We’ve all had moments of amazing timing: we change lanes at the checkout and the line we’ve just left starts moving super fast, we light up a cigarette and the bus arrives right at that moment , or you leave your boyfriend and he wins the Lotto the next day (ok that’s rarer). In short, very badly chosen moments. But, as always, there are worse than us. There are people who have dealt with extremely rotten timing, so rotten that they will probably regret their whole life for not being at the right time, in the right place. You obviously have the right to make fun of them.
1. Larry Silverstein, who acquired the operation of the Wold Trade Center just before September 11, 2001
Larry Silverstein is a real estate investor, and in 2001 his goal was to obtain the rights to operate the World Trade Center to lease the offices. He succeeded in acquiring the whole complex by signing a lease for 99 years on July 24, 2001. Well done. The small problem for Larry is that barely 6 weeks later, two planes came crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Very bad timing for Larry who had to wait 16 years before finding a compensation agreement. Well, after that, the guy is a billionaire, so he shouldn’t have worried too much either.
2. The invincible Spanish fleet swept away by a storm in 1588
In 1588, the Spaniards had a huge fleet consisting of 130 ships. This fleet, we called it the Invincible Armada, and it scared everyone (at the same time, 130, that makes boats). And in 1588, the Spaniards had one goal: to invade England. The guys therefore came back with their invincible fleet, but the first battle against the English was a little more difficult than expected (particularly because of bad weather). Never mind, the Spaniards decided to go home to better come back later. But on the way back, the Invincible Armada got eaten by a huge storm that grounded a good part of the fleet. Really bad luck, especially since the English used this event as propaganda for a very long time to motivate their troops. Next time, we’ll have to check the weather before coming to invade England.
3. Farrah Fawcett, who died the same day as Michael Jackson
A lot of people have died at the wrong time, but the prize for bad timing of death goes without hesitation to actress Farrah Fawcett, famous for having starred in Charlie’s Angels in the late 70s. Farrah had cancer since 2006, but fate would have it that she died on June 25, 2009, exactly the same day as the biggest star of the time, Michael Jackson. As a result, she did not receive the slightest tribute since we were all busy listening to the singer’s hits again 24 hours a day. A tip for you: choose the day of your death better than Farrah Fawcett.
4. The couple who didn’t play Euromillions on the day their numbers fell
This story had circulated quite a bit in 2021: at the time, a young British couple played the same Euromillions numbers every week. For that, they had funded an account that automatically played the same numbers every week. Only, on February 26, 2021, the account was empty, it had not been replenished in time to participate in the draw of the day. Obviously, it was on this day that the couple’s numbers came out. Because of this mistake, 210 million euros have passed under their noses and they will be able to bite their fingers for the rest of their lives. We would not like to be in their place.
5. This man who drowned with his winning Lotto ticket in his pocket
On September 13, 2021, a 57-year-old American had the pleasant surprise of winning $45,000 in the Loto. But even before being able to recover his winnings, the man, who was taking a short boat trip, hit his head trying to moor it to the pontoon and found himself unconscious in the water. The guy is dead, drowned, his ticket in his pocket. His family was finally able to recover the money, but he did not have time to use it.
6. Tsutomu Yamaguchi, present at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki explosions
Tsutomu Yamaguchi is one of the least lucky people in history for a good reason: the guy was present on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima for work when the nuclear bomb exploded, then, 3 days later, he was in Nagasaki when the second bombardment took place. A very bad sense of timing which did not however prevent him from living until the age of 93. Not bad for a guy who seemed to be a disaster subscriber.
7. The cover of a business magazine saying to invest on the day of the stock market crash of 2008
On September 16, 2008, the American magazine Smart Moneyspecialized in investments, appeared with these words in one: “Double the size of your nest: Now is the time to invest in cheap stocks, funds and real estate”. What is very very con is that the same day, the stock market collapsed by about 30%. It was the beginning of the great crisis, the worst time for a long time to invest.
8. This ad for a fast food restaurant that comes at the wrong time
Watch the video until the end, you will see that there was no worse time to broadcast this ad. Truly not.