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  • “It will be years —not in my time— before a woman will become Prime Minister.”
    —Margaret Thatcher, October 26th, 1969.

  • “That virus [HIV] is a pussycat.”
    —Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, 1988

  • “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”
    —Associates of Edwin L. Drake refusing his suggestion to drill for oil in 1859.

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

  • “Reagan doesn’t have that presidential look.”
    —United Artists Executive, rejecting Reagan as lead in 1964 film The Best Man.

  • “The singer [Mick Jagger] will have to go; the BBC won’t like him.”
    —- First Rolling Stones manager Eric Easton to his partner after watching them perform.

  • “Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.”
    —Dr Dionysys Larder (1793-1859)

  • “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”
    —Lord Kelvin, 1895.

  • “There will never be a bigger plane built.”
    —A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.

  • “Taking the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and converting him into a right fielder is one of the dumbest things I ever heard.”
    — Tris Speaker, baseball hall of famer, talking about Babe Ruth, 1919.

  • “Ours has been the first [expedition], and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.”
    —— Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861.

  • “If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.”
    —W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954.

  • “You better get secretarial work or get married.”
    —Emmeline Snively, advising would-be model Marilyn Monroe in 1944.

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