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How Mistakes Can Save Lives

What hospitals can learn from flight safety measures. After his wife died due to a mistake during a very simple procedure, Martin Bromiley decided to use his pilot experience to examine how such mistakes can be avoided in the future. It involves changing the whole hierarchy of the hospital environment.
posted by JanetLand on Jun 6, 2014 - 28 comments

"Are you ready to find love in Alderaan places?"

Regret the Error: The best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013 [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 18, 2013 - 41 comments

The "bug model" of mistakes

Errors vs. Bugs and the End of Stupidity [more inside]
posted by absqua on Sep 24, 2012 - 14 comments

Don't Let Your Meat Loaf

The 41 most common cooking/baking mistakes
posted by Renoroc on Feb 24, 2012 - 117 comments

the feeling is great after he cut the chair piece to piece

"For his new project, Err, artist Jeremy Hutchison contacted various factories around the world, and asked if one of their workers would produce an 'incorrect' version of the product they make every day: in doing so, the functional objects became artworks. Hutchison has also kept all of the correspondence with the factories as part of the project."
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 5, 2011 - 27 comments

Modern (Western?) Mistakes

7 Basic Things You Won't Believe You're All Doing Wrong
posted by beisny on Apr 6, 2011 - 145 comments

Google’s Product Development Philosophy

“If you're a politician, admitting you're wrong is a weakness, but if you're an engineer, you essentially want to be wrong half the time. If you do experiments and you're always right, then you aren't getting enough information out of those experiments. You want your experiment to be like the flip of a coin: You have no idea if it is going to come up heads or tails. You want to not know what the results are going to be. ” A Slate interview with Google Research Director Peter Norvig on Google's product development process. [via]
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear on Aug 7, 2010 - 20 comments

Everyone has opinions, but one man posted them online

Joshua Peter Tubbs is a self-proclaimed "kool" kid - class (co)president, Mr. Timberlane, a national honors student - who decided that for NaNoWriMo he would write an honest review of all 349 students in his senior class [more inside]
posted by rebent on Dec 6, 2009 - 240 comments

You sure don't see a lot of sidecars nowadays.

15 Classic PC Design Mistakes, along with explanations as to what exactly they were thinking at the time.
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 15, 2009 - 70 comments

To be or not to... not to... Dammit! LINE!

Hollywood Bloopers: 1936-1947 A couple of the years won't load for me, but the ones I can watch are fun.
posted by grumblebee on May 29, 2009 - 14 comments

"Yes, this is an actual interview & no, they have no idea they're being filmed."

"What is it that certain people say or do during a job interview that makes them stand out? Why do some people struggle to find work, while others land a job in no time? I wanted to know, and the only way to find out was to experience the interview from the other side of the table." 22 tips, with video, at How To Nail An Interview.
posted by ShawnStruck on Apr 16, 2009 - 66 comments

Cross Cultural Marketing Blunders

Cross Cultural Marketing Blunders -- such as Panasonic's motto, "Touch Woody - the internet Pecker" [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jan 27, 2009 - 45 comments

John Lee Hooker and the fine art of translation

You know, I want you to pick up on this. You know, these lyrics are something else. Just dig this. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 21, 2008 - 20 comments

15 Mistakes Designers Make

15 awful mistakes made by designers in the music and apparel industries - such as not charging enough, ignoring typography, and unprofessional behaviour.
posted by divabat on Jul 25, 2008 - 24 comments

Three screw-ups

"Now when I screw up, people from all over Charlotte mindlessly come to Belk looking for Magic Johnson." Thee entertaining screw-ups from author and sports columnist Joe Posnanski. [more inside]
posted by whir on Mar 20, 2008 - 14 comments

I have not failed. I have just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.

A great quick read from the NYTimes. Why making mistakes is sometimes the best thing for us, and why we avoid it anyway.
posted by SeizeTheDay on Nov 29, 2007 - 26 comments

Lessons Learned in Web Publishing

Lessons Learned in Web Publishing. A nice overview of the stumbles that print media has made as it has come on-line.
posted by tkolar on Aug 26, 2007 - 14 comments

Anti-Valentines: We met drunk and we abandoned each other drun

Anti-Valentines: "She said, 'I've been tapping my foot under my desk so that you'll be my friend again.' Then she started crying."
posted by Mo Nickels on Feb 14, 2006 - 56 comments

It Was the Dumbest of Times

Business 2.0's 101 Dumbest Moments in Business for 2005
Remember this gem? "Women should be all dressed in white, like all other domestic appliances." Personal favorites are #36 and #40 but there's plenty more to enjoy. And the smartest company of 2005.
An update from long ago.
posted by fenriq on Jan 25, 2006 - 18 comments

Bush administration admits denies making mistake!

Bush administration admits denies making mistake! Starts off new relationship with conservative German chancellor by personally insulting her. "We are not quite sure what was in her head." - a senior Bush administration official, referring to Merkel. This after Condoleeza Rice gave Merkel private assurances and made a public statement in which she said "when and if mistakes are made, we work very hard and as quickly as possible to rectify them. Any policy will sometimes have mistakes . . . we will do everything that we can to rectify those mistakes." Obviously, Condi was mistaken. The Bush administration does not make mistakes.
posted by insomnia_lj on Dec 6, 2005 - 54 comments

404's 4 U

404 Research Lab. Not that I'm sorry for the double post, but I was inspired by this 404 and went searching for some more. Some of them are funny, some let you play games, some are just creepy. What's everyone else's favorites?
posted by daHIFI on Jan 27, 2005 - 19 comments

Holy complusive nit-picking, Batman!

Movie Mistakes. A truly massive and comprehensive site by and for movie enthusiasts, not just the fussy ones either.(via Something Like That)
posted by nelleish on Oct 18, 2004 - 10 comments

Because mistakes make the best art

Glitch art.
posted by adampsyche on Oct 6, 2004 - 2 comments

It reformatted our preciousss

We hates software.
posted by arto on Jan 5, 2004 - 18 comments

My greatest mistake

My greatest mistake. As Thomas Edison said, "I've failed my way to success"; here a cross section of British great and good confess their greatest mistakes. So, come on then - what's yours?
posted by jonvaughan on Oct 15, 2003 - 13 comments

Doctor, I've got a clamp... I mean, a cramp...

Doctor, I've got a clamp... I mean, a cramp... Surgical teams accidentally leave clamps, sponges and other tools inside about 1,500 patients nationwide each year, according to the biggest study of the problem yet. (yummy Xray here).
posted by sparky on Jan 16, 2003 - 11 comments

Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes of 2002

Just in time for Christmas, Jakob Nielsen unleashes his list of Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes of 2002. [via the k10k]
posted by riffola on Dec 24, 2002 - 38 comments

Zoological Bloopers and Practical Jokes.

Zoological Bloopers and Practical Jokes. Strange Science is a great little page of missteps in the classification and illustration of exotic and extinct animals. It's hard to classify all the links; some are dinosaur screwups, some are just poor depictions of animals from the time before photographs. Most are fascinating. Although, they skip over one of my favorite examples, Michelangelo's Jonah and the Whale.
posted by condour75 on Nov 7, 2002 - 8 comments

White couple gets black twins, sue IVF clinic.

White couple gets black twins, sue IVF clinic. Experts say a mistake could have occurred in one of three ways.The wrong sperm could have been used to fertilise the right egg, the right sperm could have been used to fertilise the wrong egg, or the embryo implanted in the woman may have been another couple's altogether. Although it is not clear whether another couple has laid claim to the children, legal experts say the judge will be expected to make a modern-day judgment of Solomon on who should be considered the babies' legal parents. This is unploughed legal ground. Is there a fair way to sort this out?
posted by Mack Twain on Jul 17, 2002 - 34 comments

Must people who work in book shops have an English Literature degree?

Must people who work in book shops have an English Literature degree? "At Foyles, the book-lover's bookshop, I approach the counter with a copy of James Joyce's Ulysses. "I bought this book the other day," I say, "and I want my money back. It's full of typing errors and there's no punctuation." But who dumbed down first, the readership or the book trade? Also, I notice Books etc isn't included, perhaps because the clerks in that chain have to write little reviews of all the books they read, which are then put on the edges of the shelves ...
posted by feelinglistless on May 7, 2002 - 39 comments

When Chyrons go very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad.

When Chyrons go very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad. (Or, How To Lose Your Job In Just One Second) Niger Innis is the spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, one of those scary conservative African-American groups. He's also a regular MSNBC pundit. Well, he was on there the other day talking about Enron, and whoever was in charge of plugging the names into the rundown that hour was a little sloppy with his or her typing and ... well, just click on the link.
posted by aaron on Feb 6, 2002 - 68 comments

"Kill duck before cooking"

"Kill duck before cooking" and other chortle-worthy corrections from The New York Times. If newspapers were smart, they'd recognize that their corrections columns are a potential gold mine in terms of entertainment value, and promote them accordingly. But, alas, newspapers are not smart. (NY Times link, naturally, so the usual warnings apply.)
posted by nathanstack on Jan 21, 2002 - 4 comments

Be careful what font you choose.

Be careful what font you choose. Everyone deserves a good laugh at least once a day. I'm still laughing.
posted by onegoodmove on Jan 9, 2002 - 48 comments

Sub Surprize - The Sequel.

Sub Surprize - The Sequel.
Within two months of sinking a Japanese ship (and 24 hours of a recon plane landing in China) the US Navy have angered the Japanese yet again when the nuclear submarine Chicago showed up at a Japanese port without any prior notice.

Let's make a thread to track all the recent American military mishaps.
posted by tamim on Apr 3, 2001 - 4 comments


Doesn't this billboard say it all?

Doesn't this billboard say it all?
posted by ericost on Oct 23, 2000 - 22 comments

He (Bush) has shown a consistent pattern of making major league mistakes when discussing his pubic-policy proposals

He (Bush) has shown a consistent pattern of making major league mistakes when discussing his pubic-policy proposals "pubic-policy"? Irony alert.
posted by Outlawyr on Oct 9, 2000 - 11 comments

This site is your worst nightmare.

This site is your worst nightmare. Book of Blunders is a collection of failures, painful mistakes, and glorious moments of stupidity. C'mon people, let's hear your biggest faux-pas. Mine's there already.
posted by prolific on Mar 23, 2000 - 0 comments

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