Saturday, March 29, 2008

TWQ: Failures

This week, TWQ (The Weekend Question) looks at failures in all their forms.

What failures can you remember? Inventions? Bad movies? Anything you like. List as many as you can think of.

My answers are:

1: Ishtar (1987 movie)
2: Edsel (1950's car)
3: Graham Taylor & Steve McLaren (both Engand soccer managers)
4: Sinclair C5 (useless electric car)
5: Heavens Gate (1980 movie that bankrupted the United Artists studio)
6: The Anthea Turner autobiography Fools Rush only sold 451 copies in it's first week.

Now it's over to you...


Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

There was an appetite-suppressant candy called Ayds. I guess it worked, I don't know, but it didn't last as AIDS became an epidemic in the 80's.

Anonymous said...

1. My A levels!
2. ICL once IMB got going
3. Betamax

The Mistress of the Dark said...

1. Flowers In The Attic (the movie)
2. Algebra 2 (that would be mine)
3. My drivers test twice!
4. New Coke
5. What was that movie with Ben and Jen? It was such a failure I can't remember it's name.
6. Shanghai Surprise

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

sony betamax
my golf
my bowling
my anything sports actually
vietnam war
soviet union
chinese exports
stockmarket in 1929
jdsu (the stock where i lost a BUNDLE!)
florida public school system

smiles, bee

Michael Manning said...

1. Paris Hilton!
2. My failure to date Kate Hudson
3. John Delorean's DMC 12
4. Alan Arkin in the film "Alan"
5. American Airline's demise of TWA
7. Delta's demise of Pan Am
8. Tonya Harding
9. Britney Spears
10. Tiny Tim weds Miss Vickie
11. Tom Cruise (an Imbecile)
12. Lorne Green in "Battlestar Gallactica (the TV series)
13. William Shatner's obesity
14. "Razors Edge" with Bill Murray
15. Katie Holmes (Marrying an Imbecile)
16. "Dirty Dancing II Havana Nights"
17. The Godfather III & Sophia Coppola
18. William Hung CD's
19. "American Idol" TV Show
20. Simon Cowell on "American Idol"
21. Ted Kennedy & Chappaquidick
22. The Yugo Automobile
23. Ross Perot's run for President
24. Comedian Kathy Griffin
25. Betrayal in "The Kite Runner"
26. Politicians & Prostitutes
27. Chevrolet's Vega automobile
28. Roger Vadim's "Barbarella"
29. The Vietnam War
30. Osama bin Laden at Large
34. Hair in a spray can by Popeil
35. The movie "Blume in Love"
36. Chrysler's "K-car"
36. Old MG's Electrcial Systems
37. Ford buying Jaguar
38. Ford buying Land Rover
39. Ralph Nader
40. No meals on US airlines
41. The Tucker Torpedo automobile
42. Donald Trump
43. Trump divorcing Marla Maples
44. The Trump Shuttle
45. P.Ditty
46. No US Healthcare System
47. The movie "Caligula"
48. Larry Flynt
49. Fiat automobiles in the US
50. Singer Tiffany's management

Michael Manning said...

Sorry Captain: Too much Editing resulted in consistency problems. I owe you two more.

-American TV's "20/20" axing an expose on Marilyn Monroe and The Kennedy's thanks to the late Roone Arledge

-The New Coca Cola


craziequeen said...

My O-levels......which explains my employment as a civil servant and not a teacher...

Fanta Zero - so full of aspartame it tastes revolting....and it wiped my fave flavour off the shelves....

Life is full of failures and disappointments, it's always hard to pick one or two - kudos to Michael for FIFTY!


Ernie said...

Well, obviously dinosaurs were a huge failure. They couldn't even survive a massive asteroid strike. I saw a couple people mentioned Betamax, but you can now add HD-DVD. And someone else said New Coke, but there was also Crystal Pepsi.

Titania Starlight said...

1. Leg warmers
2. My first marriage
3. Zardoz- The worse movie Sean
Connery ever did. Horrid movie.
4.there was a diet product called Ayds. Very bad idea.
6. Atkins Diet- I shun this as a vegetarian/nutritionist. I hope this fad stays dead and buried.
7.Pet Rock. I just don't get it.
8. Adam Sandler in "Punch Drunk Love". I want my time back I wasted watching it.
9.Sea Monkey's- A way to rip off parents to grow some type of sea creature.
10. The Leaning Tower of Pisa?
11. Ma & PA Video Stores.
12. The movie "Water World".
13. Howard the Duck
14.Parachute Pants
15.Garbage Pail Kids :Obnoxious trading cards from the 80's.

That was fun. :o)

Have a nice weekend.

Professor Xavier said...

First of all, let me just say that I enjoyed Ishtar. Seeing Hoffman and Beaty be so dopey was quite amusing.


Catwoman and Elektra. Stinkos!

Linda said...

You mean something other than my two marriages? Hmmm ... hard to say!

How about the DeLorean?

Lahdeedah said...

My attempts to find a job.

Accounting class.

The movie: I Am Legend (ugh)

The Pinto (car that was famous for exploding upon being rear ended)

Cabbage Patch Dolls

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Whew! You found quite a few there, particularly Michael. Well done.

I should have remembered betamax. That was a classic failure.

Justice said...

well I dont think all of those were failures I mean I know my mom's friend Novy spent loads on Cabbage patch dolls for her Daughter...

Failures hmmm....

not sure I will have to think more on that

The Real Mother Hen said...

Ha the comments here are really funny :)
My biggest failure is I haven't had one yet! HA!

Anonymous said...

my biggest one was with Laura.. I messed that up royally

Fab said...

failures? ok:
-the kid (movie with Bruce Willis)
-Magnolia (what was the deal with the toads falling from the sky???)
-failing university: English and Dutch literature (big depression followed, but have now a successfull career thanks to business school - so am ok with it)

other then that, I think my failures are small

PI said...

That's really odd. I think I must blank failure out- nothing comes to mind - not mine or anybodies.
Ah yes! All ball games and that would be me. And whistling.

Anonymous said...

betamax wasn't truly a failure as it worked perfectly well (still does) - it was its lack of worldwide usage and Sony's clever marketing of VHS that did for it.

8 tracks - whatever happened to them? Do you remember you had to have a second car to fit them in!!

my ability to tidy the house and keep it tidy!

with the exception of tennis, me playing every ball game that requires the accurate aiming of the round object.



Ciera said...


gurufuk said...

Laser disc
HD-DVD (long live bluray)

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