If you thought you were bad at singing, dancing, or some other talent, then this is the perfect list for you. Reading about these poor souls will make you feel loads better about your not-so-stellar guitar skills or sub-par pottery crafting ability. Throughout history, our world has seen some true geniuses, as well as some truly horrendous poets, lawyers, and sailors. This list includes ten of the most unskilled individuals who somehow managed to clinch fame and worldwide recognition for being so terrible at their professions.
We would never want to go on a camping trip with Thomas Nuttal, and we would by no means ever hire Dennis Hawver to represent us in a court of law. There have been prestigious university professors who saw their careers get ruined by excelling at being dead-wrong. Also, thanks to The Shaggs, we greatly envy deaf people. Yes, there are many jobs out there, yet some people simply choose the wrong one and land in the history books for all the wrong reasons.
Enjoy reading about these individuals and remember them the next time you feel like a total failure in gym class. At least you don't have a statistic of failure named after you.
10 Mario Mendoza
9 Pastor Maldonado
8 The Shaggs
7 Dennis Hawver
6 Thomas Nuttal
5 General John Pope
4 Joseph Weber
3 Stuart Hill
2 Hugh Trevor-Roper
1 William McGonagall
When a humorous editorial letter jokingly spotlighted William McGonagall's work, he took it as proof that his true calling was poetry. McGonagall, who was from Britain, devoted about a quarter of his life to writing poems and verses that were painstakingly crafted – and written. The poor guy just had no talent for poetry, and was actually only paid once to write a poem (it was for a bar of soap.) Even so, there are circles dedicated to clinging onto McGonagall's memory and writings, although it is more about celebrating his perseverance in the face of failure. The Brits love nothing more a tragic hero.
Sources: civilwar.org, encyclopediaofarkansas.net, nytimes.com, excite.com, telegraph.co.uk, pitchfork.com, slate.com, independent.co.uk
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