News digest The Week has launched an online Bad Opinion Generator.
Readers are invited to click through dozens of declamations that hindsight destroyed.
Six of the best:
“The trip from suburban home to office will require a few minutes only. A penny will pay the fare.”
Ladies’ Home Journal, “What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years,” 1900
“The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse.’ There is no evidence that people want to use these things.”
John C. Dvorak, technology writer for the San Francisco Examiner, 1984
“Two years from now, spam will be solved.”
Bill Gates, speaking at the World Economic Forum, 2004
“Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our extraordinarily gifted English artist, Mr. Rippingille.”
19th Century art critic John Hunt, date unknown
“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.”
Lord Kelvin, British physicist and engineer, 1899
“It doesn’t matter what he does he will never amount to anything.”
Albert Einstein’s teacher to his father, 1895
Many of these might equally be better described as bad predictions.
Speaking of which, earlier this year, Cracked prepared a long list of the “most hilarious predictions about the future”.
The full 26 are here, but these are the top three, from third to first:
See what’s inside the latest edition of the Listener.