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Dumb Predictions Made by Smart People

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Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners and other blunders

No matter how smart they are, nobody can predict the future. Sure, there are plenty of documented predictions that coincidentally foresaw some of history’s biggest events before they happened, but that’s either due to fantastic insight or sheer luck.

The truth is that everybody makes mistakes, and even experts in a given industry can incorrectly make assumptions or fail to see what the future has in store for their fields.

Don’t believe me? How about that time Bill Gates said, “We will never make a 32-bit operating system”?

On the following pages, you’ll find some of history’s smartest minds saying some of the dumbest things. Their misplaced predictions may surprise you, but at the end of the day, it’ll help you realize that we all say stupid things from time to time.

bill gates 32 bit prediction

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Proof that we’re all only human!


predictions napoleon steam ships

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“How, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense.”

Albert Einstein

predictions albert einstein nuclear energy

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“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.”