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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

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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.

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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.



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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).

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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/