(These are not 'bad guys', merely proof that even 'experts' talk utter claptrap sometimes)
“Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.”
Dionysius Lardner, professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, University College London
Early 19th century
“This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”
Western Union internal memo, 1876
“It doesn`t matter what he does — he will never amount to anything.”
Albert Einstein`s teacher to his father
“Radio has no future.
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
X-rays will prove to be a hoax.”
William Thomson — Lord Kelvin
One time President of the Royal Society
“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.”
Grover Cleveland, former president of the United States
“Airplanes are interesting toys, but they are of no military value whatsoever.”
Marechal Ferdinand Fock,
Professor of Strategy,
Ecole Superieure de Guerre
“That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.”
Scientific American, 1909
“There is no hope for the fanciful idea of reaching the moon, because of the insurmountable barriers to escaping the earth`s gravity.”
University of Chicago astronomer Dr. F. R. Moulton, 1932
“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.”
Albert Einstein, 1932
“The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.”
Admiral William Leahy,
U.S. Atomic Bomb Project.
“You better get secretarial work or get married.”
Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency
Discouraging would-be model Marilyn Monroe, 1944
“We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.”
Decca executive, 1962,
after turning down the Beatles.
“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”
President, Digital Equipment, 1977
“We don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.”
Hewlett Packard rejecting Steve Jobs,
who founded Apple Computers instead.
“Earlier on today apparently a lady rang the BBC and said she heard that there was a hurricane on the way. Well don't worry if you're watching, there isn't.”
Michael Fish, BBC Weatherman, on the evening of the 1987 hurricane.
“Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput.”
Sir Alan Sugar, 2005