20 Predictions From Smart People That Were Completely Wrong

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Hindsight is 20/20, but it can be humorous to look back on what great intellectuals and reputable publications once predicted for the future.From the end of war to declaring the light bulb a flop, here are some of the more ridiculous statements we found listed on Wikipedia that would later prove false. 

- Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.
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- The New York Times, 1936.
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- A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds 10 people.
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-Albert Einstein, 1932.
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-Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison's light bulb, 1880.
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-The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.
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-Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.
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-Dr. Dionysius Lardner, professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, 1823
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-Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), in a talk given to a 1977 World Future Society meeting in Boston.
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-IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.
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-Newsweek, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.
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-W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954.
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-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.
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-Associates of David Sarnoff responding to the latter's call for investment in the radio in 1921.
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-Simon Newcomb, Canadian-born American astronomer, 1888.
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-Simon Cameron, U.S. Senator, on the Smithsonian Institution, 1901.
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-Irving Fisher, economics professor at Yale University, 1929.
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-Variety, passing judgement on rock 'n roll in 1955.
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-Margaret Thatcher, future Prime Minister, October 26th, 1969.
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-Anonymous publishing executive writing to JK Rowling, 1996.
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