Over the years, some people have just been plain wrong.
And sure, we could have let them wither anonymously into the abyss.
But what fun would that be?
Instead, the Congressional Research Service in the 1960s blessed us with a wrongness Hall of Fame, immortalizing the faultiest of forecasts.
A selection of gems:
- 1904: An aviation naysayer said airplanes are “not to be thought of as commercial carriers.”
- 1860s: A Pennsylvania senator complained about Congress being asked to fund the Smithsonian Institution: “I am tired of all this thing called science here.”
- 1839: A French surgeon talked smack about the potential of anesthesia.
And yes, early anti-vaxxers are in there, too.
When it was merely an idea, no doubt some numbskull wrote in complaining that this sacred volume—“The Erroneous Predictions Multilith”—was a waste of money.
They would have been wrong, too.
The Washington Post