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Date: 08/22/13 05:28 PM

18 Responses to 9 Dumb Predictions Made By Smart People

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8044 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    Link: 9 Dumb Predictions Made By Smart People - Everyone is allowed at least one durrrrrr moment.
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
    2768 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    never say never... again.
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    Rodin Male 30-39
    712 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm
    Did anyone inform the Canadian government that trains could travel faster than 50 km/h?
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    paperduck Male 18-29
    1745 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm
    The only one that has stood the test of time over the ages and across civilizations is "we will never conquer death". Whoever said that will probably be right forever.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36665 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Predict the future? ... Something like this



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    uatme Male 18-29
    1074 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    Einstein wasn`t wrong... he was just stating a fact
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
    7033 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I remember my first wireless music box ...

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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36665 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    My first portable music device.



    So easy to carry and it only required 8 c size batteries.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm
    Wasn`t there a general who scoffed at the Jeep as having no conceivable use in the military?
    And back in 1895, Lord Kelvin pronounced that heavier-than-air flying machines were impossible.
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    Tatung42 Male 30-39
    46 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    My favorite:

    "You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? Excuse me, I have no time to listen to such nonsense."

    Napoléon Bonaparte
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14621 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm
    Oh I see, it`s an ad.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
    7739 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 12:42 am
    @Gerry, and asking everyone to be quiet while you taped off the radio.
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
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    August 23, 2013 at 7:27 am
    Yeah, the Einstein one wasn`t really incorrect because AT THAT TIME there were no indications of nuclear power for human use. Hard to call SOME of these people dumb for not having precognitive powers at their disposal. ... And it`s easy to make fun of someone who didn`t have the vision to find uses for these inventions, well after the fact.
    I mean, there were probably people who made fun of the person who invented the wheel, for crying out loud.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 10:15 am
    -Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun, in response to the question "Will this gun not make war more terrible?" from Havelock Ellis, an English scientist, 1893.

    "No, it will make war impossible."
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 10:17 am
    "The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most."
    -IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2013 at 10:18 am
    "And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam"

    -Newsweek, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.
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    djwajda Male 40-49
    885 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 11:36 am
    -Rock n Roll? It will be gone by June.
    Variety Magazine, 1955

    -I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 will catastrophically collapse.
    Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, in InfoWorld magazine, December 1995

    -The cinema is little more than a fad.
    Charlie Chaplin, 1916
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5611 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    "...supernova and in 1996 will catastrophically collapse..."
    It did. It was over-subscribed. The POP`s were expanded, largely by AOL, only to have dialup go out of style less than 6 years later.

    If you`re going to bring up another one, I like how Blockbuster laughed Netflix out of the meeting only to become BLOAQ less than 10 years later.

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