Monday, June 12, 2006

Top 87 Bad Predictions about the Future


I often have incredibly stupid thoughts, but I try to keep them inside. And I try and make it a point to never speak in absolutes. That way noone will be able to call you on being a total retard. Wow, some of these people really missed the mark. Check some of these out:

"That virus is a pussycat."-- Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, on HIV, 1988.

"...good enough for our transatlantic friends ... but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men." -- British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison's light bulb, 1878.

"A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere."--New York Times, 1936.

"The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."---Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878.

"Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop - because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds." --TIME, 1966, in one sentence writing off e-commerce long before anyone had ever heard of it.

"Radio has no future."--Lord Kelvin, Scottish mathematician and physicist, former president of the Royal Society, 1897.

The phonograph has no commercial value at all." --Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1880s.

Freaking idiots. Check the rest out HERE.

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