Here Are The 16 Most Simple Yet Disastrous Decisions Ever Made

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Throughout history, some of the biggest disasters have been caused by something that seemed so simple (at least at the time). There are times when individuals make mistakes, someone slacks on safety or sometimes simple, terrible coincidences cause massive consequences. Basically, one wrong decision led to absolutely disastrous results.

Here are some of the biggest “mistakes” that have ever occurred in history. You may be surprised by the root cause of some of these disasters that resulted in death, destruction and loss of homes.

Tiger Woods chooses to cheat on Elin Nordegren (costing him possibly $12 billion)

Tiger Woods chooses to cheat on Elin Nordegren

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Captain Edward Smith crashes and sinks the Titanic (losing $7.5 million and countless lives)

Captain Edward Smith crashes and sinks the Titanic

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Elderly man throws away winning Euromillions lottery ticket on accident (losing $181 million)

Elderly man throws away winning Euromillions

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NASA used metric and Lockheed Martin used the English system to build an orbiter together. It was lost in space (losing $125 million)

NASA used metric and Lockheed Martin

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Faulty equipment causes a stealth bomber to crash on takeoff (losing $1.4 billion)

stealth bomber

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A hunter using a signal flare starts the worst fire in California history (losing an insured $1.2 billion)

worst fire in California history

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Rupert Murdoch has an affair with Wendi Deng after 32 years of marriage (losing $1.7 billion)

Rupert Murdoch has an affair with Wendi Deng

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Faulty equipment causes Three Mile Island meltdown (losing $836.9 million)

Three Mile Island meltdown

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Safety inspectors forget to replace valve at Piper Bravo oil rig (losing $3.4 billion)

Piper Bravo oil rig

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The Prestige oil tanker sinks off the coast of Spain, killing over 300,000 birds (losing $5.7 billion)

The Prestige oil tanker

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A drunk Captain Joe Hazelwood crashes Exxon-Valdez into Prince William Sound (losing $4.4 billion)

Exxon-Valdez into Prince William Sound

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Faulty equipment causes the Challenger to explode on liftoff, killing the 7 crew members (losing $5.5 billion)

Challenger

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Faulty equipment causes Columbia to crash on liftoff, killing its 7 crew members (losing $13 billion)

Columbia

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TEPCO and regulators ignore the Fukushima Power Plant wouldn’t stand up to a tsunami, and it was slammed by one (losing $12 billion)

Fukushima Power Plant

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BP, Halliburton, Cameron or Transocean made a mistake, causing the Deepwater Horizon to blow up, dumping 5 million barrels into the water (losing $40 billion)

Deepwater Horizon

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Faulty equipment causes the Chernobyl meltdown, killing plant employees, spreading radiation and emptying the town (losing $358 billion)

Chernobyl

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Piper Bravo oil rig