There are times when only one word can accurately and comprehensively sum up the events which have just occurred… Oops. This category aims to celebrate the best fail moments of 2011.
Winner: MythBusters is a US TV show where the hosts perform scientific experiments to prove or disprove commonly-held misconceptions or myths… usually, but this year the show took an unusual turn when they accidentally shot a cannonball into a home in California. (Business Insider)
Runner-Up: Carolyn Bourne didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts with her step son’s fiancée in 2011 — she sent an email to her, saying her behaviour “was staggering in its uncouthness and lack of grace”. (Telegraph)
When a man in Hertfordshire saw a giant object hovering in the night sky he decided to best thing to do was call 999 — then he realised it was the moon. Police then released the embarrassing audio to warn other people from making such calls. (NewsLite)
French tennis ace Alize Cornet was left red-faced earlier this year — when she disrupted her own WTA match against Caroline Wozniacki by having her phone go off in her kit bag. (Daily Mail)
The captain of a flight from North Carolina to New York has caused a terror scare — by accidentally locking himself in the toilet. Fighter jets were even put on alert after the captain of the Chatauqua Airlines flight disappeared to the loo and didn’t come back. (Telegraph)