This may be the tech temper tantrum on this list with the most significant real-world consequences: in 2007, eBay CEO Meg Whitman got into a shoving match with Young Mi Kim, a subordinate whom Whitman felt had underprepared her for an upcoming interview with Reuters. (The interview was conducted in Second Life, for extra weird points.) Kim and Whitman reached an out-of-court settlement on the matter. But word of it got out, to Whitman's embarrassment, during her unsuccessful 2010 California gubernatorial campaign. To be fair, Whitman lost that election by more than 12 percentage points, so maybe this one incident wasn't the different between victory and defeat.