You could just as easily trash your box with a mis-typed sudo command.
Yep, and it's so easy too. You can have the exact idea of what you want to do, but a typo sneaks in anyway. The example I always tell people is when trying to type /bin/rm -r /Data/
and they use the right-shift to capitalize the D, it's so easy to miss and press enter. Then your command is /bin/rm -r / (even typing that in this textbox is giving me pause). Even just /bin/rm -r /home/Bob or /bin/rm -r /usr/local/Foo could cause significant pain with this style of mistyping.
So I tell people that whenever they plan on doing a recursive delete or recursive anything, type the target first (/Data), then return to the beginning of the command line and type the executable and other parameters. That way, it's less likely a mis-key will result in disaster.
I dislike using sudo because I type in so many commands that I get into the habit of typing my password after every one, then I'm on a system where sudo caches the credentials, and I start typing my password on the command line.