Monday, July 16, 2012

More Bad Predictions

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible." -- A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" -- H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper." -- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With the Wind."

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." -- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax." -- William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, British scientist, 1899.

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" -- Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this." -- Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"It will be years -- not in my time -- before a woman will become Prime Minister." -- Margaret Thatcher, 1974.

"I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone." -- Charles Darwin, The Origin Of Species, 1869.

"With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market." -- Business Week, August 2, 1968.
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24 comments:

  1. wow..I can't believe Margaret Thatcher said that?..

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  2. Rocks said the same thing I thought... Margaret Thatcher said that?! How ironic!

    Big hugs xoxo

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  3. Some of those guys laughed all the way to the bank! Good ones.

    Big hugs, honey...

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  4. It makes you wonder how many wonderful things weren't achieved or invented because people listened to naysayers.

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  5. Cooper may have lost the role but they don't sing a song about Clark Gable.

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  6. "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.


    lol, lmao, lmbo, etc!



    Have an awesome day Sandee ((HUGS))

    Great post!!

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  7. Those are some interesting predictions. So who does want to hear Actors talk?? Take care

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  8. Thank goodness for visionaries, who listen to themselves and not others.

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  9. I was once told by a teacher in elementary school that because of social and economic changes, none of us would ever own a house ... a liberal doomsday fellow - LOLOL !!

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  10. Excellent today, Sandee! My fave was the 'who wants to hear actors talk?' Reminded me of an old movie we just watched on Turner.
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  11. It is amazing that these ideas had been passed up at first, I bet the guys who kept pursueing these ideas are very happy they did so.

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  12. That is interesting, but I suspect bad comments were made about many products that did indeed flop. That said, I wish I could take back many of my past comments about a varity of things.

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  13. proof that you need to stick to your dreams.

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  14. really interesting facts!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxxo

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  15. History is littered with these. But the one that asked who wants to hear actors talk; I still wonder about that.

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  16. I wonder how many of these people ended up kicking themselves in the butt

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  17. Wow, there were a lot of people out there eating their words, huh?

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  18. I enjoyed the chuckle today. Very interesting :) Happy Monday!

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  19. These are the same experts we pay to do those studies.

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  20. We as a nation made a very bad decision 3-1/2 years ago and it was predicted by the experts in advance...It's called Obamanation...

    Great post I had no idea some of those predictions were made.

    PLU from SSF

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  21. I think I might have said, "If gasoline gets to $1.00 per gallon, I'll quit driving." I hate it when that happens.

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  22. Very bad predictions indeed! I did not know that Margaret Thatcher made such a statement. Funny she was the one to prove it wrong!:)

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