30 Controversial Moments in History That Shocked Everyone

111978 World Chess Championship

The 1978 World Chess Championship was mired by a number of bizarre controversies involving hypnosis, mirror glasses, and blueberry yogurt.


12Paint It, Black

The Rolling Stones' record company mistakenly included a comma in the title for their single “Paint It Black” (Paint It, Black), leading to a controversy over its racial interpretation.


13Uta Pippig

Uta Pippig became the first woman to cross the finish line during the 1996 Centennial Boston Marathon. Her win caused a great deal of controversy as she continued the race even after losing control of her bowels and beginning to menstruate.


14Maya Lin

The Vietnam Memorial was designed by Maya Lin, a 21-year-old Yale undergraduate. Once it was revealed that she was Asian a controversy arose, with Ross Perot calling her an "Egg Roll" and forcing Lin to defend her design in front of Congress.


15Ghostwatch

In 1992, BBC released a horror mockumentary (Ghostwatch) on Halloween night that was presented as live television and caused a huge controversy because many people believed it was real and there were several case reports of people, mainly children, who suffered PTSD like effects from watching it.


16Roadkill Gummy candy

Candy company Trolli introduced the "Roadkill Gummy candy", a series of sweets shaped like flattened snakes, chickens and squirrels with track marks on their bodies. The product was pulled from stores due to controversy. 


17Robert Latimer

In 1993, a Canadian farmer named Robert Latimer sparked a national controversy on the ethics of euthanasia after killing his daughter Tracy who was suffering from severe mental and physical disabilities.


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18Wingdings font

The font "Wingdings" has been involved in 2 controversies, including one where if the user typed "NYC" the font would render "Skull", "Star of David" (Jewish Star), and "Thumbs Up."


19World Scrabble Championship

The 2011 World Scrabble Championship descended into controversy when one player Chollapat Itthi-Aree demanded that another player Ed Martin be strip-searched into a restroom to check his skivvies for the missing letter-tile "G."


20Eisenhower Baseball Controversy

“The Eisenhower Baseball Controversy” refers to a series of allegations that Dwight D. Eisenhower played minor league baseball under an alias prior to joining the United States Military Academy.

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