If your product makes consumers feel like they're vomiting out their soul, it's back to the drawing board. While this lesson seems obvious, it was lost on the following companies, whose recent headlines seem less like manufacturing snafus and more like war crimes charges ...
#4. Apple's iOS 7 Makes People Sick, Literally
With every new Apple operating system comes the inevitable swarm of people ready to tell you why it's the worst thing this side of Hitler. But the new march of dissent for Apple's iOS 7 has an interesting twist to it -- it's been making people physically sick. Why? Because every time you access an app, your iPhone turns into the freaking Twilight Zone intro:
Then Siri starts talking like Rod Serling from beyond the grave.
Thanks to auto-correct, constant texting, and a general lackadaisical attitude toward the language arts, many of us aren't as careful about spelling and grammar as we used to be -- which is why we should be especially horrified by stories of people who screwed up their lives by mistyping one little letter. Remember: The next time you encounter the alphabet, this could be you.
#4. One Wrong Letter Almost Sends Tourist to the Wrong Continent
One day, 62-year-old Lamenda Kingdon decided to visit the famed Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. After booking her flight, packing her things, and screaming "See ya on the flippy floppy, SUCKAS!" to assorted friends and family, Kingdon got on the plane. Even after noticing that her ticket said "Grenada" and not "Granada," she thought everything was kosher.
Stock images are a great tool for journalists and advertising executives because they provide a cheap alternative to having to hire a bunch of actors and models yourself. But relying too heavily on stock photos (and assuming that they all come from some magical photograph tree) can frequently produce hilariously inappropriate results.
#4. People Thinks All Asian People Look the Same
When word broke that Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin, dumped his wife and began dating one of his employees, Amanda Rosenberg, People magazine nearly tripped over the corpse of the latest Kardashian marriage in its excitement to break the story. They ran a feature showing Brin and his wife along with an insert of someone who was supposed to be Amanda Rosenberg.
Guess that makes even one less person who'll be using Google+.
At this point, technology is advancing at such a staggering pace that if you saw a headline on a respected news site screaming "Scientists Invent Flying Blow Job Car," a lot of us would muse, "Yeah, that sounds plausible." We know this because every day the media feed you tech stories that are about as real as dick-sucking sky sedans. Take, for example ...
#4. The United States Isn't Building Iron Man Armor, Sorry
What with their trillions in walking-around money, it was only a matter of time before some general popped in The Avengers and thought, "Fuck it -- let's get one of those."
"Suck it, Steve." -Tony Stark