This Day in Failure: November 17

2008: The term “meh”—an expression of indifference or boredom—earns a place in the Collins English Dictionary. Once obscure, “meh” achieves critical mass after being uttered in a 2001 episode of The Simpsons in which Homer suggests a day trip to his children Bart and Lisa. “They both just reply ‘meh’ and keep watching TV,” recalls Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries.

2008: Chad Toy, 21, escapes from McCracken County Regional Jail in western Kentucky, running out the front door after a guard unlocks it to clean trash from a breezeway. Later that same day, a wet and grime-covered Toy—serving a four-year sentence for theft while also awaiting trial on charges stemming from a home invasion—voluntarily returns to the jail and asks to be let back in. “When I rang the bell at the jail and told them who I was, they were surprised,” Toy tells local newspaper The Paducah Sun. “I guess they hadn't seen that before.”

2008: The Securities and Exchange Commission files a civil lawsuit charging Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with insider trading, accusing the outspoken billionaire of allegedly using confidential information to avoid more than $750,000 in losses related to a stock offering by

1968: In what is now known as “the Heidi game,” NBC cuts away from the last 1:05 of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders football game to begin showing the movie Heidi on schedule. The Raiders score two touchdowns in the last 42 seconds to win 43-32, angering many football fans who missed out on the miraculous finish.