Weird History

Historical Mix-Ups That Really Got Out of Hand (Or Almost Did)

Sometimes misunderstandings happen - and that's normal. But when those misunderstandings or mistakes happen on a global scale between leaders or warring nations, they're not so normal. There have been plenty of historical mix-ups that led to terrible things: death, destruction, and nuclear war. Some crises were averted, others were not. These historical snafus have shaped the way our world works, and have some huge historical consequences.

How do historical mistakes happen? A lot of times it has to do with bad communication. Other times it has to do with rumors spread just a little too far. One thing all of these mistakes from history have in common, though, is people acting without really double checking themselves. If anything, maybe we can all learn from these mix-ups from history.