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13 Future Predictions That Were Incredibly Wrong

13 Future Predictions That Were Incredibly Wrong

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    Future predictions are a funny thing. Although some may seem ridiculous, or at the very least misguided, there’s always people who are pessimistic about seemingly impossible feats and changes. Here we have thirteen of the most incorrect future predictions ever made:

    1859

    “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”

    Associates of Edwin L. Drake refusing his suggestion to drill for oil.

    1873

    No surgeon will ever operate on the heart or brain: “The abdomen, the chest and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.”

    Sir John Eric Ericksen, British Surgeon.

    1878

    “When the Paris exhibition closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.”

    Erasmus Wilson, Oxford Professor. 

    1883

    “X-Rays will prove to be a hoax.”

    Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society.

    1888

    “It is not demonstrated that a true flying machine, self-raising, self-sustaining, self-propelling, is physical impossible?”

    Professor Joseph Le Conte, Popular Science Monthly.

    1903

    “The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is a novelty – a fad.”

    The President of The Michigan Savings Bank.

    1912

    “Titanic passengers all all rescued: giant new liner limping towards Halifax badly damaged.”

    Syracuse Herald.

    1919

    “Taking the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and converting him to a right-handed fielder is one of the dumbest things I ever heard.”

    Tris Speaker, Baseball Hall of Famer on Babe Ruth.

    1920

    “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.”

    The New York Times.

    1944

    “You better get secretarial work or get married.”

    Emmeline Snively, advising would-be model Marilyn Monroe.

    1948

    “Television won’t last. It’s just a flash in a pan.”

    Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts.

    1955

    “Rock n’ roll? It’ll be gone by June.”

    Variety Magazine. 

    2005

    “This website venture is the sort of failure that is simply unsurvivable.”

    Nikki Finke, LA Weekly.

    The Future That Never Happened: 13 Failed Predictions That Couldn’t Have Been More Wrong | Visual.ly, Hendrick’s and The Huffington Post

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

    1. Smart Door Locks

    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

    These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

    7. Google Chromecast Ultra

    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

    8. Canary

    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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