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The 25 Most Embarrassing Mistakes In History

When Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong Best Picture winner during the 2017 Academy Awards (they declared La La Land the victor, the real winner was Moonlight) it immediately went down as the most embarrassing moment in Oscar history. But imagine being the record executive who turned down the Beatles or one of the 12 book publishers who rejected the Harry Potter series. What about the folks that thought it was fine to have too few lifeboats on the Titanic, because it was "unsinkable"? Or imagine how the folks who approved taping over the original footage of the moon landing must feel. Talk about embarrassing. Compared to the 25 mistakes in the video below—arguably the most humiliating in history—that Oscars flub was nothing.

25 Biggest And Most Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In 1788 in modern-day Romania, an Austrian army of 100,000 drunkenly killed 10,000 of its own soldiers. 00:58

  2. The first moon landing footage the we know is actually footage of footage from Houston. 06:27

  3. The Decca Records executive Dick Rowe chose to sign Brian Poole and the Tremeloes over the Beatles. 10:02

Written By Curiosity Staff February 28, 2017