To err is human. Unfortunately, to fuck up massively is also human. Right through the annals of history, to the present day journals, there have been erroneous events/mishaps that have shaped, or should I say, contorted the conventional path, plotting a skewed graph. Irrespective of how fucked up you think your life is, this list empathizes with you!

Here are 16 of the most embarrassing mistakes ever made:

1. The Dutch discovered Australia 100 years before the British, but they ignored it because they thought it was a "useless desert"!

Source: School A to Z

2. Russia sold Alaska to the USA for 2 cents an acre. They thought it was a useless tundra!

Source: Cite Lighter

3. Someone left the small Kerkoporta gate ajar, leaving the Turks to conquer Constantinople in 1453.

Source: Total War Center

4. Archduke Francis Ferdinand's driver made a wrong turn that led him right to the feet of his assassin. This eventually led to World War I.

Source: The Guardian

5. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour when there wasn't even a single US aircraft carrier in the port!

Source: Raymond Pronk

6. JK Rowling's Harry Potter series was rejected by 12 book publishers!

Source: Narcity

7. Although the culprit is not known, the burning of the library of Alexandria is still considered as the world's greatest loss of knowledge!

Source: Wikipedia

8. The Austrian Army accidentally attacked itself in 1788, losing over 10,000 warriors!

Source: Le Saviez-Vous?

9. One of the world's most prominent architectural marvels, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, took 177 years to make but only 10 years to start leaning!

Source: Goparoo

10. The Titanic didn't have enough life boats on it as it was “unsinkable”.

Source: Wikipedia

11. The Beatles were turned down by Decca Records because they were “unsellable”. EMI picked them up soon after and the rest, as they say, is history.

Source: Today

12. When China could have been the most influential power had it not abandoned its navy to pursue a policy of isolationism.

Source: Huffington Post

13. Alexander 'The Great' did not name his heir before his death which led to the fall of his empire.

Source: Ancient History

14. Napoleon Bonaparte tried to invade Russia in winters without winter clothing and with less ration.

Source: Independent

15. Adolf Hitler didn't learn from Napoleon's folly, making the same mistake. He idolized Napoleon.

Source: Planet News

16. The faulty construction that led to the meltdown of the Chernobyl Reactor.

Source: The Velvet Rocket

Shit happens. Let's learn to deal with it!