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Dumbest Moments in Business

The biggest blunders of 2012.

'Pending Larry' misfires Google's earnings

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Google's quarterly financial results landed at the Securities and Exchange Commission about four hours early on Oct. 18, after a fat-fingered employee at financial printer RR Donnelley filed the document "without authorization."

The results were grisly and the stock tanked, but even disappointed investors had to laugh at the draft's placeholder for CEO Larry Page's boilerplate quote: "PENDING LARRY QUOTE."

Within minutes, a satiric Twitter feed popped up with the handle @PendingLarry, which fired off such gems as "Somehow, I'll find a way to blame today's early release on Apple Maps," "Man, our privacy was WAY violated today," and "To be fair, we released our earnings yesterday afternoon on Google Plus." -- David Goldman

- Last updated December 19 2012 05:01 PM ET