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De humor van verkeerde voorspellingen, wetenschappelijke blunders. enz.
The humor off wrong predictions, scientific errors and so on.




Atoombom (atomic bomb)
Inventions
Radio
Ruimteschip (spaceship)
Stoomschepen (steamships)
Telefoon (telephone)
Uitvindingen
Vliegtuig (aeroplane)




Development of the atomic bomb

Adm. William Leahy told President Truman in 1945:
"That is the biggest fool thing we have ever done...The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives."

Source: Truman, Harry D. Memoirs, Vol I: Year of Decisions, Garden City, Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1955. p. 11.

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Ontwikkeling van de atoombom

Admiraal William Leahy vertelde in 1945 aan President Truman :
"De grootste stommiteit die we ooit hebben gedaan......De bom zal nooit afgaan, en ik zeg dit als een expert in explosieven

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Inventions (general)

Henry L. Ellsworth, U. S., Commissioner of Patents, said in 1844:
"...The advancement of the arts from year to year taxes our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when further improvements must end."

Source: Woods, Ralph L. Prophets Can be Right and Prophets Can be Wrong. American Legion Magazine, October 1966. p. 29

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Uitvindingen (algemeen)

Henry L. Ellsworth, U. S., Commissioner of Patents, zei in 1844:
"...De vooruitgang van de wetenschappen jaar in jaar uit belast onze lichtgelovigheid en lijkt een periode aan te kondigen waarin verdere verbeteringen ten einde geraken."

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Steamships

Proposal to apply steam power to ships (early 1800's.): Sir Joseph Banks, English explorer-naturalist and President of the British Royal Society, said:
"...a pretty plan; but there is just one point overlooked -- that the steam engine requires a firm basis on which to work!"

Source: Butler, R. R. Scientific Discovery. London, English Universities Press, Ltd., 1947. p. 68.

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Proposal to drive a steamboat by screw-propeller: Sir William Symonds, Surveyor of the British Navy, commented in 1837:
"...even if the propeller had the power of propelling a vessel, it would be found altogether useless in practice, because the power being applied in the stern it would be absolutely impossible to make the vessel steer."

Source: Church, William Conant. The Life of John Ericsson, New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. p. 90.

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Stoomboten

Voorstel om stoomvermogen te gebruiken voor schepen (begin 19e eeuw):
Sir Joseph Banks, een engelse (natuur) onderzoeker en President van de Britisch Royal Society, said:
"....een prachtig plan, maar er is één punt over het hooft gezien .... dat een stoommachine een stevige ondergrond nodig heeft om te kunnen werken !"

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Voorstel om een stoomboot aan te drijven door een schroef:
Sir William Symonds, Inspecteur bij de British Navy zei hierover in 1837:
"... zelfs al had de schroef de kracht om een schip voort te stuwen, zal blijken dat dit in de praktijk onbruikbaar is omdat de kracht die de schroef op de achtersteven uitoefend het schip absoluut onbestuurbaar maakt"

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Radio

Lee de Forest:
In 1913 Lee de Forest, inventor of the audion tube, which device makes radio broadcasting possible, was brought to trial on charges of fraudulently using the U. S. mails to sell the public stock in the Radio Telephone Company, a worthless enterprise. In the court proceedings, the District Attorney charged that:
"De Forest has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public...has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company..."

De Forest was acquitted, but the judge advised him :
"to get a common garden variety of job and stick to it."

Source: Archer, L. History of Radio. New York, American Historical Society, 1938. p. 110.

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Limited utility of radio
W. W. Dean, President of the Dean Telephone Company told Lee de Forest in 1907:
"...You could put in this room [his office], de Forest, all the radiotelephone apparatus that the country will ever need!"

Source: De Forest, Lee. Father of Radio, the Autobiography of Lee de Forest. Chicago, Wilcox and Follett Co., 1950. p. 232.

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Friends of Lee de Forest asked:
"Well, then of what possible use can your 'radiotelephone' be? It can't compare with the wire phone, you say, and it can't cover the distances that the wireless telegraph can cover. Then what the hell use is it anyway Lee?"

Source: De Forest Lee. Father of Radio, the Autobiography of Lee de Forest. Chicago, Wilcox and Follett Co., 1950. p. 227.

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Telephone

Did you now that in 1876 when G. G. Hubbard learned of his future son-in-law's invention, he called it "only a toy." This daughter was engaged to a young man named Alexander Graham Bell.

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Telefoon

Wist je dat toen G. G. Hubbard in 1876 hoorde van de uitvinding van zijn toekomstige schoonzoon, hij sprak van "alleen maar een stukje speelgoed."
Zijn dochter was verloofd met een jonge man genaam Alexander Graham Bell !!

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