Really terrible predictions #2

I suppose that some of these may be urban myths but anyway here is another selection:

I’ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad named after President Bush. Richard Perle in September 2003

Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. Dr Dionysius Larder Irish scientific writer (1793-1859)

Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput. Sir Alan Sugar, British entrepreneur in February 2005.

There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.  FCC Commissioner in 1961

As if nations bound together by such economic ties as now unite the countries of the world would ever disrupt the great industrial organism and begin fighting. American economist, John Bates Clark in 1902,

We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.  Hewlett-Packard’s rejection of Steve Jobs

Against the menace of Japanese economic power there is now only one way out. The time has come for the United States to make common cause with the Soviet Union. Gore Vidal in 1986

That virus is a pussy cat. Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley talking about HIV in 1988.

Y2K is a crisis without precedent in human history. Edmund X. DeJesus in BYTE magazine in 1998.

The end of everything we call life is close at hand and cannot be evaded. H.G. Wells in 1946

You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees. Kaiser Wilhelm II, August 1914

Reagan doesn’t have that presidential look. United Artists Executive rejecting Reagan as lead in the 1964 film The Best Man

By the year 1982 the graduated income tax will have practically abolished major differences in wealth. Columbia University professor Irwin Edman in 1932

Nuclear powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years. Alex Lewyt in the New York Times in 1955

If anything remains more or less unchanged, it will be the role of women. David Riesman, conservative American social scientist in 1967.

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?  Harry M. Warner of Warner Brothers in 1927

Before man reaches the moon, your mail will be delivered within hours from New York to Australia by guided missiles. We stand on the threshold of rocket mail. Arthur Summerfield 1959 – U.S. Postmaster General*

*As postmaster general, he oversaw the United States Postal Service’s brief experiment with rocket-delivered mail, a flirtation that crystallized into reality for the only time as “missile mail” with the 8 June 1959 launch of a letter-stuffed Regulus cruise missile from the USS Barbero, a submarine of the United States Navy. Source: Wikipedia.

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One Response to Really terrible predictions #2

  1. Alberto says:

    Quite accurate…

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