5 Outrageous Ideas that Failed Spectacularly

When things don't go according to plan.

painting accident
Nishant Choksi for Reader’s Digest

A Wisconsin man tried to save money by painting the exterior 
of his house himself. First he took off the old layer of paint with 
a blowtorch.

Unfortunately … He successfully removed the paint, but he also removed much of the house when it went up in flames. Source: wbay.com


A bank customer saw a man in line packing heat. Not wanting to spook the gunman, he slipped the teller a note informing her.

Unfortunately … The bank teller thought the customer was saying he had a weapon; she had him arrested. As for the man with the gun—he had a permit to carry it. Source: courant.com


Tens of thousands of people packed St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City to hear Pope Francis pray for peace in Ukraine. The ceremony 
was topped by the release of two white peace doves.

Unfortunately … A seagull and a crow attacked the symbols 
of peace. Source: Associated Press


How did the Tampa Woman’s Club get people to participate in a charity event? By plying them with champagne and the chance to win a $5,000 diamond. If that weren’t fun enough, the lucky winner would find the shiny bauble in her bubbly!

Unfortunately … When the lucky  winner drank her flute of bubbly, she swallowed her shiny bauble. Source: thedenverchannel.com


A Russian woman named Natalya was thousands of dollars 
in debt, so she did what any reasonable person would do to get out 
of paying it: She had a sex-change operation. “Andrian” got a new 
passport and even managed to borrow more money.

Unfortunately … Andrian is now on the lam, but he can’t get 
off that easily, said authorities. “If a debtor thinks he can escape that way, he’s very much mistaken,” said a Russian bailiff. Source: dailystar.co.uk

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