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           TRIVIA TODAY - Thursday, June 12, 2008 
       "Six Items a Day of Enduring Insignificance" 

Greetings Infomaniacs,

It's hard to imagine a world without computers, telephones, 
or automobiles being a part of our daily lives. However, it 
wasn't so long ago that these modern conveniences were
considered to be of little importance. You'll see what I 
mean when you read some of these past predictions that 
proved to be WAY off the mark. I guess these statements are 
proof that the only way to predict the future is to live it...


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                    TODAY'S MYSTERY QUOTE 

QUOTE: “Trying to predict the future is like trying to 
drive down a country road at night with no lights while 
looking out the back window.”

HINT: (1909-2005), American writer, considered the father 
of "modern management."


                        RANDOM TIDBITS 

The telephone was not widely appreciated for the first 15 
years because people did not see a use for it. In fact, in 
the British parliament it was mentioned there was no need 
for telephones because "we have enough messengers here." 
Western Union believed that it could never replace the 
telegraph. In 1876, an internal memo read: "This telephone 
has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a 
means of communication."


Irish scientist, Dr. Dionysius Lardner (1793 - 1859) didn't 
believe that trains could contribute much in speedy transport. 
He wrote: "Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because 
passengers ' would die of asphyxia' [suffocation]." 


In 1966, Time Magazine predicted, "By 2000, the machines 
will be producing so much that everyone in the U.S. will, 
in effect, be independently wealthy." In that year too 
CoCo Chanel said about miniskirts: "It's a bad joke that 
won't last. Not with winter coming."



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In the early 20th century a world market for only 4 million 
automobiles was made because "the world would run out of 
chauffeurs." Shortly after the end of World War II (1945), 
the whole of Volkswagen, factory and patents, was offered 
free to Henry Ford II. He dismissed the Volkswagen Beetle 
as a bad design. 


In 1894, the president of the Royal Society, William Thomson, 
Lord Kelvin, predicted that radio had no future. The first 
radio factory was opened five years later. Today, there are 
more than one billion radio sets in the world, tuned to more 
than 33 000 radio stations around the world. He also 
predicted that heavier-than-air flying machines were 
impossible. The Wright Brother's first flight covered a 
distance equal to only half the length of the wingspan of 
a Boeing 747.


In 1927, H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, asked, "Who the hell 
wants to hear actors talk?" In 1936, Radio Times editor Rex 
Lambert thought "Television won't matter in your lifetime 
or mine."



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                  *** Weekly Mind-Scrambler *** 

My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured,
Thin, I am quick,
Fat, I am slow,
Wind is my foe.

What am I?

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QUOTE: “Trying to predict the future is like trying to 
drive down a country road at night with no lights while 
looking out the back window.” 

ANSWER: Peter F. Drucker

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