Oops! The Silly Mistakes Thread

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The National Trust accidentally ploughed up a decades old grassland in a rewilding excersize.

National Trust destroys decades-old Bassenthwaite grassland

The National Trust accidentally destroyed an important natural habitat in an attempt to rewild a field.

The conservation charity has apologised for ploughing the grassland near Bassenthwaite in the Lake District, which contained decades-old fungi.

It disturbed waxcap mushrooms, which conservationists said indicate the land had been untouched for years.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-56844360
 

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My own favourite "Oops!" moment occurred some years ago, when I attempted to fry steaks and onions in washing up liquid. Well, really; cooking oil and washing up liquid, both pale amber slightly viscous liquids in similar shaped plastic bottles on the same shelf in the kitchen . . . . I guess it was the floral scent that finally clued me in. I washed the steaks off and we ate them, and no-one complained about the taste, but the onions didn't survive. Still, a lesson well learned; always read the label . . . .
 

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A friend taught at a school and their overseas trip one year was to Antarctica

We went to Calais. For about 8 hours.

My own favourite "Oops!" moment occurred some years ago, when I attempted to fry steaks and onions in washing up liquid.

Sometimes this forum makes me question my sole existence, it really does...
 

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He may find it hard to find employment as a teacher once his ban ends, schools tend to frown on that sort of behaviour in teachers.

I would guess that there were some kind of mitigating circumstances, if he'd been Head of Sixth Form since 2007 and this event occurred in 2019 with no intervening problems. Even teachers can go a bit 'off the rails' after family bereavements, marital breakdowns etc.

Not at all trying to explain away his actions, just interjecting a reason why it was a three year ban from teaching rather than a lifetime one.
 

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A prototype 25 tonne deep sea mining machine has been stranded at the bottom of the sea after becoming detatched from the ship above it.

A prototype deep sea mining machine is lying stranded on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

The 25-tonne un-crewed device became detached from the cable linking it to a ship at the surface.

The accident happened halfway through a month-long programme of trials and research.

It comes amid heightened controversy over plans to mine the minerals contained in the seabed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56921773
 

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Florida personnel painting school zone signage might need some schooling themselves.

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OOPS: Misspelled word painted in Orange County school zone

Photos of a fresh paint job in an Orange County school zone show what was supposed to be the word “SCHOOL” incorrectly spelled “SCOHOL.” ...
The botched paint job was spotted Wednesday ...
A county spokeswoman said it was “an honest mistake” that was corrected Wednesday night.
SOURCE: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/l...ed-word-painted-in-orange-county-school-zone/
 

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Why do these highway misprints keep happening? They're not difficult words to spell, do the roadworkers just zone out while they're performing a tedious task or something, and stop paying attention?
 

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Why do these highway misprints keep happening?
Deliberate action? Y'know, so that they get in the paper.
 

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I've walked around a shopping centre in York with my skirt accidentally tucked into my knickers!!

I've delivered a lecture on Boyce-Codd Normal Form in a similar state.

My first inkling was that the 16 year old boys seemed unusually attentive and the second was that they applauded at the end!
 

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I would be pretty surprised if they lost their job! They would just have to lift and replace the errant letters and get the piss taken out of them for the rest of their lives I am sure.

Yeah, if they did it accidentally, but Trev was saying they would deliberately sabotage the road markings for fickle fame.
 

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Yeah, if they did it accidentally, but Trev was saying they would deliberately sabotage the road markings for fickle fame.
I don't know how an employer could prove that? I can understand it happening actually. They is something about drawing letters very large that confuses me. I found this out chalking details of events on cycleways. :buck: Then you can't hide the mistake.
 

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I don't know how an employer could prove that? I can understand it happening actually. They is something about drawing letters very large that confuses me. I found this out chalking details of events on cycleways. :buck: Then you can't hide the mistake.

Well, it is very hypothetical because I doubt even the most bored road painter imaginable dreams of social media celebrity by pretending to mess up their job.

Anyway, you have kind of confirmed why it happens in your comment, you just "zone out" as I said! I have enough trouble typing accurately...
 
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