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


”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)



15 Ridiculous Predictions Which Didn’t Come True!


1.What could be more absurd than the prospect of locomotives traveling twice the speed of stagecoaches?(Quarterly Review, 1825)

2.Landing and moving about on the moon offers so many serious problems for humans, that it may take science another 200 years to even lick them.”(Science Digest, 1948)

3.Everything that could be invented has been already invented.” (Charles H.Duell, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899)

4.Inventions have already reached their limit long ago. I see no hope for improvements in the future(Julius Frontenus, 10 AD)

5.Drill for oil? Drill deep into the ground to find oil? You are insane.” (Drillers hired by Edwin Drake to drill for oil in Pennsylvania, 1859)

6.There is no reason anybody would want a computer in their home.”(Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977)

7.”Computers in the future might weigh no more than 1,5 tons.”(Popular Mechanics, 1949)

8.I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and sinking to the bottom of the ocean.(H.G.Wells, 1901)

9.’I take it for granted that before year 1980, all ships, airplanes, trains and automobiles will be nuclearly fueled.(David Sarnoff, 1955)

10.We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is definitely on the way out.” (Decca Recording to the Beatles, 1962)

11.Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau(Irving Fisher, October 1929, three days before the stock market crash)

12.Democracy will be dead by 1950(John Langdon-Davies, 1936)

13.It will be years – surely not in my time – before a woman becomes Prime Minister(Margaret Thatcher, 1969)

14.The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible. There will be no wars anymore.”(Guglielmo Marconi, 1912)

15.Rail travel at high speeds is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would asphyxiate.”(Dyonisius Lardner, 1828)