10 Major Mistakes Of World's History That Will Make You Forget Yours
We all make mistakes that we regret later. However, no matter what kind of mistakes you've made, the following 10 mistakes will help you get rid of your guilt. Because these 10 mistakes are possibly more significant than yours:
1. Rejecting J.K Rowling's manuscripts
Twelve publishing companies had rejected Rowling's "Harry Potter" before Bloomsbury finally decided to sign a contract with her, after the urge of the boss' daughter.
The book quickly became a huge publishing success, translated into more than 60 languages in 200 countries, while the author's profits from sales of about 400 million copies worldwide were estimated at one billion dollars!
2. The Welshman who hurried to throw his wealth in the trash
James Howells had bought 7.500 bitcoins in 2009, when their value was negligible. Until 2013, bitcoins had come to cost around 853 euros, while this man owned around 6.2 million euros. So what was the problem?
He had forgotten his hard drive in a drawer for years and later he threw it in the trash, without being aware of the property he could ensure. When he realized his mistake, he visited the local dump, where he was told that his disk could be anywhere among all the garbage.
3. The man who denied to buy Google for 1 million dollars
In 1999, Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, approached Excite's CEO, George Bell, to tell him that they wanted to sell the search engine they had created for about 1 million dollars.
Bell didn't seem to be interested in their proposal, so the two young founders of Google "dropped" their price from 1 million to 750.000 dollars.
George Bell refused again. He will be regretting this for his whole life. Today, the value of the most popular search engine in the world is estimated at 365 billion dollars!
4. The man who didn't shoot Hitler, while he could
In 1914, during the First World War, British soldier Henrey Tandey, who was to become one of the most famous uniformed of the era, randomly met Hitler, while the second was wounded and unarmed. Young Hitler used to serve in the German army as a corporal.
Tandey decided not to shoot him and let him live. Hitler, later, made this story public. However, there are still some doubts for its validity.
5. Selling 610,000 shares instead of one
In 2005, a Japanese stockbroker made a loss of 190 million pounds in his company, because he sold 610,000 shares for 1 Japanese yen, instead of selling 1 share for 610,000 yens.
Not matter how constant were the company's entreaties, Tokyo's stock exchange denied to correct the stockbroker's mistake, so the company had to buy the shares again at a higher price.
6. Making Genghis Khan angry
Famous military leader of Mongolia and greatest conqueror of the 13th century, Genghis Khan, had tried to open up diplomatic and trade relations with Ala ad-Din Muhammad, dynast of the neighboring province of Khwarezmid, where Iran and Iraq are located today.
However, when his proposal was rejected and his messenger was beheaded, Khan sent an army of about 200,000 soldiers to destroy opponents' empire.
7. Facebook denied to hire two developers
In 2009, Brian Acton and Jan Koum tried to be hired by Facebook.
While they did well in some interviews, they didn't manage to be hired. They published the fact in their accounts in social media.
A few years later, Facebook bought WhatsApp application for 19 billions - this is what these two men started working for, when they were rejected by Facebook.
8. Ordering trains that were too broad for the platforms
French national railway company SNCF spent 15 billion pounds in a new train's receipt this year.
Unfortunately, the new trains were too broad for the 1,300 railway stations of the country - a problem that will cost around 36 million pounds to be repaired.
Emmanuel Grondein, member of the association of national railways, described the problem: "It's like ordering a big, new car, without checking if it fits in your garage".
9. The record company that chose the wrong band
In 1962, Decca, a record company, wanted to find and sign with a new band. Two bands visited Decca and the company decided to choose only one of them.
The name of the band who "won" was "Brian Poole and the Tremeloes".
Who were rejected? A band of four people from Liverpool, named "The Beatles".
10. The spelling error that costed 9 million pounds
British government received a lawsuit amounting to 9 million pounds, after a typing error. It was, basically an "s" put where it shouldn't be, referring to a company's realizing assets.
The government's mistake led to the fact that more 250 people lost their jobs, when the 124-year-old Welsh company named "Taylor and Sons" were, mistakenly, written as "Taylor and Son" - a company that went bankrupt in 2009.
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