Past quotes on the future

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  1. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    "Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific
    advances." -- Philo T. Farnsworth, Inventor of TV

    "The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
    --Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project

    "There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
    --Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

    "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
    -- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

    "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, 1957

    "But what ... is it good for?"
    -- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968,
    commenting on the microchip.

    "640K ought to be enough for anybody."
    -- Bill Gates, 1981

    "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.

    "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
    -- 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.
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    "They will never sell." --The press during the introduction of the Chrysler mini van in 1984.

  3. 0100010

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    "There is a civil war in the United States that starts in 2005." - John Titor, December 2000
  4. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    Branch Davidians: Founder Vernon Houteff prophesied that David's Kingdom would be established on April 22, 1959.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Joseph Smith prophesied that the LDS would build a temple in Independence, MO, within one generation. Early Mormon apostles and prophets understood and taught that this would occur within the lifetime of those living when the prophecy was made. The temple has still not been built. Some LDS now claim that "generation" was a figurative term.

    Smith also prophesied that David W. Patten would embark on a successful mission to England in the spring of 1839. Patten was shot and killed before he could leave.

    On January 5, 1833, Smith predicted "by the authority of Jesus Christ that not many years shall pass away before ... pestilence [epidemic disease], hail, famine and earthquake will sweep the wicked of this generation from off the face of the land [the US], to open and prepare the way for the return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 17-18).

    On May 18, 1843, Smith declared, "I prophesy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United States redress the wrongs committed upon the Saints in the state of Missouri and punish the crimes committed by her officers that in a few years the government will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd [a broken piece of pottery] left..." (Ibid., p. 302; emphases added).

    Some Mormons have claimed the last two prophecies, above, were both fulfilled by the Civil War. Given the actual terms of the prophecies, such a hypothesis can only be regarded as born of desperation.

    Church of the Living Stone Mission for the Coming Days: Prophesied that Jesus would return on October 28, 1992.

    Church Universal and Triumphant: Elizabeth Clare Prophet prophesied that nuclear war would occur in 1990. The group is now suffering a dramatic decline as members tire of waiting for Armageddon.

    Harmonic Convergence: Jose Arguelles gathered people to meditate and usher in a new age on August 16-17, 1987.

    Jehovah's Witnesses: The Watchtower Society predicted that Armageddon would occur in 1914. They now teach that Jesus Christ returned invisibly in 1914. They also predicted that Abraham and others would be resurrected in 1925, and that Armageddon would occur in 1941 and 1975 (they deny the 1975 prediction). They also predicted that Armageddon would occur with the "generation of 1914." They now say that "generation" is a figurative term for anyone who can understand the significance of 1914.

    William Miller: Prophesied that Christ would return in 1843, then 1844. The Seventh-day Adventists Church came from the Millerite movement.

    Edgar E. Whisenant: Predicted that the rapture would occur on October 3, 1988. Explaining that his math had been incorrect, he later prophesied that the rapture would occur on either September 1 or 30, 1989.
  5. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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    Funny how any religious leader, who has the guts to actually predict something that is falsifiable, ends up looking silly. Heck, look at what the NT guys were saying would happen in that generation/right away/soon. The second coming has been "only days away" now for centuries.

    Of course you have some pathetic explanation, which..."Given the actual terms of the prophecies, such a hypothesis can only be regarded as born of desperation."