In their rush to push out an exciting new product or service, companies will occasionally overlook seemingly minor details that wind up being explosively offensive to a significant portion of the population, if not the entirety of planet Earth. Despite being honest mistakes with no malice intended, the vast majority of these public relations nightmares could have been avoided with a cursory Internet search (or anything above a kindergarten-level awareness of current events).
5 A Publisher Puts a Porn Star on the Cover of a Math Textbook
The cover image on a school textbook is one of those things that nobody in the universe pays attention to, so it should come as no surprise that, when recently tasked with finding an appropriate picture to slap on the front of a math book, a Thai publishing house didn't exactly want to spend an entire afternoon on it. So, mustering all of the gumption of a college freshman doing research for a term paper, they apparently typed "Asian woman in classroom" into Google image search and went with the first picture that came up.
Of course, that picture ended up being a screenshot of Japanese porn star Mana Aoki from her film Costume Play Working Girl, taken moments before she tore her breasts free from their business-suit prison, because fate occasionally likes to play hilarious jokes on us.
Unbelievably, nobody at any stage of the book's production noticed this fantastic oversight, and the company shipped thousands of copies to different colleges before a helpful user on Twitter finally pointed out the mistake, to the disappointment of legions of college students expecting an illuminating textbook about sex math:
The answer to every problem is 69.