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Date: 02/11/14 02:42 PM

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8044 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm
    Link: 13 Failed Predictions That Were So Wrong - 13 Innovations that have been scoffed at by men lacking foresight. They couldn`t have been more wrong, if they tried.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    February 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm
    X-rays were discovered in the mid 1890s. Roentogen...something like that. So how could Lord Kelvin have been commenting on them 10 years earlier?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    1984 - I said Madonna was a one hit wonder but Cindy Lauper would be really really BIG. . . Go know.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
    2579 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    Lord Kelvin said that the X-rays WILL prove to be a failure, so maybe he was commenting on what scientists were attempting to do involving X-rays.
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    drworm2002 Male 30-39
    662 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    Angilion, they got the date wrong. He made the comment in 1896.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm
    Angilion, they got the date wrong. He made the comment in 1896.

    Right, I`ve found it now.

    He rescinded the comment shortly afterwards, having seen the evidence. So it`s not much of a story, really. X-rays were a rather radical thing at the time, so it`s not surprising that people were sceptical about them.
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
    2081 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm
    Anything that spews from Al Gore`s mouth.
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    kree_ Male 30-39
    1030 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm
    The babe ruth one confuses me. What does his hitting record have to do with the position he played? Pitchers hit just like everyone else.
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    Runemang Male 30-39
    2676 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm
    I thought CDs would never catch on.

    Oops.
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    chalket Male 50-59
    2712 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm
    Oh, SCfan, you are sooo clever! And so current, too!

    (/sarc)
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    February 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm
    The babe ruth one confuses me. What does his hitting record have to do with the position he played? Pitchers hit just like everyone else.

    Not true. Pitchers have horrible batting averages compared to other players, and few home runs. If he had remained a pitcher he most likely would never have set the hitting records that he did.

    Oh and I just knew that laser discs would never take off.


    wait.....
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    kree_ Male 30-39
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    February 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm
    Freddy, I thought he broke the home run record by hitting 29 as a pitcher, and then they moved him over.
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5611 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    "I just knew that laser discs would never take off. "
    No, big assed f*cking laser disk >>players<< never took off. The technology did just fine.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm
    Kree - Ruth was doing a little pitching in `18 and `19, but had started playing in the outfield in `17. He only pitched in 17 games in the early part of the `19 season, then he went to the outfield full time to focus on hitting. If he had played the whole season out there, he would have probably hit more than 29 that year. The next two years he almost doubled it, hitting 54 and 59.

    CodeJockey - I was referring to the players and the ginormous discs, not the technology. I was also being sarcastic.
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    Zismo Male 18-29
    1050 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm
    Obama = Change ;)
    I thought the ipad would flop, now I have two and so does everybody else.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    February 11, 2014 at 10:12 pm
    The last one is actually correct. HuffPo has yet to turn a profit. It`s apparently being propped up by donations -- probably from some rich liberal like George SoreAss.
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    Magentab0b Female 30-39
    1467 posts
    February 12, 2014 at 7:15 am
    I thought mp3 players were lame and wouldn`t catch on because you HAVE to have a computer to load songs.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    6961 posts
    February 12, 2014 at 11:02 am
    I was out in the boonies for the eighties and when I got back to UK I thought buying bottles of water was a wierd aberration that wouldn`t last.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32823 posts
    February 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm
    It`s a lot easier to predict things wrongly than rightly...
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
    1293 posts
    February 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    Yeah, AOL has done some pretty dumb things in its time, but buying HuffPo might be the dumbest. The former might survive, but I cannot see them subsidising HuffPo indefinitely, it makes no commercial sense.

    5Cats is spot on. There are far more of these. There is even an aircraft carrier named after Foch, whose predictions would mean that such a thing would not exist.

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