Nugget of Knowledge: Boy, were they wrong

A Microsoft CEO said the iPhone wouldn't catch on

Nugget of Knowledge

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Boy, were they wrong.

The following statements were made that were later found to be incorrect:

  • “There is not the slightest sign that we’ll ever have nuclear energy. It would mean splitting the atom.” — Albert Einstein
  • “These iron coaches replace horses on the battlefield? Never.” — A British officer talking about tanks in 1916
  • “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” — The New York Times, 1936
  • “The Americans might be able to use the telephone. We will not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” — The British Post Office, 1878
  • “The movies are little more than a passing fad. Audiences want to see flesh and blood performers on stage.” — Charlie Chaplin, 1916
  • “We can close the book now on infectious diseases.” — U.S. Surgeon General William Stewart, 1969
  • “It’ll be gone by June.” — Variety Magazine, early 1955 on this new music called Rock and Roll
  • “There is no chance that this new iPhone will get any significant market share.” — Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, 2007
  • “Earning $640,000 a year ought to be enough for anybody.” — Bill Gates, 1981

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