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Prophetic Goofs

The book, The World’s Worst Predictions lists some of history’s all-time prophetic goofs.

  • King George II said in 1773 that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution.
  • An official of the White Star Line, speaking of the firm’s newly built flagship, the Titanic, launched in 1912, declared that the ship was unsinkable.
  • In 1939 The New York Times said the problem of TV was that people had to glue their eyes to a screen, and that the average American wouldn’t have time for it.
  • An English astronomy professor said in the early 19th century that air travel at high speed would be impossible because passengers would suffocate.

The World’s Worst Predictions