Here's the hard truth, kids: There's a great chance that the thing you'll be remembered for is something you did completely on accident. Most of you will fall into your career because you happened to walk past the right "Help Wanted" sign on the right day; many of you will meet your spouse in the course of some wacky yet adorable misadventure (unless romantic comedies have been lying to us all these years).
And this is true for everyone -- the great, creative minds who've built your world were just as prone to stumbling backward into success as the rest of us. For example ...
The Hulk Is Green Because Marvel's Printers Sucked
Cracked patron saint Stan Lee has created more iconic comic book characters than most of us have created cocktail napkin doodles. But while the majority of his innovations are down to Lee's obvious knack for ingenuity, sometimes the iconic aspects of his work were brought about by plain old dumb luck. Nothing demonstrates that better than Marvel's walking, green-skinned advertisement for anger management therapy, the Incredible Hulk.
"HULK STRUGGLING TO COME TO TERMS WITH ACCIDENTAL EXISTENCE."
Lee decided early on that the rage beast Banner turned into when he lost his temper should have a non-human skin color. However, he never intended for the Hulk to be his familiar cabbage-y hue. He was supposed to be grey, which Lee picked so it wouldn't suggest any particular ethnic group, and blue would presumably just make him look like he wasn't getting enough air.
The problem was when they saw the first issue, it looked like shit. The printers Marvel used back in the 1960s just couldn't get the color right. We're not sure how a printer fails to print "grey," but we barely understand how to change the toner in ours, so we're going to chalk this up to knowledge beyond our technical expertise. Anyway, this resulted in Hulk being a different shade of grey on every page, and even came off greenish in some spots.