publication date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (part of Winter 2017)

category: Controversy

clue: Another Clinton email scandal: One typo by this IT staffer may have changed the course of world affairs.

explanation: Delavan worked in the IT department of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Thanks to a typo, he failed to warn campaign manager John Podesta not to open a phishing email, which led to public leaks of Podesta's emails and damaged the campaign, possibly allowing Russian interference in a U.S. election and possibly altering the outcome so that Donald Trump won the election. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, and Jesse King


Similar Goos

Abraham Zapruder

When this Dallas businessman brought his camera to watch a presidential motorcade, he unintentionally filmed one of the most important 26 seconds of footage in American history. Go »

David Phillips

12,150 cups of pudding can make you famous around the world, and you can go anywhere to find out. Go »

Paul McLoone

Never listen to the tone beneath this goo's voice. But if you do, don't let the chain of love end with you alone. Go »

Glenn Hall

He's played for three midwestern rivals, and he's so respected at goaltending that they call him "Mr. Goalie," but he's not Darren Pang. Go »

Alex Malarkey

People shouldn't have been so quick to believe this boy's story about visiting Heaven. After all, his last name is another word for falsehood. Go »

Jeremiah Wright

For a presidential candidate, there's no right way to distance yourself from offensive remarks by your pastor. Go »