Top 10 Predictions that went wrong

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5:18 pm 23 Apr, 2010

10. The first of several agents who rejected J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book:

No, thank you.

9. H. M. Warner, co-founder of Warner Brothers, 1927:

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?

8.Margaret Thatcher, 1974. She was the British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990:

It wiIl be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister.

7. Former Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, 1959. Fidel Castro has stayed in power for 47 years:

I give Castro a year.

6. Cambridge Aeronautics Professor, when shown Frank Whittle’s plan for the jet engine:

Very interesting Whittle, my boy, but it will never work.

5. Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, on HIV, 1988:

That virus is a pussycat.

4. British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison’s light bulb, 1878:

Good enough for our transatlantic friends … but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.

3. Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe   computers, arguing against the PC in 1977:

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.

2. New York Times, 1936:

A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.

1. Napoleon Bonaparte, when told of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, 1800s:

What, 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.

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