World's Worst Predictions - Famously Wrong Predictions

#1
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

King George II said in 1773 that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution.

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 19th century that air travel at high speed would be impossible because passengers would suffocate.

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.
 
#4
"Our armies will be greeted as Liberators and the Iraqi people will greet them with flowers"

Vice-President Richard Cheney



"I expect to win it. Sit back, put your feet up in front of the TV, relax and enjoy it. Let me do the worrying - that's what I'm paid for".


England Manager Graham Taylor before the 1992 European Championships


"Very interesting, Whittle, my boy but it will never work."


Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Cambridge when Frank Whittle showed him his plans for a jet-engine.


"I think that there is a total world market for 5 computers"

Thomas J Watson - Chairman IBM
 
#6
Well My spartan was the thrid wagon into Basra.We were greeted with fecking hundreds of flowers ,packets of lucky strike fags .As i dismounted my jimpy I was mobbed by hundreds of kids wanting to touch me. I will never ever forget that day. Even saw a group of iraqis beat the living crap out of a member of Saddams fedayeen(he didnt live for long).Sorry bergs on that day in March 2003 we were liberators.
 
#7
Deeps said:
Well My spartan was the thrid wagon into Basra.We were greeted with fecking hundreds of flowers ,packets of lucky strike fags .As i dismounted my jimpy I was mobbed by hundreds of kids wanting to touch me. I will never ever forget that day. Even saw a group of iraqis beat the living crap out of a member of Saddams fedayeen(he didnt live for long).Sorry bergs on that day in March 2003 we were liberators.

Fcukin hell Deeps what did you do that pissed them off so quickly?? Or shall I send you a list :lol:

RM
 
#8
I didnt trust a single one of them . Thats the thing that pisses me off the most. They soon forget all we have done for them. I know most people blame our fantastic political leaders for the mess up in Iraq. I dont I blame the corupt country that takes takes takes ,and the more you give them the more they want. Rant over.
 

Squirrel

Lantern Swinger
#9
Deeps said:
Well My spartan was the thrid wagon into Basra.We were greeted with fecking hundreds of flowers ,packets of lucky strike fags .As i dismounted my jimpy I was mobbed by hundreds of kids wanting to touch me. I will never ever forget that day. Even saw a group of iraqis beat the living crap out of a member of Saddams fedayeen(he didnt live for long).Sorry bergs on that day in March 2003 we were liberators.
I arrived in Basra a couple of months after you Deeps, May 03, and I agree...I remember being top cover as we drove through Basra on many occasions and everyone from kids to pensioners would wave and smile.
It had changed dramatically by the time I left in Oct though.

Edited - mong spelling.
 
#11
Deeps said:
I didnt trust a single one of them . Thats the thing that pisses me off the most. They soon forget all we have done for them. I know most people blame our fantastic political leaders for the mess up in Iraq. I dont I blame the corupt country that takes takes takes ,and the more you give them the more they want. Rant over.

That's not really a fair and balanced way to talk about the USA :lol:
 

Squirrel

Lantern Swinger
#16
higthepig said:
Sorry thought it was about predictions, not look at me I`m a soldier.
If you feel you have something to contribute to bring it back on track....then please continue. You're obviously interested enough in the topic to be annoyed that it's (admittedly but we're not offending anyone) starting to deviate a bit...most threads do.

If you don't have anything to contribute to it, then what's your problem?
 
#17
Squirrel said:
higthepig said:
Sorry thought it was about predictions, not look at me I`m a soldier.
If you feel you have something to contribute to bring it back on track....then please continue. You're obviously interested enough in the topic to be annoyed that it's (admittedly but we're not offending anyone) starting to deviate a bit...most threads do.

If you don't have anything to contribute to it, then what's your problem?
"I will predict with utter certainty that RR threads will never deviate from the original topic".

Bergs
 

Squirrel

Lantern Swinger
#19
Bergen said:
Squirrel said:
higthepig said:
Sorry thought it was about predictions, not look at me I`m a soldier.
If you feel you have something to contribute to bring it back on track....then please continue. You're obviously interested enough in the topic to be annoyed that it's (admittedly but we're not offending anyone) starting to deviate a bit...most threads do.

If you don't have anything to contribute to it, then what's your problem?
"I will predict with utter certainty that RR threads will never deviate from the original topic".

Bergs
now that is a pretty bad prediction :lol:
 

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