Monday, August 23, 2004

World's most inaccurate predictions


In the year 1901, Wilbur Wright turned to his brother and said, "Man will not fly for 50 years." How wrong he was -- for brother Orville DID fly only two years later. It is not easy predicting the future -- and many "experts" have been proven wrong in their steadfast prognostications.

Consider these wrong-headed predictions that have turned out to be wrong:

* Thomas Edison in 1910 predicted: "The nickel-iron battery will put the gasoline buggies out of existence, and in 15 years more electricity will be sold for electric vehicles than for light."

* Albert Lewyt, president of the Lewyt Vacuum Cleaner Corp. in 1955: "Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will be a reality in 10 years.

* Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox Studios, in 1946: "Video won't be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring into a plywood box every night."

* Grover Loening, consulting engineer for the Grumman Corp., in 1944: "Gliders will be the freight trains of the air. We can visualize a locomotive plane leaving LaGuardia Field towing a train of six in the very near future."

* A record company executive, turning down the Beatles in 1962: "We don't think they will do anything in this market. Guitar groups are on the way out."

'Electric cars will replace gas-powered cars.' -- Thomas Edison


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