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15 Ridiculous Predictions Which Didn’t Come True! – Part 3

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“The proposition that the Earth is not the center of the world and immovable but that it moves, and also with a diurnal motion, is equally absurd and false philosophically and theologically. It will never be proven that Earth moves.” (Papal Inquisition to Galileo, 1633)

“The most important fundamental laws and facts of physical science shave all been discovered, and are so firmly established that the possibility of their ever being supplanted in consequence of new experimental discoveries is incredibly remote.” (1907 Nobel Prize winner Albert Abraham Michelson, 1890)

“That so-called space travel is utter bilge” (Astronomer Richard Wooley, 1956)

Anyone who expects some source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine.” (Ernest Rutherford, 1934)

“Medicinal applications of radiation will be slowly removed from the hands of professionals. Doctors will only write you a prescription, and then you will go to radiologist’s shop just near drugstore where you will be then given appropriate radiation treatment. Radiation is the ultimate cure to all ilnesses.” (J.B.S.Haldane, 1943)

Atomic energy might be as good as our present-day explosives, but it is very unlikely to produce anything more dangerous.” (Winston Churchill, 1939)

“The radio waves that I discovered are of no use whatsoever.” (Heinrich Hertz, 1887)

“War is a relic of babarism, probably destined to become as obsolete as duelling” (William Thompson, lord Kelvin, 1907)

“The escape from pain in surgical operations is only a fantasy… Knife and pain are two words which will be always inseparable in the minds of patients.” (Alfred-Armand-Louis-Marie Velpeau, 1839)

“These so-called Xrays are only a deliberate hoax” (William Thompson, lord Kelvin, 1895)

“Cars will cost as little as $200. People will have two-month vacation. They will care little for possessions. The happiest people will live in one-factory villages. (Predictions for 1960 by General Motors, 1939)

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? (H.M.Warner, 1927)

The cinema is only a little more than a fad. It’s canned drama. Actuall, what audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage. (Charlie Chaplin, 1916)

No one will pay money to get from Berlin to Potsdam by train in one hour when he can ride his horse there in one day for free. (King William I of Prussia, 1864)

It is unknowable how long the Iraq War will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months. (Donald Rumsfeld, 2003)

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15 Ridiculous Predictions Which Didn’t Come True! – Part 2

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”There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” (Robert Millikan, physicist and Nobel Prize winner, 1923)

”You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees.” (Kaiser Wilhelm II to German troops, August 1914)

”Rock n’ roll will be gone by June.” (Verify magazine, 1955)

”I see no good reasons why the views gives in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities in anyone.” (Charles Darwin in foreword to On the Origin of Species, 1859)

”A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” (NY Times, 1936)

”I predict the internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.” (Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, 1996)

”The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” (The president of the Michigan Savings Bank, 1903)

”The ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.” (William Orton, president of Western Union, 1876)

”The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” (Field Marshal Haig, 1916)

”Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.” (Thomas Alva Edison, 1889)

”Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.” (Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio broadcasting, 1948)

”Y2K is a crisis without precedent in human history.” (Byte magazine editor Edmund DeJesus, 1998)

”Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput.” (Alan Sugar, 2005)

”Using Twitter for literate communication ia about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite The Illiad.” (Bruce Sterling in The New York Times, 2007)

”There is no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.” (Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2007)

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