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16 Predictions Made By Incredibly Smart People That Were Insanely Wrong

Everyone likes to think that they’re smart. We all consider ourselves geniuses in our own right, and you very well might be one. Just as much as people love being seen as geniuses, however, we also hate being called out when we’re wrong. The ego can’t really take that hit.

Don’t feel bad about it, though, because some of the world’s greatest minds made bold predictions about the future that turned out to be utterly false.

1. “How, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under the deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

2. “Flying machines are impossible.” — Lord Kelvin

3. “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.” — Associates of David Sarnoff when he suggested investing in the radio in 1921

4. “The cinema is little more than a fad.” — Charlie Chaplin

5. “There is practically no chance that communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the Unites States.” — FCC Commissioner T. Craven

6. “When the Paris Exhibition closes, the electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.” — Oxford professor Erasmus Wilson

7. “Fooling around with an alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.” — Thomas Edison

8. “We will never make a 32-bit operating system.” — Bill Gates

9. “There will never be a bigger plane built.” — A Boeing engineer after building a plane that held 10 people

10. “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable.” — Albert Einstein

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11. “I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.” — H.G. Wells

12. “Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years.” — Alex Lewyt, President of Lewyt vacuum cleaner company

13. “Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not.” — Sir William Preece

14. “There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corp

15. “The energy produced by the breakdown of the atom is a very poor kind of thing.” — Ernest Rutherford

16. “A rocket will never be able to leave Earth’s atmosphere.” — The New York Times, 1936

(via Fooyoh)

See? You shouldn’t feel so bad if you were wrong about whatever you were wrong about. These geniuses were wrong about stuff, too! We are all idiots at certain points, so don’t worry.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wrong-predicitons/

Tell Us About Yourself(ie): Shad Moss

The star of CSI: Cyber takes our Q&A!

Brad Barket / Robin Marchant / / Getty. Chris RItter / BuzzFeed.

What’s the wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?

A picture of my daughter.

When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order?

Unopened bottled water.

What’s the one word you are guilty of using too often?

“Maaannnn”

What is the last thing you searched for on Google?

Looked up an address.

Who is the last person that called or texted you?

My mom.

What was the last awkward situation you were in and how did you handle it?

That’s a hard one, I can’t remember the last awkward situation I was in.

When is the last time you went to a theater?

Three days ago when I took my daughter to see a movie.

What TV show should everyone should be watching?

March 4th: CSI: CYBER.

And what is your TV guilty pleasure?

Netflix.

What’s the first CD you bought?

My own CD, Beware Of Dog.

What is the one food you cannot resist?

Anything Italian.

What music are you currently listening to?

Currently nothing.

What movie makes you laugh the most?

Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America.

What drives you absolutely crazy?

Clutter drives me crazy.

What was your first online screen name?

That’s definitely too far back for me to remember.

What’s your favorite emoji?

The peace sign emoji.

Pick one: Kittens or puppies?

Puppies.

New York or Los Angeles?

I would say both for different reasons.

Comedy or drama?

Comedy.

Bacon or Nutella?

Neither.

Coffee or tea?

Only hot tea if it’s for my throat while performing.

’80s or ’90s?

’90s.

Britney or Christina?

I have to say Christina because I’ve worked with her.

NSYNC or BSB?

NSYNC

Hannah Montana or Lizzie McGuire?

Hillary Duff and I did a Teen People cover together have to go with Lizzie McGuire.

And finally: tell us a secret.

It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you.

Catch Shad on CSI: Cyber — premiering tomorrow, March 4th, at 10/9c on CBS.



Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/tell-us-about-yourselfie-shad-moss

These Cats Can Fit Into Just About Anything. It’s Like They’re Mr. Fantastic!

Cat lovers know that you can find your cat in just about any space imaginable. Cat ownership can be exciting and fun for that very reason. Did you think that your cat could fit into a vase? No? Well, guess what… it can!

The places these cats crawled into make me question the basic laws of physics. Are cats actually liquids??

1.) Just to fluff your hands.

2.) Bury your head.

3.) Take only one.

4.) Look what the trash dragged in.

5.) Anyone want some cat burgers?

6.) 2 cats, one jar.

7.) How does a spine do that?!

8.) That actually is pretty close.

9.) I hope this is how the bought their cat/water from the store.

10.) Cat milk!

11.) That’s either a small cat or a large bowl.

12.) The light of my life.

13.) Guess how many kittens are in this jar!

14.) At least he can move around in there.

15.) He just wanted to put the blinds down.

16.) It’s a calico wine from the meow-meow region.

17.) His punishment for illegally downloading music.

18.) Looks like it fell asleep in there.

19.) Those eyes! THOSE EYES!

20.) Purrrrfect amount of space.

21.) Oh honey no, you’re not a hamster.

22.) A decorative centerpiece.

23.) The best part of waking up, is kittens in your cup!

24.) I thought you said you needed paper towels?

25.) How do you even get out of this?

26.) Special delivery!

   

The Ultimate Cat Fails Compilation by worldwideinterweb

I don’t know how anything can fit in those spaces, let alone a living breathing thing. Cats are incredible. They’re basically superheroes (possibly supervillains).

Read more: http://viralnova.com/cats-tight-spaces/

More Than 2,000 People Just Came Together To Sing The ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus

During a recent performance by a famous church choir, something happened that left the Internet buzzing. While the choir’s traditional renditions of beloved songs are incredible, the singers decided to do something a little bit different this time.

The beginning looks like any other performance, but watch what happens about a minute in. It really is a testament to the power of music.

Technology sometimes creates distance between people, but in cases like this, it helps thousands of voices come together in the most moving way.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/hallelujah/

Obama: Romney says shop around if worried about college cost; Citizens: Duh

http://twitter.com/#!/BarackObama/status/238022808498753536

What a monster! Comparison shopping and living within one’s means? Cue the evil music!

President Obama once again proves that math is hard, to him. As is reality. Man of the people? That’s impossible when one is so very far out of touch in an Ivory tower. Last night, his official Twitter account actually tried to slam Romney for suggesting that people shop around, if worried about college costs.

Then what happened? RT @BarackObama: FACT: Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs.

— Chris Moody (@moody) August 22, 2012

What happened is that citizens quickly pointed out the idiocy of trying to slam Romney for the crime of using common sense and smart thinking. The president’s pitiful desperation, it burns.

Most people do, BoRT @BarackObama: FACT: Mitt Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs.

— Janice (@janliel) August 22, 2012

And? RT @BarackObama: FACT: Mitt Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs.

— Kristen Faiola (@KristenHawley) August 22, 2012

wouldn't that lower costs? RT @BarackObama Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs

— Chris (@ChrisMears00) August 22, 2012

@KristenHawley @BarackObama Mr President if you cannot figure out what shop around means I can't help you. It meant find a place inexpensive

— StephanienraJaniczek (@SMjaniczek) August 22, 2012

@KristenHawley He is such an idiot. Truly….what a moron!

— StephanienraJaniczek (@SMjaniczek) August 22, 2012

Math, so hard.

Math? Psh. MT @BarackObama FACT: Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher ed costs.

— Megan Ritter (@MeganRitter) August 22, 2012

Kind and patient citizens try to explain to President Obama that shopping around is good advice.

@BarackObama Students should shop around IMHO.

— Charles J Gervasi (@cgervasi) August 22, 2012

Sounds like good advice RT @BarackObama: Mitt Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs.

— Bobby Stephenson (@BobbyStephenson) August 22, 2012

@BarackObama You mean like you shop for food or clothing or a dentist? The horror! Next he'll say people should wear clothes in the cold!

— Perry E. Metzger (@perrymetzger) August 22, 2012

@BarackObama Are you an elitist idiot or what? Don't you usually shop around on mist major purchases? You're desperation is showing, moron.

— NOVA Dude (@bahrbarian52) August 22, 2012

@BarackObama I shop around for lots of things. You ONLY shop with your big donors. I can't wait until Nov to vote for Romney.

— Sirnapsalot (@Sir_napsalot) August 22, 2012

Man of the fancy pants people!

Which is what I did #NoStudentDebt MT @BarackObama Mitt said students should “shop around” if they're worried about higher education costs

— #republicanguyprobs (@repubguyprobs) August 22, 2012

@BarackObama Fact – 10-fold increase in cost of college education because govt money means people don't shop around. BTW who paid for yours?

— Calvin Dodge (@caldodge) August 22, 2012

Yes. Sound advice. RT @BarackObama: FACT: Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs.

— Geoff Burr (@GeoffBurr) August 22, 2012

Do you have a CLUE how life works?? @BarackObama Romney said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs

— Hugh Murphy (@UncleMurf) August 22, 2012

Um…duh? RT @BarackObama FACT: Mitt Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) August 22, 2012

Duh, Capitalism RT @BarackObama: FACT: Mitt Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs.

— Bill (@DefendWallSt) August 21, 2012

FACT: not all same price MT @BarackObama: FACT: Romney said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher education costs

— Rachel (@esqcapades) August 22, 2012

Oh, snap! Using President Obama’s pathetic “FACT” stuff against him is a nice touch!

https://twitter.com/TheRinaO/status/238078539470102529

Nah, massive debt FTW! RT @BarackObama: FACT: Mitt Romney has said students should “shop around” if they’re worried about higher ed. costs.

— Wes (@FTWes) August 22, 2012

Exactly. Twitter user Kevin Eder sums it up.

I guess the concept of 'shopping around' is foreign to you when you believe the government should run everything. Right @BarackObama?

— Kevin Eder (@keder) August 22, 2012

Can anyone on the @Obama2012 campaign tell me why students shouldn't shop around for more affordable education? #Obama2012

— Kevin Eder (@keder) August 22, 2012

God forbid Obama even pretend to know anything about how markets work. Is that how this works @Obama2012? #Obama2012

— Kevin Eder (@keder) August 22, 2012

"What, you mean people should actually seek value for their money by shopping around? That's not how *I* run government.' – Obama

— Kevin Eder (@keder) August 22, 2012

Obama doesn't want young people shopping around, but he does want taxpayers to fund birth control so they can sleep around.

— Kevin Eder (@keder) August 22, 2012

Don't mind me, I'm just shopping around for a president who knows something about anything. @BarackObama

— Kevin Eder (@keder) August 22, 2012

Heh. Indeed. We can finally ring up that sale at the cash register called a voting booth in November.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/22/clueless-obama-romney-says-shop-around-if-worried-about-college-costs-citizens-um-yes/

Watch These Girls Totally Rock Out On Their Ukuleles!

In the music world, the ukulele is a member of the lute family, and it’s a staple of Hawaiian cultural music. The instrument was introduced to Hawaiians by Portuguese explorers, and they immediately took a liking to it.

These talented musicians show off the beauty of ukulele music in all its awesome glory.

That’s definitely way cooler than the vast majority of ukulele videos floating around online! These two are amazing, and watching musicians play is always better when you know that they’re having a blast.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/ukulele-jams/

The Best And Worst Of Music Festival Attendees.

There’s nothing more fun than a summer music festival. You get to spend a lot of money, stand around in the heat all day in a smelly sea made up of thousands of intoxicated people, spend even more money, and see some your favorite bands perform live (though probably just a couple that you’ve heard of). In all seriousness, they really can be fun to go to, but whether or not you enjoy a music festival relies heavily on other people–and no, they’re not the band members. The people who can make or break your having a good time at a music festival are your fellow attendees. Take a look at some of the best and worst of them! WORST:

1. It’s called a shirt, buddy, and they cost way too much at the merch tables.

2. No, I do not want to become muddy buddies.

3. The Titanic sinks and this gets to happen? Talk about unfair.

4. Someone really has to do something about those shirt prices.

5. Come.

6. On.

7. People.

8. At least he’s not wearing a Native American headdress?

9. What? Were the Pokey costumes sold out?

10. Get a room! Preferably one that isn’t a port-a-potty. The lines are long enough as it is.

11. Want to promote peace? Stop blocking everyone’s view.

12. “So this is MAH LIFE?!”

13. Okay, the previous PDA doesn’t seem so bad now.

14. I don’t think that’s the kind of shocking he was going for.

15. “Dad?”

16. That’s a lot of effort to put into making sure no one stands next to you.

17. “I don’t know, she seems pretty cool to me.” – a tree

18. There’s no way that baby could name three Dirty Projectors songs. They can barely even say “Mama.”

19. I don’t know what he keeps in that fanny pack and I don’t want to find out.

20. “WE WANT KHLOE! WE WANT KHLOE!”

BEST: N/A Now that you know who to approach and who to avoid at a music festival, all you need is hundreds of dollars to spend on a ticket. You could get a job, but you might be better off starting a band and hoping to get booked. Share this post using the button below.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/best-and-worst-of-music-fest/

She Was Sleeping Quietly In The Back Seat…And Then The Music Came On!

There’s nothing that this adorable trio of sisters enjoys more than dancing in the car. Every time their favorite song plays over the speakers, they simply drop everything and dance the day away…even if they’re asleep.

But what on Earth could provoke such a response? It’s not what you’d expect — not Sesame Street, or that that song from Frozen. Instead, it’s the theme song from one of the most popular movies of the ’80s.

Who knew that an Eddie Murphy movie could have such a positive effect on toddlers?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/sleep-dancing/

Differences Between Music Genres

Read more: http://www.ifunny.com//pictures/differences-between-music-genres-explained/

Young Music Student Living At A Retirement Home Brings Joy To Her Neighbors.

There are about 100 senior residents living at the Judson Manor retirement community in Cleveland, but they aren’t the only ones who call the retirement community home.

24-year-old music student Marissa Plank lives there, too. As part of an “Artist-in-Residence program” she gets to live there rent free, allowing her to focus on her studies and making some very beautiful music all while entertaining the residents. Not only does she call them neighbors, but also her dear friends.

(source: CBS Sunday Morning)

What an innovative program, it would be nice if this became much more prevalent.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/retirement-home-music/