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Some of recent history's epic fails

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Facebook quickly fell from its initial stock price of $38 per share.

So, the Big Bay Boom fireworks show was a big bang bust. Not just a failure, one could argue that the firework display qualifies as an epic fail, a special title reserved for something so botched, the failure itself becomes legendary.

And of course, there are plenty of examples in this category. Here to help sort through some of the best of the worst is KPCC's Sanden Totten, fan of blockbuster flops "John Carter" and Crystal Pepsi.

The most recent examples of an epic fail could be CNN and Fox News' proclamation that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was struck down by the Supreme Court.

And who could forget Facebook's much ballyhooed, and disappointing, IPO.

The classic example of an epic fail was Coca-Cola launching New Coke.

Sales flopped, and Coca-Cola was forced to bring back the old recipe within three months. But sometimes, failures can lead to success. Sales of 'classic' Coke saw a huge spike.

The Spider-Man musical was long delayed, went over budget, and was plagued by accidents.

In addition to the technical difficulties, the show itself was widely panned by critics. Charles Spencer from The Telegraph even said, "I spent much of this new musical muttering, 'Please Lord, make it stop." But then, producers overhauled the show. Now, it's wildly popular with fans, and regularly sells out shows. Maybe, it's because people want to see something that's so bad it's worth talking about.


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