7 typos that cost millions

7 typos that cost millions

Errors that cost a very large amount do not have to be clearly visible. This could be a regular hyphen, a particle, a missing letter, a translation error, or even a typographical flaw. The damage even from one of such trifles can reach an astronomical sum of several hundred million dollars.

NASA's lost hyphen
Damage: $ 80 million
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The hyphen is not the most important punctuation mark, but in 1962 its absence in the onboard computer code cost NASA $ 80 million. We are talking about the launch of the Mariner-1 spacecraft heading to Venus, which, due to a small error, lost control and was destroyed 293 seconds after launch. English writer and scientist Arthur Clark wrote a few years later that Mariner 1 was "destroyed by the most expensive hyphen in history."

The case of the old ale
Damage: $ 502,996

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The missing letter "p" in the name of the 150-year-old ale cost the unlucky seller more than half a million dollars.Several collectors knew that they should put up a rare bottle of drink called “Allsopp’s Arctic Ale”, but could not find it, because the seller dropped one letter “r” in the title and sold “Allsop’s Arctic Ale”. As a result, only two bidders took part in the auction, and the bottle went for $ 304. The buyer corrected the error and immediately sold the bottle for $ 503,300.

A mistake in the Bible that changed the meaning of the commandment to the opposite
Damage: $ 4,590
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In 1631, English printers released the Bible with an error in the seventh of the ten commandments - the “not” particle was missed. In their statement, the commandment began to sound like "adultery." This Bible was dubbed the "Bible of adulterers", the publishers were fined three thousand pounds, and the whole edition had to be destroyed.

Pasta with racist slant
Damage: $ 20,000
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In the culinary book “Penguin”, released in Australia, there was a recipe for pasta, where it was recommended to spice up the dish with “freshly ground black people” (“freshly ground black people”). It turned out that the reason for the appearance of the scandalous recipe was the error of the corrector, and in this place it was meant "freshly ground black pepper" ("freshly ground black pepper").
They did not recall the circulation already sold, but 7,000 copies that did not have time to disperse were destroyed and reprinted.

Sale of shares at low, disastrously low prices
Damage: $ 340 million
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In December 2005, the trader of the Japanese company Mizuho Securities received an application to sell one share.
at a price of 610 thousand yen apiece. He confused the number of shares and the price and, as a result, put out 610 thousand shares at a price of 1 yen. This mistake caused chaos in the market, the Nikkei collapse and led to the resignation of the Tokyo Stock Exchange management.
Damage totaled 340 million dollars.

Record expensive advertising campaign
Damage: $ 50 million
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In 2007, the auto dealer in the city of Roswell (New Mexico) came up with a “brilliant” advertising move: to issue and distribute 50 thousand lottery tickets, one of which was a win for a thousand dollars. But the company, which was supposed to print tickets, mistakenly made absolutely everything winning. That is, the total amount of winnings was 50 million. Unable to pay the debt, the auto dealer promised to issue a gift certificate worth five dollars for each ticket winner.

Exotic vacation becomes erotic
Damage: $ 10 million
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A few years ago, a travel company from California, Sonoma, decided to place its banner
in the directory "Yellow Pages". When the advertising began to bear the first fruits, they realized that they were cruelly mistaken. Instead of "exotic travel" in the directory were promised "erotic". As a result, the company did not receive the popularity it was counting on. The mistake cost the printing house 10 million dollars, which the travel company sued them.

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    7 typos that cost millions

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    7 typos that cost millions

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