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23rd Sep 2006, 16:17
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." - Lord Kelvin,
president, Royal Society, 1895.

"There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains
is more and more precise measurement" - Lord Kelvin.

"Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant,
if not utterly impossible." - Simon Newcomb, 1902.

"Space travel is bunk" -Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of
Britain, 1957, two weeks before the launch of Sputnik

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." - Pierre
Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.

"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, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria

"Such startling announcements as these should be deprecated as being
unworthy of science and mischievious to to its true progress" - Sir
William Siemens, 1880, on Edison's announcement of a sucessful light bulb.

"Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody
will use it, ever." - Thomas Edison, 1889

"It is apparent to me that the possibilities of the aeroplane, which two
or three years ago were thought to hold the solution to the [flying
machine] problem, have been exhausted, and that we must turn elsewhere."
- Thomas Edison, 1895

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." - Marechal
Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be
obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at
will." -- Albert Einstein, 1932.

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular
Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked
with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a
fad that won't last out the year." - The editor in charge of business
books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

"There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be
used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio
service inside the Unided States." -T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, 1961.

"But what... is it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing
Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken
Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates, 1981.


23rd Sep 2006, 16:42
"I bet people will fork out for a personal title without any encouragement." - Danny c1995

green granite
23rd Sep 2006, 17:04
The bumble bee is aerodynamically unsound and cannot fly .... RAE Farnbrough

Two's in
23rd Sep 2006, 19:38
"I did not have sex with that Woman" - Slick Willy 1996 (That's his Nickname not an accusation)

23rd Sep 2006, 19:49
"There are weapons of mass destruction - and we know where they are." - somebody else

23rd Sep 2006, 21:42
"The search function is your friend" :E

23rd Sep 2006, 22:10
Pilots will get a 30% pay rise.....um..some bugger in 1989.

24th Sep 2006, 00:57
"Start a fire? What bloody use would that be?" Unknown tribal elder, many, many thousands of years ago...

24th Sep 2006, 15:01
"They'll never hit us from that dist..." unknown General, WWI:E


24th Sep 2006, 15:50
"Scattered showers my f**king ass" - Noah.

24th Sep 2006, 16:38
"I'll actually get some work done today boss. I promise." - Jerricho :D

24th Sep 2006, 17:30
"They'll never hit us from that dist..." unknown General, WWI:E


General Custer, when he and his 200 cavalry were massacred at some Plain War.

The correct quote is

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."

24th Sep 2006, 17:40
"They'll never hit us from that dist..." unknown General, WWI:E

Places Pedant's hat on head:-

Not unknown. Quote was made by Major General John Sedgwick, who was a Union army officer in the American Civil War - killed by a sniper's bullet at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

The actual quote was "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..............." spoken to a soldier who had just ducked as a shot went past. To spoil the effect slightly, from reports at the time he actually got to finish the sentence before they got him.

Got to give credit where its due!!!

24th Sep 2006, 18:52
"This time it's different."

John Merriweather, founder of Long Term Capital Management, in 1997, one year before the Russians defaulted on their soveriegn debt causing the firm to lose over US$4.5 billion in a few months ~ provoking a global liquidity crisis ~ and close.

24th Sep 2006, 21:52
..to make a decent profit from.

5th Oct 2006, 06:06
each king in a deck of cards represents a famous king from history . . .

Spades - King David

Clubs - Alexander the Great

Hearts - Charlemagne

Diamonds - Julius Caesar

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Oct 2006, 06:44
Very nice, Orville. What's it supposed to do? - Wilbur Wright, 1902.

5th Oct 2006, 09:35
Education, education, education. Tony Blair - somewhen.

Nah, like, wot wos ee feckin on abaht dehn?

5th Oct 2006, 13:39
Response of a South American pilot to the Ground Proximity Alert in his 727, seconds before it flew into a mountainside killling all on board.

5th Oct 2006, 19:30
"Helicopters don't fly, they are just so ugly the earth repels them" - :}

5th Oct 2006, 19:39

5th Oct 2006, 21:52
Not that bad of a crosswind, look at the windsock.
(Besides that, this has been posted, oh about a 1000 times.)

5th Oct 2006, 21:57
I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned the work of Dr. Dionysius Lardner, an eminent scientist and philosopher of the mid 19th century and a contemporary of Brunel who said of the Box tunnel:-

'Because of the downhill gradient, any train whose brakes failed at the eastern end of the tunnel would hurtle out of the other end doing 100 m.p.h., at which speed the air would be sucked instantly from the lungs of the passengers, and they would all be dead on arrival at Bath'

Buster Hyman
5th Oct 2006, 22:16
"By 1990, no Australian child will be living in poverty!" - Bob Hawke :suspect:

6th Oct 2006, 11:43
"You'll never work again!" -- Allan Williams (John Lennon's first manager) to Lennon in 1961 after a fight with his client.

6th Oct 2006, 12:21
We're going to win 5-0.

Glenn McGrath just before the Ashes last year.

Gordon Fraser
6th Oct 2006, 14:07
Wilbur to Orville Wright, December 17 1903.
"The b***ers have lost your luggage!"

cessna l plate
9th Oct 2006, 09:25
The music industry has given us some great examples of this foot in mouth problem over the years.

Like the muppet who declared "guitar music is dead" when being offered the Beatles.

A couple of more modern examlpes are now judges on X factor

Simon Cowell - "Lose the fat dancer and you might get somewhere" Describing Robbie Williams when offered Take That

Loius Walsh - "You can't sing, can't dance and you have the wrong image" This was to Ronan Keating, who along with the rest of boyzone went away, changed their hairdo and went back 6 months later to be told "fantastic!!"

9th Oct 2006, 12:43
'There will never be a bigger plane built'.
Boeing engineer after the first flight of the 247. Capacity 10 people.

9th Oct 2006, 16:59
Think it was Union General John B Sedgwick at the battle of Spotsylvania in the US Civil War in 1861. The quote is:
"Why, they couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...":}