Typos are annoying, but they're usually easy to correct and don't cause any lasting damage. But every now and then, sloppy transcription and lazy proofreading will collide in a perfect storm of misfortune that transforms a typo into an unmitigated disaster.
#4. Spain Adds 10 Billion Euros to Its Debt
Earlier this month, Spain announced their national 2014 debt figure at 99.8 percent of their total economic output, leaving them a paltry 0.2 percent to spend on bullfights and things for Javier Bardem to glare at. But four days later, the government announced that someone had accidentally switched the last two numbers in the figure, and that the country's actual debt ratio was 98.9 percent, which is a difference of 10 billion euros (or $14.5 billion in rapidly devaluing American currency).
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Bardem, upon hearing that Spain's terrible movie haircut budget has doubled.
We tend to forget that humans are but a fraction of a natural world that encompasses millions of other species. And thanks to our increasingly urbanized civilization, a lot of us get super excited when we spot animals in the wild -- and we downright lose our shit when they're discovered in a place we simply don't anticipate them to be.
Which creatures are we referring to? Well ...
#5. Mountain Octopus
Travelers walking up England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, were treated to an unusual travel buddy -- an 8-inch octopus, lying on a rock a mere 10 meters from the mountain's summit.
Whether we like it or not, we've all had our worldview at least somewhat warped by sitcoms. Many of us were disappointed when we first learned that you can't rent a giant apartment on a slacker's salary, or that foreigners aren't always wacky and mustachioed.
And apparently one of the professions most profoundly influenced by sitcoms is that of the judicial variety, as the following recent court rulings seem to be straight out of some zany Friday night lineup. All that's missing is the Urkel cameos.
#4. Divorced Couple Is Forced to Literally Split the House
Your standard sitcom house consists of two stories, an attic or basement, and the obligatory awkward living situation, such as bunking with your eccentric Mediterranean cousin or a cat-eating visitor from outer space. For one ex-husband and wife in Spain, that awkward housemate ended up being each other, as a judge (no doubt inspired by Yo Amo a Lucy reruns) has ordered them to literally split their house in half.
"If hijinks fail to ensue within a period of 90 days, you will be subject to a 4,000 euro fine."
We tend to rely on GPS technology a little too much, particularly while driving through an unfamiliar area looking for a friend and/or drug dealer's house. The more advanced GPS technology becomes, the easier it is for us to forget that, due to programming errors or outdated source maps, GPS routes are often utterly incorrect to the point of inflicting personal catastrophe.
#8. GPS Tells Woman to Drive Car onto Railroad Tracks, So She Does
A Boston woman was driving along the road with her two children one night when she made a right turn directly onto a railroad track at the direction of her GPS, because you don't argue with your robot overlords when they're commanding you on your minivan journey. When she realized she couldn't steer her car off the tracks, she simply took her children and abandoned the vehicle, which was eventually hit by a train.
Unfortunately, her policy didn't cover "act of God- damn, what the fuck is wrong with you?"