Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Worst Predictions of All Time! The Anti-Nostradamuses Foresee Dire Outcomes for Cars, TVs, Computers, the Beatles, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe

Predictions That Were Terribly Incorrect About Women, the Beatles, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, etc.

Yes, yes, this Post has nothing to do with Employment Law, I know!  But, I found an 1999 article from Herbert I. London called "Piercing the Gloom and Doom" and enjoyed it so much, I thought I would pass it along.

Here are some of my favorites, as per Mr. London's article:

Irresponsible Women Continue to Evolve Against All Odds

Uh, Mr. President.....
In 1905, Grover Cleveland said, "Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote."

Surely, 60 years later, mankind's thoughts on women evolved....

But no.

Social scientist David Riesman declared, in 1967, "If anything remains more or less unchanged, it will be the role of women."

What Was the Name of the Lady Who Lost
the 1968 Election to Dick Nixon, Again?

The Train Kept a Rolling, All Night Long - Despite Fatalistic Prediction for its Future

Rumors of the Passengers' Demise Quite Exaggerated
In the 1830s, Dionysius Lardner, author of The Steam Engine Explained and Illustrated, said, "Rail travel at high speeds is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia."

Elvis Sighting at Nashville Truck Stop Believed to be a Hoax

“You ain’t going nowhere, son.  You oughta go back to driving a truck,” said Jim Denny, manager of the Grand Ol’ Opry, in firing Elvis after a performance in 1954.

Nowhere Man
Communication Breakdown: Prediction That Telephones of No Value Slightly Off

"This telephone has too many shortcomings to be considered as a means of communication," said the president of Western Union in 1876. "The device is of inherently no value to us."   

Let's Just Stick to Telegrams, Shall We....
Horse Manure: Automobiles Merely a Fad and Horsepower is the Future

The president of Michigan Savings Banks advised Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Company because, he said, "The horse is here to stay, the automobile is a novelty."

Like a Pet Rock....
I hope that my esteemed colleague ignored these words of wisdom....

The Shadow Knows... That, Indeed, Radio Was Far More Popular Than Predicted

In 1921, radio pioneer David Sarnoff said, "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"

She Was NOT Alone
Bad Predictions Concerning the Feasibility and Appeal of Television

In 1926, Lee DeForest, inventor of the vacuum tube, said, "While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility."

Darryl Zanuck observed, in 1946, "Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."

The Wright Brothers' Father Prediction About Flying Suffered a Crash Landing
Na na na na na, Pops!
The Reverend Milton Wright, "If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us wings; He would have made us angels; He would have made us birds. Let me assure you, you will not see people fly." Three months later, Wright’s two sons, Orville and Wilbur, flew the first airplane, from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

However, the Preacher was not alone: "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible," said Lord Kelvin, president of the British Royal Society and one of the nineteenth century’s greatest experts on thermodynamics.

Astronomically Incorrect Predictions Concerning Space Travel

"A rocket will never be able to leave the earth’s atmosphere," stated the New York Times in 1936.

"Space travel is utter bilge," said a British astronomer in 1956.

You Forgot to Tell These Guys!
Dropping the Bomb:  Prediction About the Atom Off By a Few Megatons

Perhaps He Should Have Consulted With David Oppenheimer...
"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom," said Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Milliken in 1923.

Strike Out - Tris Speaker's Now Laughable Dire Prediction for Babe Ruth

"Taking the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and converting him into a right fielder is one of the dumbest things I ever heard," said Tris Speaker in 1919. He was talking about Babe Ruth. 

Trisk, Trisk....
Computer Glitches:  Computers?  Who Needs 'em?

The chairman of IBM said, "I think there is a world market for about five computers," in 1943.

Particularly When There Are 8 Available for Free Use at Your Local Apple Store
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home," said the president of Digital Electronic Corporation in 1977.

1929 Blue Skis Prediction for Stock market 2 Weeks Before the Crash

In 1929, Yale economist Irving Fisher said, "Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." Two weeks later, the stock market crashed.

Maybe "Permanent" Too Strong of a Word....
MGM Exec Thalberg's Views on Gone With the Wind Hot Air

MGM executive Irving Thalberg had this for Louis B. Mayer regarding Gone With the Wind: "Forget it, Louie, no Civil War picture ever made a  nickel."

How About $Millions?

The Anti-Nostradamus - Blue Book Modeling Agency Tells Marilyn Monroe to Pursue a Career as a Secretary or Housewife

or Else Become an Icon....
The director of Blue Book Modeling Agency advised Marilyn Monroe in 1944, "You better learn secretarial work or else get married."

Famous Quote from Terrible Decision by Decca Records to Reject Chance to Sign the Beatles

"We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out anyway," said the president of Decca Records, rejecting the Beatles in 1962.

Right, then....
Nikita Kruschev's Famous, if Misguided, Quote About How the Soviet Union Would Defeat America

Wrong, Little Nicky
"We will bury you," predicted Nikita Kruschev in 1958.

Which one is your favorite?

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1 comment:

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