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This Group Is Dedicated To People Posting Really Expensive Accidents And Mistakes, And Here Are 45 Of The Worst Ones
Mistakes are just lessons waiting to be learned! Unfortunately, some of those mistakes can be very, very expensive. They hit your wallet with the force of a charging rhino.
This Group Is Dedicated To People Posting Really Expensive Accidents And Mistakes, And Here Are 45 Of The Worst Ones
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Mistakes are just lessons waiting to be learned! Unfortunately, some of those mistakes can be very, very expensive. They hit your wallet with the force of a charging rhino, leaving you clutching your head in agony and letting out incomprehensible bleats about how much money just went down the drain.

That’s where the ‘That Looked Expensive’ subreddit comes in. It’s an internet community that’s dedicated to documenting all the hilarious (not to mention painful) times that people made expensive mistakes. Like wrecking their cars. Or planes. (Or presidential campaigns. Sorry, Mike Bloomberg.)

Bored Panda spoke about the best way for people to deal with mistakes and how important a role emotions play in learning from them with researcher and Assistant Professor of Marketing Noelle Nelson from the University of Oregon. She told us that people vary in how much they tend to justify their mistakes. "Some learn early that it's important to accept when you've done something wrong while others get in a habit of justifying/deflecting/making excuses. Everyone, though, has done this to some degree." Scroll down for our in-depth interview with Noelle and for our chat with the founder of the 'That Looked Expensive' subreddit, Approx-, dear Pandas. Remember to upvote your fave expensive blunders and to let us know in the comments what the most expensive thing that you wrecked was and how you did it.

Noelle told Bored Panda that there are a lot of reasons why we justify our mistakes and she told us a couple of the main ones. "We don't like feeling negative emotion and the goal is very often to 'get back' to a positive state. If we can justify something we did wrong, we don't have to feel bad about it anymore."

She continued with the second reasons: "We want to protect our positive self image. Justifying a mistake means that I didn't do anything wrong or whatever went wrong wasn't my fault. That means I can still feel like I'm 'good.'"

Noelle said that her research suggests that taking the time to stop and feel the negative emotions associated with the mistake helps a person learn from that mistake. "We find that it's not enough to just think about the mistake and why it happened. Our brains are designed to be guided by emotion, so actually feeling that negative emotion is important," she said.

"In our experiments, people who were asked to feel those negative emotions corrected their behavior on a similar task later on. This happened even though they didn't know the tasks were connected! That suggests that the emotional learning doesn't have to be consciously done by a person; simply making sure to allow oneself to feel those negative emotions leads to learning."

Noelle revealed to us that lately she's been working on research that addresses why people have a hard time changing their minds about important topics and how we might be able to communicate in a way that would help them absorb new information that they don't necessarily agree with. "Generally, how people process emotions and thoughts is important in how they learn, function and interact with their environment."

Reddit user Approx- told Bored Panda that they started the subreddit back in March 2018, as a result of a comment made by another user, Deathtastic.

According to Approx-, the subreddit grew steadily and naturally gained users since it was first created. "We haven't really done anything in particular to make it grow, other than ensuring content is well moderated," they said.

"I think the appeal of expensive mistakes is twofold. First, it's just straight-up entertainment to see expensive things destroyed. But I think it also gives folks a bit of a sense of relief that maybe their screw-ups aren't all that bad after seeing a multi-million dollar mistake," Aprrox- said.

The ‘That Looked Expensive’ subreddit has more than 416k members and the community has been going strong since it was first founded.

It’s one thing to mess up as an individual but it’s a whole other ball game when companies or countries mess up. For example, back in 2000, Netflix approached Blockbuster with an idea to take care of the digital part of their company. Blockbuster said ‘no’ and, well, we don’t have to tell you how things worked out over the next two decades for both companies, do we? A ‘yes’ instead of a ‘no’ and we could still have a healthy version of Blockbuster!

Another costly blunder happened when the so-called ‘Walkie-Talkie’ skyscraper was built in London. It took millions of pounds to fix a huge issue: the southern wall of the skyscraper was covered with reflective glass that was causing fires and melting cars. Yeah, you read the right—actually melting cars like a heat beam that some comic book villain would use.

We all know that failure’s a part of life and we can’t avoid it forever. So it’s important to learn how to handle it in the right way. Common sense tells us to let things go but that might not be what’s best for us.

Comments (32)
Alexis D.
am I the only one who mumbled "oh shit" with each new one?
Marlowe Fitzpatrik
True story: A friend of mine works in worldwide-shipping of things. Lots of different things. Once, they had to ship some fossils from I think the USA (or somewhere in South America) which had been painstakingly dug out, collected, recorded, cleaned, celebrated over and were on their way to Europe to a museum. Cutting a long story short: because the boss of the dig decided to save some money, they packed the stuff themselves and delivered them to a container. Guess what? Ships on the ocean do not travel all smoothly over the sea. When the container was opened in port for customs, there was nothing left but piles of rubble and dust. The whole dig was destroyed (maybe some small bones were left?) because they used the wrong straps to tie it down, which broke during the travel. I saw the pictures. I nearly wept for the poor museum and all the faithful paleontologists on site (and I'm still hoping the guy who stupidly decided to save money hasn't killed himself out of devastation)
Daniel Lewis
Matthew 19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
TheDragonInTown
Hermione: What. An. Idiot.
Zoe Murphy
Does this stress anyone else out?
TheWitchNaru
A lot of recycled images. As in. Not fresh content.
Mark CM
Don't they have any examples from outside the U.S? I know it would be more difficult to find any, but it would provide a bit more balance and make Americans seem a little less dumb than they already are. lol
G13
Colossal oof
jknbt jknbt
a nuke headed for mounting on a B-52... "oops" https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/nukedropped-5ef672ead81c3.jpg
PjandBolt
I both love and hate the fact that some of these are like "ooh that's gonna cost a lot I feel bad.." and some of them are like "bahaha they deserved it"
Tabitha L
Here is one to add to the list. I think it happened this week. $250,000 car, 20 minutes after purchase. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/24250000-lamborghini-badly-damaged-in-crash-just-20-minutes-after-purchase-uk-police/ar-BB15Y2hB
Leo Domitrix
The Shelby one made me cry. Not the SHelbys... *sob*
Dianna Siever
All these expensive cars being wrecked. If you're going to drive around something that expensive, expect it to get damaged.
Meeow
Ain't nobody give a fuck about your stupid car, None of these people know how to drive, imagine they were drunk, those were the people cost our life changed all of a sudden....the above pic shows sinkholes happens anywhere, don't just buy a house without do your search what happened in the area. You don't want to pay extra with this kinda BS. If that Florida house was a stone house that would be damage a little but got damnnnn!!
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