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John Smith
12-21-2009, 08:46 AM
Remembering the butterfly ballots of 2000, and my joking about not letting Hitler into art school being the most important decision of the last century, and F Troop with the sneeze that turned the Captain into a hero, I got to thinking.

What would be some other pieces of dumb luck that changed the course of history.

Any come to mind?

I also remember going to the Fort Lee Museum and learning that the British were afraid to go around the next bend, so they camped an waited for more troops. Had they gone around one more bend, they'd have easily overpowered Washinton's troops.

David W Pratt
12-21-2009, 09:02 AM
Columbus trying to sail to India should make the cut.

John Smith
12-21-2009, 09:17 AM
Columbus trying to sail to India should make the cut.
I"d say.

Popeye
12-21-2009, 09:19 AM
jesus being born around 7 bc , total fluke

Harbormaster
12-21-2009, 09:57 AM
I haven't seen them since I was a kid - but wasn't that the premise of Mr. Peabody and Sherman and their wayback machine?

Here's the list of their shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Peabody

Larry P.
12-21-2009, 10:35 AM
The Archduke's driver making a wrong turn in 1914.

Larry P.
12-21-2009, 10:39 AM
Then there was the British corporal in WWI (I think his name was Tandly?) that refused to shoot a wounded German corporal (Hitler) at the end of the war.

Pugwash
12-21-2009, 10:46 AM
Columbus trying to sail to India should make the cut.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJNVgCHLR-k

:)

LeeG
12-21-2009, 10:57 AM
jesus being born around 7 bc , total fluke

have you read Quarantine by Jim Crace?

Thorne
12-21-2009, 11:14 AM
It was probably a forgone conclusion, but Lt-Col. Thomas Mullins, a junior British officer, neglected his duty before the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and cost them the battle on Jan 8th. Mullins didn't build the ladders and fascines (branches tied in a bundle and rolled into ditches) needed to scale the earthworks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans

purri
12-21-2009, 05:48 PM
English versions tend to turn on the weather in our suurounding seas:

1"Protestant Wind" (1588 version)

2."Protestant Wind"(1688 version)


3.Napoleon getting bored waiting on weather and trying Russia instead.

4.Dunkirk.

5.Hitler getting bored waiting on weather and trying Russia instead.


Kamikaze (divine wind)

seanz
12-21-2009, 05:58 PM
Heavy rain, the night before, at Agincourt?


Listen up you dopey wombats ( I miss Shane), Columbus wasn't trying to sail to India, he was trying to sail to the East Indies.....ever wondered why the West Indies are in the Caribbean?
Real Estate marketing, 15thC style.
:)

Nicholas Carey
12-21-2009, 07:53 PM
It was probably a forgone conclusion, but Lt-Col. Thomas Mullins, a junior British officer, neglected his duty before the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and cost them the battle on Jan 8th. Mullins didn't build the ladders and fascines (branches tied in a bundle and rolled into ditches) needed to scale the earthworks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_OrleansThat's OK...the war was already over, anyway. :D The peace treaty was signed 24 December 1814.

openboater
12-22-2009, 10:20 AM
dig the tunnel 20' too short, but have an air raid induced blackout at that important moment, PRICELESS (The Great Escape)