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The World’s Worst Predictions… Ever.

Submitted by on Saturday, 24 November 2007No Comment

ShrugOk, I’m sure all of you will like to know what 2007 predictions will be like… Or maybe some of you are more into weather predictions, Oscar predictions, NFL predictions or maybe even Nostradamus predictions…

Well, sorry, don’t have ’em, what do you think I am, psychic?

Anyway, what I have are the world’s worst predictions ever. What were they thinking? Well, I guess it’s not their fault, no one knew what the future would have brought then… Ahh, the power of hindsight, so easy to point our stubby little fingers now and go, “What the… Were you crazy??

Here they are, the world’s worst predictions :

Theoretically,television may be feasible, but I consider it an impossibility – a development which we should waste little time dreaming about.” – Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas J. Watson, 1943, Chairman of the Board of IBM

It doesn’t matter what he does, he will never amount to anything.” – Albert Einstein’s teacher to his father, 1895

It will be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister.” – Margaret Thatcher, 1974

This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” – Western Union internal memo, 1876

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” – H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

640K ought to be enough for anybody.” – Bill Gates, 1981

Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.” – Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” – Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.” – Hewlett-Packard’s rejection of Steve Jobs, who went on to found Apple Computers

Airplanes are interesting toys, but they have no military value.” – Marshal Ferdinand Foch in 1911

With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market.” – Business Week, 1958

Whatever happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping.” – Frank Knox, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, on December 4, 1941

Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” – Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, October 16, 1929.

And some other interesting snippets of famously wrong predictions:

  • An official of the White Star Line, speaking of the firm’s newly built flagship, the Titanic, launched in 1912, declared that the ship was unsinkable.
  • In 1939 The New York Times said the problem of TV was that people had to glue their eyes to a screen, and that the average American wouldn’t have time for it.
  • An English astronomy professor said in the early 9th century that air travel at high speed would be impossible because passengers would suffocate.

And to finish off this post, I hope to see this come out in someone’s famously wrong predictions of all time list in the near future :

The 33 Rebels website? Nah, nothing will come out of it. 33 Rebels making millions? Pfft, yeah right… Who the hell wants to read this crap anyway…” – Anonymous

Later guys… 😉

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