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There Is Now A Level Zero
"If Level One is for complete beginners, what do you have to do to get relegated to Level Zero? Perhaps commit some classic blunders like these ..."
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In 1938 this aviator was scheduled to fly from New York to California but somehow ended up in Ireland, earning the nickname "Wrong Way."
In the 1994 World Cup tournament, this Colombian defender scored an own goal while his team was playing against the United States. The US went on to win the game 2-1 and Colombia was eliminated from the tournament.
Andres Escobar Saldarriaga
Decca records auditioned a group of young musicians in 1962. Decca rejected the group saying that "guitar groups are on the way out" and that this particular group had "no future in show business." What group was it?
The Rolling Stones
Peter, Paul and Mary
A 125 million dollar spacecraft traveled for ten months to reach the planet it was supposed to orbit. When it arrived, it crashed into the planet's surface because of a tiny little error. Which planet did it smack into?
Robert Barker and Martin Lewis printed a new edition of the Bible in 1631, but they made a critical mistake. What was it?
They left out three entire books
They dedicated the edition to a deposed King
They misspelled the name of Jesus
They left the word "not" out of the commandment "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
Early in the morning of March 24, 1989, this ship, commanded by Captain Joseph Hazelwood, struck Bligh Reef. The accident resulted in the release of 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska.
The Mars brothers were asked by Universal Studios if they could use M&Ms in a movie they were making. The Mars brothers said no, so Universal went with Reese's Pieces, a new product from Hershey's, instead. What was the film?
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Bridge Over the River Kwai
In 1876, Western Union was offered the chance to buy the patent on a brand new invention for the then astronomical cost of $100,000. Deciding that the new invention was merely an "electronic toy", Western Union passed. What was the invention?
The light bulb
After the 1918 baseball season, the Boston Red Sox sold one of their players to the New York Yankees. The Red Sox, who won five world series titles between 1903 and 1919 wouldn't win another for several decades. What player did the Sox trade?
In 1928, Alexander Fleming went on vacation. Before leaving, he stacked up a bunch of petri plates containing staph cultures on his lab bench. When he got back, he discovered that one of the plates was contaminated by a mold. Fortunately, instead of discarding the plate, he examined it and noticed something odd. What substance had he discovered?
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