Outrageous blunders

In Perth, Australia in 2003, a man tried to charge his cell phone battery by putting it in his microwave oven. It didn’t work, but it caused an explosion and set his house on fire.


In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, a woman frantically called the police on October 2003 to report that a letter she’d just opened had changed in color from white to pale brown, to brown. A terrorist alert went out. Hazardous chemical officers in HAZMAT suits arrived and soon cracked the case. The letter had quickly changed color because it had been placed on an unseen puddle of coffee.


For almost 50 years, the official number of American troops killed in the Korean War stood at 54,246. In June 2000, the US government announced that after the war a bureaucratic error had been made, miscounting the toll. The actual deaths: 36,940.


In 2002, Lim Ang Hing of Malaysia was given a speeding ticket…for driving at 712 mph, nearly the speed of sound. While Lim admitted he was exceeding the 56 mph speed limit, he protested the number cited by the police, claiming he was only going about 65. The police apologized for the “technical glitch.”


German intelligence officers were secretly bugging the phones of 50 suspected criminals in 2002. The operation fell apart when bills for the phone-tapping service were sent to the 50 people who were being monitored.

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