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The Worst Predictions Ever

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Time has turned these statements into some of the dumbest ever uttered in human history.

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"Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles H. Duell Report Abuse
Charlie was the Head of the US patent Office in 1899. Despite his keen prediction, humans did manage to invent a couple of things over the hundred years or so.
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This statement did not originate with Charles H. Duell. See Wikipedia's article on Charles_Holland_Duell
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“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” [Lord Kelvin, ca. 1895, British mathematician and physicist] Report Abuse
Um, yeah...not so much. Lord Kelvin was considered one of the top minds in the world at the time, but we actually did manage the whole "flying" thing not soon afterwords.
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After"words"?
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"That virus is a pussycat." -– Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, on HIV, 1988 Report Abuse
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"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." - A memo at Western Union, 1878 Report Abuse
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"It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister." - Margaret Thatcher, future Prime Minister, October 26th, 1969 Report Abuse
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"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." - Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, 1904. Report Abuse
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"Television won't be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." Daryl F. Zanuck Report Abuse
Daryl was the brilliant motion picture man who got Gone With The Wind made but as far as TV is concerned, I think its safe to say he missed the big picture.
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"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home." --Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp. Report Abuse
think about it.
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"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - H. M. Warner, co-founder of Warner Brothers, 192 Report Abuse
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"Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote." - Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905. Report Abuse
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"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." Irving Fisher, economics professor at Yale University, 1929 Report Abuse
Great job there by Fisher. Unfortunately, a few years later the country would go through The Great Depression, kind of stepping on Irving;s little theory.
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"It will be gone by June." - Variety, passing judgement on rock 'n roll in 1955 Report Abuse
Wow, way to have your finger on the pulse of the American people.
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"A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere." - New York Times, 1936 Report Abuse
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"Democracy will be dead by 1950." - John Langdon-Davies, A Short History of The Future, 1936 Report Abuse
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"Radio has no future." - Lord Kelvin, Scottish mathematician and physicist, former president of the Royal Society, 1897 Report Abuse
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"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom." - Robert Millikan, American physicist and Nobel Prize winner, 1923 Report Abuse
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The iPod will be "dead, finished, gone, kaput" by the following Christmas. Sir Alan Sugar Report Abuse
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"The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd. It is little short of treasonous." - Comment of Aide-de-camp to Field Marshal Haig, at tank demonstration, 1916 Report Abuse
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"This antitrust thing will blow over." - Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. Report Abuse
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"Space travel is bunk." - Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of the UK, 195 Report Abuse
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“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” [Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949] Report Abuse
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"There will never be a bigger plane built." - A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people Report Abuse
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