[Jokes] Bizarre Predictions
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Wed Jul 6 19:54:36 BST 2005
* "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 15 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of
* "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
* "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country
and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that
data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
--The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall,
* "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their
--Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital
Equipment Corp., 1977
* "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be serious-
ly considered as a means of communication. The device is
inherently of no value to us,"
--Western Union internal memo, 1876.
* "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.
Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
--David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for
investment in the radio in the 1920s.
* "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.)
* "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 Debbie Fields' idea of starting her company,
Mrs. Fields' Cookies.
* "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way
--Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
* "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high
--Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University,
* "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
--Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole
Superieure de Guerre.
* "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
--Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents,
* "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction".
--Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
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