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"History is filled with incidents of incredibly poor judgment."
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Amelia Earhart's ill-fated final trip may have been doomed when she decided to make one of her stops at a tiny island in the vast Pacific Ocean. She never found it. What was the name of the island?
David Berkowitz, the infamous 'Son of Sam' killer, was caught as a result of a minor oversight. What was it?
Taunting the police
Talking too much after drinking
One of the sea's great mysteries involves a ship that was apparently deserted voluntarily by its crew. The crew had, however, failed to attach the lifeboat line to the main ship, so the ship apparently drifted away. What was the name of the ship?
Al Capone was the 'boss' when it came to crime. How was he caught and imprisoned?
Involvement with a prostitute
Failure to pay income taxes
John Wilkes Booth wasn't content to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, he had to add a dramatic flourish by leaping from the balcony onto the stage at Ford's theatre. It was a bad mistake. Why?
It resulted in an injury to him
It caused dissension among the conspirators
It fatally delayed his escape
He lost his gun while jumping
Andrew Volstead, an American Congressman, sponsored a bill that sorely miscalculated the mood and temperament of the American people. What was it?
Communist 'witch hunts'
One of history's most well-known blunders involves the 'Charge of the Light Brigade'. In what war did it occur?
When Bob (and Charlie) Ford shot Jesse James they thought that they would capitalize on their fame. It didn't work out that way. Charlie committed suicide; Bob was killed in a fight. Who was 'the man who killed the man who killed Jesse James'?
The arrest of John Scopes for violation of the Butler Act was supposed to be a big moment for anti-evolution forces. It backfired: the backlash was extraordinary. Where was the trial?
Richard Nixon thought that his tapes would be of historical interest. They were, but not in the way he imagined. Who revealed the existence of the tapes to Watergate investigators?
Jeb Stuart Magruder
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