In 2006 NASA had to get hold of and restore, copies of the original moon landing from CBS and the Johnson Space Centre after admitting to accidentally recording over their own tape recordings.

Britain accidentally invaded Spain in 2002. About 20 Royal Marines disembarked in Spain instead of Gibraltar for 5 minutes until the error was recognised and they all withdrew.

A Russian scientist attempted to achieve immortality by transfusing his blood with that of young people. He died after accidentally transfusing his blood with that of a malaria victim.

Ants can accidentally misinterpret the chemical trails left by other ants and start walking in circles. If too many members of the colony join in, it can kill the whole colony in what is sometimes known as the ‘Death Spiral.’

Columbia University accidentally sent out acceptance emails to 277 prospective graduate students in 2017, and then revoked them in a follow-up email a little more than an hour later.