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Top 10: Biggest Blunders

From military mishaps to scientific snafus – if only these ten had thought it through…

What a mistake to make!

THE KEY TO THE CITY

BLUNDER: Letting the wrong ones in

COST: Constantinople falls

Always lock up properly when a marauding army is about

For centuries, Constantinople (now Istanbul) was a fierce stronghold but in 1453, the Byzantine capital finally fell. Why? Well, after 53 days being besieged by the vast Ottoman army, someone left a gate unlocked (it could happen to anyone). As the Ottomans poured through the wall, all hell broke loose as soldiers and civilians were slaughtered alike, and 30,000 were enslaved.

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