Oops! The Silly Mistakes Thread

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Liverpool fans miss Champions League win over Genk after travelling to Ghent

Source: BBC News
Date : 24 October, 2019

Two Liverpool fans missed their side Champions League win over Belgian side Genk on Wednesday - because they travelled to Ghent by mistake.

Rob, from London, and Lee, from Leicester, spent around £200 each on train and match tickets only to mistakenly end up 95 miles from where the match was being played.

"When we arrived we didn't see any Liverpool supporters, which kind of aroused our suspicions," Rob told BBC Sport.

"Then we were sitting having dinner about an hour before kick-off and we said to one of the waiters, who was a Gent supporter, 'we are playing you guys tonight' and he went 'no you're not', and that was when we realised the error of our ways.

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It may ease their embarrassment to know that they are not the first people to have been on the wrong end of a location-based sporting misshap.

In 2015, a group of Belgium supporters were driving to watch their country's Euro 2016 qualifying match against Wales in Cardiff, but after typing "Wales" into their sat-nav they ended up in a village close to Rotherham called Wales - 200 miles away from the Welsh capital.

Earlier this month, former world snooker champion Neil Robertson had to forfeit his World Open qualifier because he drove to the Gloucestershire village of Barnsley, 170 miles away from the Yorkshire town where his match had been due to take place.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/football/50166371
 

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I did a silly mistake of my own last week. I wanted a pizza so looked up the pizza place down the road online and called them.
The guy answering mentioned the pizzeria was in norra, meaning northern in Sweden. Fair enough, it's in the northern part of town.
It was only just before I went to pick it up I noticed the address, the pizzeria was actually in Nora, a town 400 km away.
 

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I did a silly mistake of my own last week. I wanted a pizza so looked up the pizza place down the road online and called them.
The guy answering mentioned the pizzeria was in norra, meaning northern in Sweden. Fair enough, it's in the northern part of town.
It was only just before I went to pick it up I noticed the address, the pizzeria was actually in Nora, a town 400 km away.
The upside? lf it doesn’t arrive within 30 minutes, it’s free.

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Fair enough , but without a video / pic it didn't happen.
Mmm... photographic evidence may be tricky, but I can provide the actual pepper grinder at a moments notice. :D
 
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Catastrophic error.

Armed police and a helicopter were scrambled to reports of a tiger on the loose in the countryside - only to find the wild animal was a life-size model.

Officers responding to the call in Underriver, Kent, on Saturday were met by the sculpture's creator.

"I took them down to the sculpture where they all had a good laugh and took a lot of photographs," artist Juliet Simpson, 85, said.

Kent Police said it found there was "no animal and no risk to the public".

Told by a neighbour that police were investigating reports of a loose big cat, Mrs Simpson set off up the lane near her home.

"Out of the field opposite came a whole crowd of armed police, who by then knew that it was all a false alarm and I said 'would they like to be introduced to my real live tiger?'" she told BBC Radio Kent.

"It looks quite real, it's meant to look real and it is about 30 metres from the footpath so you can't see it very closely."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-52520773
Interestingly I had a very vivid dream concerning a Tiger and the police a few days before this happened ( see the very vivid dreams thread ).
 

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I know a FOAF tale of a lorry driver who had to deliver a load to Gillingham in Dorset. He delivered it to Gillingham in Kent. This was before Satnav.
Are they pronounced differently, hard g versus soft g?
 

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I know a FOAF tale of a lorry driver who had to deliver a load to Gillingham in Dorset. He delivered it to Gillingham in Kent. This was before Satnav.
The famous Book of Heroic Failures mentioned the possibly apocryphal story of the entire set of props of a Wagnerian opera being sent to Beirut instead of Bayreuth.
 

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Yes. In Dorset tbe G is hard in Kent it is pronounced like a J.
 

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When I was about 7, my school teacher made me read out a few lines of Rock A Bye Baby as part of something the class were doing about nursery rhymes.

I read out the line 'when the bough breaks', but I pronounced it as 'when the boff breaks'. It was the early 80s, and the only time I'd seen the word 'bough' was in the credits of GrandStand after watching Frank Bough.

You know what? Even now, all these years later, I still pronounce it 'boff' whenever I see it. Looking for a book earlier on, I found my copy of the Silver Bough and thought 'oh, the Silver Boff'.

Btw, the teacher flew into a rage at me when I read it out loud as 'when the boff breaks', the miserable old get.
 

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When I was about 7, my school teacher made me read out a few lines of Rock A Bye Baby as part of something the class were doing about nursery rhymes.

I read out the line 'when the bough breaks', but I pronounced it as 'when the boff breaks'. It was the early 80s, and the only time I'd seen the word 'bough' was in the credits of GrandStand after watching Frank Bough.

You know what? Even now, all these years later, I still pronounce it 'boff' whenever I see it. Looking for a book earlier on, I found my copy of the Silver Bough and thought 'oh, the Silver Boff'.

Btw, the teacher flew into a rage at me when I read it out loud as 'when the boff breaks', the miserable old get.
Outrageous to get angry at a little kid for a simple mistake! And it was funny too. One teacher of mine went ballistic when I forgot the words to The Twa Corbies. I couldn't see what the big deal was, but was suitably admonished.
 
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