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.....|
Surely, 60 years later, mankind's thoughts on women evolved....
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?
|Rumors of the Passengers' Demise Quite Exaggerated|
Elvis Sighting at Nashville Truck Stop Believed to be a Hoax
|Let's Just Stick to Telegrams, Shall We....|
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....|
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|
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!|
|Perhaps He Should Have Consulted With David Oppenheimer...|
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.
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|
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 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....|
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.
|Wrong, Little Nicky|
Which one is your favorite?
|Representing Pennsylvania Employees Since 1991|