21 Tiny Mistakes That Changed History

We all make little mistakes, and usually don't think anything of them. After all, accidentally bumping your car door into the vehicle next to yours isn't going to lead to World War III. Except it might. If some historic "tiny mistakes" are to be taken into account, sometimes the smallest misstep can have huge ramifications.

With the help of retired Ancient Roman General AuntieMeme, we dug up some of the biggest catastrophes in history that were brought about by almost minuscule accidents.

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A misplaced decimal point made spinach a superfood. In 1870, a German chemist calculated the amount of iron found in spinach and other vegetables. Whe

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Hannibal lost nearly half his army because of a cane. It was during Hannibal's legendary crossing of the Alps to invade Italy, in 218 BC. In order to

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The Berlin Wall came down because a bureaucrat misspoke. In 1989, East German politician Gunter Schabowski held a press conference explaining some min

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A missing key led to the sinking of the Titanic. Right before the Titanic sailed, the company that ran the cruise decided to replace the ship's second

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Constantinople was defeated because of an unlocked gate. In the Middle Ages, the city of Constantinople was the citadel to the Eastern Roman Empire. I

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We lost the Mars Climate Orbiter because the engineers worked in inches. 11 1F 789301 The Lockheed Martin team that built the jet thrusters in 1999 wo

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The Bay of Pigs invasion failed because the Pentagon forgot about time ones. The plan for the 1961 invasion of Cuba was a two-pronged attack: 3 ground

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One missed switch led to rioting in New York City. In July 1977, lightning struck the New York Con Edison facility. In order to restore power, the ope

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The Hessians lost at Trenton because they didn't read a warning note. Siu Jeavny wveld of sigat uas etprlas It was the American Revolution, and Washin

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492 people died in a fire because of door hinges. It was 1942, and the Cocoanut Grove in Boston was packed. A busboy was groping in the dark to find a

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Two airplanes disintegrated midair because they had square windows. The de Havilland Comet was a state-of-the-art 1950s jetliner. In 1954, two of them

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12 million people lost their phone service because of a 6. In 1991, customers in Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Los Angeles los

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A single sensor caused a Stealth Bomber to crash. Technicians servicing the Stealth Bombers 75 stationed in Guam in AIR PRESS. 2008 failed to notice t

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A loose bolt caused the destruction of the Soviet N1 moon rocket. It was 1969, and the Soviets were aiming for the moon with their N1 rocket. A single

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A printing error made adultery mandatory in 1631. Printers Robert Our thy father Barker and Martin may bee long vpo Lucas accidentally hy God giueth t

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A single word may have prompted Harry Truman to bomb Japan. In 1945, the Allies drafted the Potsdam Declaration, demanding Japan's unconditional surre

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A missing line cost NASA $80 million. It was 1962, and NASA launched America's first inter-planetary probe Mariner 1. Its destination was Venus. But a

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A late coal delivery caused the largest unintentional man-made explosion on record. In 1917, a Norwegian ship called the SS Imo had to sit and wait in

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The Martian mythos exists because of a single letter. In 1877, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli observed variations in the i terrain on Mars.

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A single isotope led to the utter irradiation of Bikini Atoll. N NNP P N In 1954, scientists figured Lithium-7 was inert, SO they packed it into their

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The Germans' loss at Normandy may have been because of a birthday party. Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was in charge of defending Europe from Allied inv

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