This Day in Failure: March 29

2011: British Petroleum (BP) announces that a laptop containing personal information on thousands of people who filed claims related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been lost. On this day, BP sends out letters to 13,000 claimants notifying them of the loss, and offers free credit-monitoring services to people it believes were affected, as the laptop contained a spreadsheet that included names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

2006: Republican Congressional candidate Howard Kaloogian removes a fraudulent photo from his Web site, one that depicts a bustling, vibrant street corner purported to be in Baghdad. Kaloogian posts the photo to illustrate peaceful and prosperous conditions in wartime Baghdad, which he claims the mainstream news media consistently fail to report. The street corner pictured is actually in suburban Istanbul—the photo taken during Mr. Kaloogian's year-earlier trip to Turkey.

2004: Southern Living magazine asks distributors to remove copies of its April 2004 issue from newsstands due to the potentially dangerous recipe for Icebox (dinner) Rolls printed on page 154. Step one of the recipe calls for boiling one cup of water and a half-cup of shortening over high heat for five minutes, which results in a bubbling, overflowing concoction that previously injured at least five Southern Living readers. The magazine also warns its 2.6 million subscribers that the recipe is a “potential fire and safety hazard.”