Most Hilariously Bad Non-Technology Predictions

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I made the list 'Most Hilariously Wrong Technology Predictions' and my new list is a follow up that excludes technology predictions. There are plenty of hilariously inaccurate predictions outside technology.

The Top Ten

1 "Reagan doesn't have that presidential look." - United Artists executive, after rejecting Reagan as lead in the 1964 film The Best Man

So he didn't have "that presidential look" to play in a film but had it to become a real president! - Metal_Treasure

To be fair I kind of wish he had been right

2 "Rock N' Roll? It will be gone by June." - Variety magazine, 1955
3 "It will be years - not in my time - before a woman becomes Prime Minister."  - Margaret Thatcher, 1969

She became Prime Minister in 1979! (after only 10 years). - Metal_Treasure

4 "The Beatles have no future in show business. We don't like your boys' sound. Groups are out. Four-piece groups with guitars, particularly, are finished." - Decca Records executive, 1962

A Decca Records executive told this to the band's manager, Brian Epstein, after an audition - Metal_Treasure

5 "I see no good reason why the views given in this volume should shock the religious feelings of any one." - Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, 1859
6 "Democracy will be dead by 1950." - John Langdon-Davies, A Short History of the Future, 1936
7 “Dewey Defeats Truman.” - Chicago Daily Tribune, 1948 “Dewey Defeats Truman.” - Chicago Daily Tribune, 1948

Chicago Tribune were so sure that even reported that Thomas Dewey had defeated Harry Truman in the presidential election. Which was just a bad prediction.
There's an iconic photograph of newly reelected President Harry Truman holding up a Chicago Tribune that falsely declares “Dewey Defeats Truman.”
(I will add the image) - Metal_Treasure

8 “Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop.” - Time magazine, 1966 “Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop.” - Time magazine, 1966

This isn't actually the opinion of the magazine - they just summarized the opinions of some skeptical (unnamed) futurists about the future of shopping from home. The article is pro-technology. - Metal_Treasure

9 "And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam." - Newsweek, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.
10 "Inflation in the US at 20 Percent by 2009." - Peter Schiff, economist, 2008

He made this statement in October 2008 on CNN - Metal_Treasure

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1. "Reagan doesn't have that presidential look." - United Artists executive, after rejecting Reagan as lead in the 1964 film The Best Man
2. "Rock N' Roll? It will be gone by June." - Variety magazine, 1955
3. "It will be years - not in my time - before a woman becomes Prime Minister."  - Margaret Thatcher, 1969
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