Inalchuq, the governor of the Khwarazmian city of Otrar, to attack Genghis Khan's trade caravan was pretty bad. Khan was famous as a ruthless warlord, not the sort of guy you want to piss off. But maybe they could have got away with it. Genghis sent three ambassadors to negotiate a settlement. Which is when Muhammad lI, the Shah of of Khwarzem, made the really bad decision to kill one of these ambasssdors and send the other two back without their beards as a
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    Text - QuestioningAccount1 3d The Donner Party of 90 pioneers choosing to take a shortcut when heading West from Illinois to California in 1846. Said shortcut led to them getting trapped in the Sierra Nevada mountains and resorting to cannibalism.
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    Text - corylew 3d Allan Savory the ecologist who killed 40000 elephants because it was believed that grazing was causing the desertification of Africa, only to find out later that elephants were essential to prevent desertification
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    Text - Mr_Boi_ 3d S 8 Awards "Alright gentlemen we've successfully fended off the Greeks for 10 years, our great city of Troy still stands. If we keep this up surely they will realize the siege is fruitless and return home before long. "Yo captain there's this big ass wooden horse outside" "Oh rad bring it in"
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    Text - amethyst_asuna 3d S 1 Award Not the worst in the world but apparently my family owned a little town west of Kent (UK). My great great great grandfather got plastered one night and gambled it all away
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    Text - Jasper_Reddit 3d Yahoo refused to buy google for 1 million And later for 40billion again Edit: They refused 1 million Later offerd 3B and google wanted 5B so no deal And yahoo was offerd 40B by microsoft and they didn't want to sell And later they sold for 4.6B
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