We all make mistakes – this is what actually makes us human. It’s true that nobody’s perfect, but the mistakes of some people have more consequences than those made by others. If something goes wrong in the laboratory of a chemist or a geneticist, the impact of that mistake might change the whole world. It’s the same with people who have a lot of influence in the society. Nevertheless, even the greatest philosophers and psychologists can be wrong about different things. Here are 6 mind-bending mistakes that have changed human history.
1. Freud and cocaine
Sigmund Freud had the whole of Europe in his pocket when it came to new ideas and weird crazy theories. And while Freud’s psychoanalysis has really changed the history of psychology, his interest in cocaine did more bad than good. Back then drugs weren’t much of a big deal and Freud liked the effect pretty much, so he recommended cocaine to everyone as a medicine for depression. He’s written more than a few receipts to help his patients as there was no trouble getting cocaine in almost any pharmacy. Rumor has it, he got the whole Europe hooked on cocaine.
2. Napoleon and tin buttons
Napoleon is to blame for the greatest wardrobe malfunction in human history. Historians believe that the French lost the battle with the Russians due to the fact that there were actually losing pants on the battlefield! Tin buttons that were used to make clothing for the French army started turning into dust when the temperatures hit -30 and lower. The harsh Russian winter was too much for French attire.