okay, this thread should be fun, find something that went horribly wrong in the course of history (in a funny way). i'll start: the events that triggered WWI: a group of terrorists wanted to assassinate Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the Austria-Hungarian throne. they agreed that after the deed is done they would not let themeselves be arrested, and suicide. the archduke knew some people dont like him, and wore lots of protecting charms, and a bullet-proof jacket. but he came all the same, with his wife - an expectant mother. the assassins took places 500 hundred meters apart along the route of the archduke's car on the streets of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. the cars got past two of the terrorists, but the third one threw a granade, which hit the side of the car and bounced back, injuring some of the guards. meanwhile, not waiting to see if he got it right, the thrower of the granade drank the cyanide and threw himself to the river so that the police wont have him. - unfortunately the river was only a feet deep or so, and the cyanide wasnt effective... so the police took him :rofl: Francis Ferdinand's car got past the other terrorists who were too confused to do anything, and regrouped at a park to think of plan B, while the Archduke got to the town hall. After the reception in the Town Hall General Potiorek, the Austrian Commander, pleaded with Francis Ferdinand to leave the city, as it was seething with rebellion. The Archduke was persuaded to drive the shortest way out of the city and to go quickly. The road to the maneuvers was shaped like the letter V, making a sharp turn at the bridge over the River Milgacka. Francis Ferdinand's car could go fast enough until it reached this spot but here it was forced to slow down for the turn. Here another terrorist had taken his stand. As the car came abreast he stepped forward from the curb, drew his automatic pistol from his coat and fired two shots. The first struck the wife of the Archduke, the Archduchess Sofia, in the abdomen (remember she wa pregnant? isnt that some real sick humor?) - she died instantly. the second bullet struck the Archduke just above the (bullet-proof ) jacket, at the lower end of the neck. the assassin then drank some Cyanide, but instead of dying he just puked alot, and the guards kicked him and tortured him, all but killed him. okay, now i hope i didnt make it sound too horrible for it to be funny... (its not that i find people dying funny, but it just didnt go right for all of the people involved and it made it funny in a way).