The biggest losers


Everyone knows that luck is essential on the road to fame. It is interesting that among them there are many great people who, at the decisive moment, did not have enough luck to become even more significant for humanity.

Antonio Salieri. Salieri is known to the whole world as the villain who poisoned the great Mozart out of envy. However, such a statement appeared thanks to "black PR", the term of which will appear much later. It is believed that Salieri was a mediocre composer, and even the syndrome of his name is known to lawyers and psychiatrists. So they say about a crime motivated by professional envy. Probably Salieri himself did not want such fame, it is better to be completely forgotten. In fact, the musician was quite significant for his time. He conducted Italian opera in Vienna and was one of the founders of the conservatory in the Austrian capital. Salieri's works were staged in the largest theaters in Europe, and among his students were Schubert, Liszt and Beethoven. Salieri's contemporaries remember him as a very kind and decent person. 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 very afraid of his confession and immediately refused it. At the trial in Milan, the composer's lawyers managed to convince the judges of his innocence. As a result, until his death, in moments of enlightenment, Salieri repeated that he could confess to everything except the murder of Mozart. Nevertheless, the famous composer was not lucky - they began to consider him an evil genius, an envious loser and a killer of the talented Mozart.

Robert Scott. This English explorer had no polar experience, but was not afraid to go to study Antarctica. As a result, Scott was able to discover the Edward VII Peninsula, the Transarctic Mountains, and explore Victoria Land in 1901-104. Despite the fact that Scott did not know how to handle sled dogs bought in Russia, the expedition was generally successful. Let the animals die on the way back. But the traveler himself received gold medals for his discoveries from the geographical societies of America, England, Denmark and Sweden. Inspired by his success, in 1911-1912 Scott set out to conquer the South Pole. The most difficult path across the ice field came to an end, the British reached their cherished goal. However, at their destination, they found a Norwegian flag. It turned out that Amundsen had overtaken them by a month. The disappointed British set off on their way back. However, the icy desert destroyed all five travelers. Rescuers found the bodies of the brave polar explorers only after 8 months. Scott didn’t make it to camp with provisions for only 11 miles. In his suicide message, the researcher wrote that the causes of the disaster did not lie in the poor organization of the expedition. A simple bad luck. It is believed that it is Scott who owns the famous phrase that the writer Kaverin put out in the epigraph of his book "Two Captains". However, the researcher pronounced it in a slightly different way: "Fight and seek, not find and not give up."

Kerry Packer. Although the Australian Packer has a lot of capital, he is constantly haunted by failure. It is he who is considered one of the most unlucky players in the world. Together with the sheikhs from oil-producing countries and the largest mafiosi, Kerry is included in the list of the very 150 major players to whom any casino immediately provides a loan of up to $ 5 million. There is no doubt that Packer will reimburse any expenses, because the fortune of the media mogul is about $ 3.7 billion. About 4 times a year, he comes to Las Vegas, where he loves to play high. Packer's usual rates are $ 100,000-150,000. But once he was even lucky. So, in May 1995, the Australian managed to win about $ 19.5 million at blackjack. After another big win, the billionaire was so overjoyed that he handed out 1.3 million tips to 500 casino employees. Another time, a waitress serving drinks got 120 thousand from a satisfied player. However, over time, fortune turned away from such a generous player. Since then, Packer has become one of the world's biggest losers. In 2000, he even managed to set a record, leaving about 40 million in Las Vegas casinos in several visits. At the same time, half of the amount was dropped into baccarat in just three days.

Pete Best. The name of this musician is known to few today, but he could become a legend. Best was a member of the Beatles, but left it just six months before the triumph. In 1960, this team needed a drummer. Best suited for this role, who had his own drum kit, and his mother owned one of the popular clubs in Liverpool. In 1962, the band's producer George Martin listened to the guys, but he basically did not like Pete. Then Ringo Starr took his place. With its new line-up, 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 about the missed chance that he became a baker. His attempts to make a musical career failed, he could only give interviews about the beginning of the Beatles' path. Best even published an abusive book: The Beatles: A True Beginning. And the group he created performed cover versions of the songs of the famous four.

David Buick. This American inventor has shown his ability to come up with something new from his youth. As a result, Buick received as many as 13 patents for inventions related to plumbing. They invented a sprinkler with a rotating head for spraying water, a toilet flush cistern located at the top and a completely new technology for enameling cast-iron bathtubs, which is still used today. Buick could have become a multimillionaire thanks to his inventions, but he decided to sell his plumbing business for a modest $ 100,000. Internal combustion engines became a new passion of the inventor. Buick was able to create a successful car project, but the qualities of a businessman were not enough to take advantage of this. Then the inventor's partner, Whiting, met with the founder of General Motors Durant and agreed to merge the companies. There was no place for David in the new firm. In the future, Buick only confirmed his fame as an unlucky businessman. When trying to create new car companies, he went bankrupt altogether, and then became an ordinary provincial clerk. In 1929, the forgotten by all Buick died of cancer in poverty, then when the cars that bore his name were sold in thousands. The famous brand has become known to every American. The unlucky inventor was robbed even after his death - his family coat of arms was made the emblem of the car.

Bernard Ascheriot. The Frenchman was born in 1951 and managed to get into the Guinness Book of Records as the most unlucky person in the world. At the age of one and a half, Bernard managed to fall and broke his hip. As a child, he fell off his bike and suffered a head injury. In his life, Asherio broke his arms and legs more than once, 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 turned out to be quite difficult for Asherio. His house was struck by lightning and burned a TV, refrigerator and food processor. A day later, the central heating radiator leaked 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. Asher had just repaired his vehicle, when a car driven by a drunk driver crashed into it. And on top of a series of misfortunes, one man also committed suicide in the basement of Bernard's house. Asherio even wrote a book about his life called "Mr. Accident". There, he claims that he does not at all consider himself an unlucky person.

Hans Christian Andersen. Although Andersen left behind a rich literary heritage, in his personal life he was catastrophically unlucky. It is believed that the storyteller idealized women, with the result that he died a virgin. True, Andersen was often seen visiting brothels, but there he met with prostitutes, limiting himself only to conversations with them. This man himself was somewhat like his creation - the ugly duckling. Andersen had small eyes, a large nose, and long arms. He himself was thin and tall, for which his acquaintances called him an orangutan. The storyteller loved children very much, believing that only these pure creatures understand him. However, to his misfortune, the kids, when they saw the awkward Andersen, were frightened and began to cry. The unlucky writer spent his last years of his life at home, almost never leaving and being in deep depression. It is no coincidence that out of 156 fairy tales invented by Andersen, in 56 the main character dies. In 1872, the last story created by the writer saw the light of day - "Auntie Toothache". Anderson seriously believed that his work is in direct proportion to the number of teeth in his mouth. When the 68-year-old storyteller lost his last tooth in January 1873, he stopped writing altogether.

Edward Wood. Al Wood was one of the most unusual characters in Hollywood history. 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 art form the most in his life. Only now the absolute mediocrity did not allow the genius to be realized. Wood's career began in the 1950s with cheap horror and pornography films. Edward had a very unusual perspective on directing. For example, he considered anyone, even a casual passer-by from the street, to be a talented actor. On set, Wood never did more than one take, even if the actor clung to the grass-like carpet. After all, Wood believed that cinema itself is one big convention. He believed that there was no need to spend money on an expensive nature. Therefore, the director took from his friend, the editor, pieces of natural scenes that did not appear in other films, and inserted them into his films. Society did not appreciate Wood's efforts, he died in 1978 in complete poverty. Surprisingly, after his death, the incompetent director became a cult figure in the cinema. His work is studied in American film schools. The famous movie "Plan 9 from outer space", awarded the title "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 Heavenly Ed Wood", its address is www.edwood.org. Her motto was the phrase that Ed died for his art, and we only live thanks to him. In the same year, Tim Burton directed a film dedicated to the world's most unlucky and worst director.

Christopher Columbus. Although this man received the glory of the great discoverer of new lands, he himself was never able to use it. In addition, Columbus never learned about his geographical discovery of a new continent. The new land he discovered was generally named Amerigo Vespucci. Before the expedition began, Queen Isabella of Castile promised Columbus the title of governor of all the new lands he 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 released Columbus. However, he was mortally offended and even ordered to put the fetters in his coffin. And the fruits of Columbus's discovery were used by others, fabulously rich.

Typhoid Mary. This woman went down in history as the killer of tens of thousands of people. At the same time, she herself did not wish anyone harm. There is the so-called "John syndrome", when a person causes a chain of tragic events, but he himself remains unharmed. This is exactly what happened to the American servant Mary Mallon. She is considered responsible for the emergence of the epidemic, which claimed the lives of about 40 thousand people at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1906, in New York, representatives of several families suffered typhus, the disease soon spread to neighboring areas. It turned out that Mary's maid worked in all the houses that were initially infected. It was her orderlies who were found guilty of the outbreak. Unhappy Mary was locked up in solitary confinement in prison 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 contracted typhus at the Sloanne Maternity Hospital, Mary was again in the spotlight - she worked under a false name. And again an arrest followed, this time the quarantine turned out to be lifelong. Mary died at the age of 69 from pneumonia, going down in history as an involuntary but sophisticated killer.


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