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Mispredictions For The Future




"I expect to win it. Sit back, put your feet up in front of the TV, relax and enjoy it. Let me do the worrying - that's what I get paid for."
  - England manager Graham Taylor before the 1992 European championships. England didn't win a game.

"I have always found strangers sexy."
- Hugh Grant, six months before he was arrested with stranger Divine Brown.

"I would not wish to be Prime Minister, dear."
- Margaret Thatcher in 1973.

"That rainbow song's no good. Take it out."
- MGM memo after first showing of The Wizard Of Oz.

"You'd better learn secretarial skills or else get married."
- Modelling agency, rejecting Marilyn Monroe in 1944.

"Radio has no future."
"X-rays are clearly a hoax."
"The aeroplane is scientifically impossible."
- Royal Society president Lord Kelvin, 1897-9.

"You ought to go back to driving a truck."
- Concert manager, firing Elvis Presley in 1954.

"Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel."
- MGM executive,advising against investing in Gone With The Wind.

"Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little."
- A film company's verdict on Fred Astaire's 1928 screen test.

"Very interesting, Whittle, my boy, but it will never work."
- Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Cambridge, shown Frank Whittle's plan for the jet engine.

"There will be one million cases of AIDS in Britain by 1991."
- World Health Organisation in a 1989 report. It over-estimated by 992,301 cases.

"The Beatles? They're on the wane."
- The Duke of Edinburgh in Canada, 1965. They went on to produce a string of No 1s.

"The atom bomb will never go off - and I speak as an expert in explosives."
- U.S. Admiral William Leahy in 1945.

"All saved from Titanic after collision."
- New York Evening Sun, April 15 1912.

"Brain work will cause women to go bald."
- Berlin professor, 1914.

"Television won't matter in your lifetime or mine."
- Radio Times editor Rex Lambert, 1936.

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
- director of the US Patent Office, 1899.

"And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam."
- Newsweek magazine, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.



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