Everyone knows that on the way to glory one can not do without luck. In trying to achieve success, some people fight like fish on ice, never achieving what they want. And all because they are not very lucky. As a result, the greatest losers still managed to get into history, though not by their achievements, but by the unfavorability of fortune. It is interesting that among them there are many great people who at the decisive moment did not have the luck to become even more significant for humanity.
To the whole world, Salieri is known as a villain who poisoned the great Mozart with envy. However, such statements appeared due to “black PR”, the term of which will appear much later. It is believed that Salieri was a mediocre composer, and lawyers and psychiatrists know even the syndrome of his name. So they say about a crime committed on the basis of professional envy. Probably, Salieri himself did not want such glory, it’s better to be completely oblivious. In fact, the musician was quite significant for his time. He conducted the Italian opera in Vienna, was one of the founders of the conservatory in the Austrian capital. The works of Salieri were staged in the largest theaters in Europe, and among his pupils there were Schubert, Liszt and Beethoven. Salieri’s contemporaries remember him as a very kind and decent man. So, when his teacher Gluck died, it was Antonio who took care of his children. Shortly before his death, Salieri suffered a mental illness. In one of his attacks, the musician said that he had poisoned Mozart. However, when the mind returned to Salieri, he was greatly frightened by his confession and immediately refused it. At the court hearings in Milan, the composer’s lawyers managed to convince the judges of his innocence. As a result, until his death at moments of enlightenment, Salieri repeated that he could confess everything except the murder of Mozart. Nevertheless, the famous composer was not lucky – he was considered an evil genius, an envious loser and a murderer of talented Mozart.
This English explorer did not have the polar experience, but was not afraid to go to study Antarctica. As a result, Scott was able in 1901-104 to open the peninsula of Edward VII, the Trans-Arctic mountains and explore the Land of Victoria. Despite the fact that Scott did not know how to deal with sledge dogs bought in Russia, the expedition as a whole was successful. Let the animals on their way back die. But the traveler for his discoveries received gold medals from the geographical societies of America, England, Denmark and Sweden. Encouraged by the success, in 1911-1912 Scott went to conquer the South Pole. The hardest way along the ice field came to an end, the British got to their cherished goal. However, at the destination, they discovered a Norwegian flag. It turned out that they were overtaken by Amundsen for a month. Disappointed Englishmen set off on the return journey. However, the ice desert destroyed all five travelers. Rescuers found the bodies of brave polar explorers only after 8 months. Scott did not get to the camp with provisions for only 11 miles. In his dying letter, the researcher wrote that the causes of the disaster lie not in the poor organization of the expedition. And simple bad luck. It is believed that it is Scott who owns the famous phrase given by the writer Kaverin to the epigraph of his book Two Captains. However, the researcher said it in a slightly different way: “Fight and seek, not find and do not give up.”
Although the Australian Packer has a lot of capital, he is constantly haunted by setbacks. It is he who is considered one of the most unlucky players in the world. Together with the sheiks from the oil-producing countries and the largest mafiosi, Kerry is included in the list of the very top 150 players to whom any casino immediately provides a loan of up to $ 5 million. One can rest assured that Packer will reimburse any expenses, since the state of the media magnate is about 3.7 billion dollars. Approximately 4 times a year he comes to Las Vegas, where he likes to play on a large scale.The usual rates of Packer are 100-150 thousand dollars. But in fact once he was even lucky. So, in May 1995, the Australian managed to win about $ 19.5 million in blackjack. After another big win, the billionaire was so happy that he handed out a tip to 500 casino employees worth 1.3 million. Another time, the waitress, carrying the drinks, got 120,000 from the happy player. However, over time, fortune turned away from so many generous players. Since then, for Packer, the fame of one of the biggest losing people has been fixed. In 2000, he even managed to set a record, leaving in the casino of Las Vegas for several visits about 40 million. At the same time, half of the amount was sent to baccarat in just three days.
The name of this musician is not known today, but he could become a legend. Best was a member of the Beatles group, but only six months before his triumph, he left. In 1960, this team needed a drummer. On this role perfectly suited Best, who had his own drum set, and the mother owned one of the most popular clubs in Liverpool. In 1962, producer George Martin listened to the guys, but Pete did not really like him. Then his place was taken by Ringo Starr. In her new lineup, The Beatles recorded the single “Love me do”, which took 17th place in the English charts. This was the beginning of worldwide fame. Pete Best was so upset by the missed chance that he became a baker. His attempts to make a musical career failed, he could only give an interview about the beginning of the Beatles’ path. Best even issued an abusive book: “The Beatles: Truthful Beginning.” And the band he created performed cover versions of the songs of the famous four.
This American inventor has shown his ability to come up with something new since his youth. As a result, Buick received as many as 13 patents for inventions related to the water supply. They came up with a watering device with a rotating head for spraying water, a toilet bowl at the top and a completely new technology for enameling cast-iron baths, which is still used today. Thanks to his inventions, Buick could become a multimillionaire, but he decided to sell his plumbing business for a modest $ 100,000. The new passion of the inventor was internal combustion engines. Buick was able to create a successful car project, but the businessman did not have the qualities to take advantage of this. Then the inventor’s partner, Whiting, got acquainted with the founder of “General Motors” Durant and agreed on the merger of the companies. In the new firm, David did not have a seat. In the future, Buick only confirmed his fame as an unsuccessful businessman. When trying to create new car companies, he generally went bankrupt, and then became an ordinary provincial clerk. In 1929, Buick, who had been forgotten by all, died of cancer in poverty, when the cars that carried his name were sold in thousands of lots. Famous brand became known to every American. The unfortunate inventor was robbed even after his death – the emblem of the car was made his family coat of arms.
The Frenchman was born in 1951 and managed to get into the Guinness Book of Records, as the most unlucky person in the world. In a year and a half Bernard managed to fall and broke his thigh. As a child, he fell from a bicycle and was injured in the head. In life, Asherio has repeatedly broken his arms and legs, he constantly fell under the wheels of cars. The Frenchman even began to record his failures. As a result, over 50 years of his life, more than 160 accidents were collected. One month, and at all stood out for Asherio is very difficult. Lightning struck his house and burned the TV, refrigerator and food processor. A day later, the radiator of central heating flowed and several rooms were flooded. On the road from the truck driving in front of Bernard’s car, several gas cylinders fell directly on his car.Only Asher repaired his vehicle, as it also crashed into the car, driven by a drunk driver. And in order to complete the series of misfortunes, one person committed suicide in the basement of Bernard’s house. About his life, Acherio even wrote a book called “Mister Accident”. There he claims that he does not consider himself an unlucky person.
Hans Christian Andersen.
Although Andersen left behind a rich literary heritage, in his personal life he was disastrously unlucky. It is believed that the storyteller idealized women, as a result of which he died a virgin. True, Andersen was often seen visiting brothels, but there he met with prostitutes, confining himself only to conversations with them. This man himself in something resembled his creation – an ugly duckling. Andersen had small eyes, a big nose and long arms. He himself was thin and tall, for which his friends nicknamed him an orangutan. The storyteller was very fond of children, believing that only these pure beings understand him. However, to his misfortune, the kids at the sight of the awkward Andersen were scared and started to cry. His last years of life, the unlucky writer spent at home, almost without going out and being in deep depression. It is no accident that out of 156 tales invented by Andersen, in 56 the main character dies. In 1872, the light was seen by the last story created by the writer – “Auntie Toothache”. Anderson, in all seriousness, believed that his work is directly dependent on the number of teeth in his mouth. When in January 1873 a 68-year-old storyteller lost his last tooth, he stopped composing altogether.
Al Wood was one of the most unusual characters in the history of Hollywood. Just a couple of years after his death, he was officially recognized as the worst director in the history of cinema. But Edward loved this kind of art most of all in life. Only now the absolute lack of talent did not allow the genius to be realized. Career Wood began in the 1950s with the shooting of cheap horror films and pornography. Edward had a very unusual view of direction. For example, he considered a talented actor of anyone, even an occasional passer-by from the street. In the filming, Wood never did more than one take, even if the actor was clinging to the carpet that represented the grass. After all, Wood believed that cinema in itself is one great convention. He believed that there was no need to spend money on an expensive nature. Therefore, the director took from his familiar editor, pieces of full-scale scenes that were not included in other films, and inserted into his films. The society did not appreciate the efforts of Wood, he died in 1978 in complete poverty. Surprisingly, even after his death, an incompetent director became a cult figure in the cinema. His work is studied in American film schools. The famous film “Plan 9 from outer space”, which received the title “The worst tape of all time”, is mentioned in the “X-Files”, as the favorite film of Agent Mulder. Wood had his own fans, who in 1996 even created a virtual “Church of Heaven Ed Wood,” its address is www.edwood.org. Her motto was the phrase that Ed died for his art, and we live only thanks to him. In the same year, Tim Burton shot a film about the most unfortunate and worst director of the world.
Although this man got the glory of the great discoverer of new lands, he himself could not use its fruits. In addition, Columbus never found out about his geographical discovery of the new continent. The newly discovered land in general was named Amerigo Vespucci. Before the beginning of the expedition, Queen Isabella of Castile promised Columbus the title of governor of all the new lands he had discovered. However, the manager from the navigator turned out to be unimportant, as a result he was removed from his post and returned to Spain in chains. True, the Spaniards themselves were outraged by the appearance of the traveler in shackles, so that under the influence of public opinion, the authorities liberated Columbus.However, he was mortally offended and even ordered to put the fetters in his coffin. And the fruits of the discovery of Columbus took advantage of others, fabulously made a fortune.
This woman went down in history as a killer of tens of thousands of people. She herself at the same time no one wanted evil. There is a so-called “John’s syndrome” when a person triggers a chain of tragic events, but he himself remains unscathed. This is exactly what happened to the American servant Mary Mallon. She is considered responsible for the emergence of an epidemic that killed at the beginning of the XX century, about 40 thousand people. In 1906 in New York, representatives of several families suffered typhus, the disease spread to neighboring areas soon. It turned out that in all of the originally infected houses, Mary’s servant worked. It was her orderlies who were found guilty of the outbreak of the disease. The unfortunate Mary was hid in solitary confinement for three years. After her release, she was banned from ever working in the kitchen. However, she did not follow the decree. When five years later several people became ill with typhoid in the maternity home of Sloane, Mary was again the focus of attention – she worked under a false name. And again the arrest followed, this time the quarantine turned out to be life. Mary died at the age of 69 from pneumonia, having gone down in history as an involuntary but sophisticated killer.