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15 Ridiculous Predictions Which Didn’t Come True!

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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)

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Top 5 People With the Longest Names

1.Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff

Full name: “Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvim John Kenneth Loyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor Willian Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffvoralternwarengewissenhaftschafers wesenchafewarenwholgepflegeundsorgfaltigkeitbeschutzenvonangereifen duchihrraubgiriigfeindewelchevorralternzwolftausendjahresvorandieer scheinenbanderersteerdeemmeshedrraumschiffgebrauchlichtalsseinu rsprungvonkraftgestartseinlangefahrthinzwischensternartigraumaufde rsuchenachdiesternwelshegehabtbewohnbarplanetenkreisedrehensichund wohinderneurassevanverstandigmenshlichkeittkonntevortpflanzenundsiche rfreunanlebenslamdlichfreudeundruhemitnichteinfurchtvorangreifenvon andererintlligentgeschopfsvonhinzwischensternartigraum”

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Wolfe+585 holding his namecard

Also known as Wolfe+585, this German-born Philadelphian typesetter(1904 – 1985) has held the record for the longest personal name in history, from year 1975 until his in death 1985, with whopping 746 letters. His first name was composed of 26 words, each beginning wih one letter of the English alphabet. English translation of his surname is as follows:

A descendant of one who prepared wool for manufacture on a stone, living in a house in the mountain village, who before ages was a conscientious shepherd whose sheep were well tended and diligently protected against attackers who by their rapacity were enemies who 12,000 years ago appeared from the stars to the humans by spaceships with light as an origin of power, started a long voyage within starlike space in search for the star which has habitable planets orbiting and on which the new race of reasonable humanity could thrive and enjoy lifelong happiness and tranquility without fear of attack from other intelligent creatures from within starlike space

2.Dawn McManus

Full name: “Red Wacky League Antlez Broke the Stereo Neon Tide Bring Back Honesty Coalition Feedback Hand of Aces Keep Going Captain Let’s Pretend Lost State of Dance Paper Taxis Lunar Road Up! Down! Strange! All and I Neon Sheep Eve Hornby Faye Bradley AJ Wilde Michael Rice Dion Watts Matthew Appleyard John Ashurst Lauren Swales Zoe Angus Jaspreet Singh Emma Matthews Nicola Brown Leanne Pickering Victoria Davies Rachel Burnside Gil Parker Freya Watson Alisha Watts James Pearson Jacob Sotheran-Darley Beth Lowery Jasmine Hewitt Chloe Gibson Molly Farquhar Lewis Murphy Abbie Coulson Nick Davies Harvey Parker Kyran Williamson Michael Anderson Bethany Murray Sophie Hamilton Amy Wilkins Emma Simpson Liam Wales Jacob Bartram Alex Hooks Rebecca Miller Caitlin Miller Sean McCloskey Dominic Parker Abbey Sharpe Elena Larkin Rebecca Simpson Nick Dixon Abbie Farrelly Liam Grieves Casey Smith Liam Downing Ben Wignall Elizabeth Hann Danielle Walker Lauren Glen James Johnson Ben Ervine Kate Burton James Hudson Daniel Mayes Matthew Kitching Josh Bennett Evolution Dreams”

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Dawn McManus

Dawn McManus, a 41-year-old English woman from Hartlepool, has changed her name in April 2012, to encourage fundraising for her charity, Red Dreams. With more than 161 words and 898 letters, this is currently the longest name of a living person in the world, surpassing the previous record estabilished in 2012 by David Fearn, below.

3.David Fearn

Full name: “James Dr No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View to a Kill The Living Daylights Licence to Kill Golden Eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Bond”

In 2006, this council worker from Stafford, U.K, has changed his name to James Bond, and included all Bond movie titles as his middle names. The 69 word name was the longest name ever recorded on a UK Deed Poll until 2012.

4.Barnaby Usansky

Full name: “Barnaby Marmaduke Aloysius Benjy Cobweb Dartagnan Egbert Felix Gaspar Humbert Ignatius Jayden Kasper Leroy Maximilian Neddy Obiajulu Pepin Quilliam Rosencrantz Sexton Teddy Upwood Vivatma Wayland Xylon Yardley Zachary Usansky”

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Barnaby Usansky holding his deed of name change

Previously known as Barnaby Usansky, this man from Edinburgh held the record for the second longest name of a living person in years 2011-2012, with his 197-letters-long name.  He once said: ”I don’t see a point in having a ridiculously long name, if it is not the longest name in the world”. We can definitely see some logic in that, however, Barnaby Usansky’s name was never even close to being world’s longest.

5.Pablo Picasso

Full name: ”Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso”

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Pablo Picasso

Little known fact; Pablo Picasso, famous Spanish painter and sculptor, was also one of the people with incredibly long names. His full baptismal name was composed of a series of names honouring various saints and relatives. Added to these were then surnames Ruiz and Picasso, for his father and mother, as stated in Spanish law.