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10 of the most foolish predictions in history

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We offer you to take a look at 10 of the most foolish predictions and claims ever made by the most famous engineers, doctors and producers.

1. «Ours has been the first (expedition), and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality», – said Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861. Nowadays five million people visit this «profitless locality» every year.

2. «HIV Is Not the Cause of AIDS». Peter Duesberg made this controversial statement in 1988, he was one of the most respected microbiologists in the world at the time.

3. «There will never be a bigger plane built.» One of Boeing engineers said after the flight of Boeing-247, which could fit ten passengers.

4. «You better get secretarial work or get married.» An advice given to Marilyn Monroe in a model agency in 1944.

Marilyn Monroe

5. «Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.» Travel associates of Edwin L. Drake refusing his «foolish suggestion», then, shortly after, Drake himslef became the first man who began drilling oil wells in USA in 1859.

6. «We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.» The biggest mistake made by Grandpa Recordings in 1962, when they rejected The Beatles.

The Beatles, (L-R) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr

7. «This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.» A claim made by Western Union in 1876.

8. «I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.» Thomas Watson’s words, Chairman of IBM, uttered in 1943. His prediction did come true for the following decade, however, the same market then suddenly exploded.

9. «Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.» An incredibly controversial statement, related to its own area: Lee De Forest, an American radio pioneer and inventor of the electronic lamp said these words in 1957.

10. «There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.» The most idiotic statement in our list, the author of which is Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). And he said this not too long ago – in 1977.

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