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Wright Brothers - Wrong Prediction
"Man will not be able to fly for at least another 50 years"
--Wright Brothers, c. 1900
Three years later, they proved themselves wrong...
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Dreyfuss writes:
Of course, there is the possibility that the statement was "politically" motivated. History tends to paint the Wright Bros. as simple bicycle builders, tinkering away on their own, with little contact with the outside world. In fact, they were in a race against several groups around the world to become the first persons to achieve powered flight. So it's possible that the statement was made in the vein of "disinformation", with the desire to make their competitors think they'd given up, or that it was too difficult to achieve. Without knowing the full context of the statement, it's hard to figure out what might have been going on in his mind when he said it.
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Dangerwulf writes:
Actually, the Wright Brother's father said this, rather than the Wright Brothers themselves.
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Meg writes:
Once again, this really can't be constituted as a slip-up because it was just a prediction. He couldn't have known at the time of his quote that flying would be possible.
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Zanthor writes:
And it wasn't one year later, it was 1903.
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Paranoid writes:
Hey Nate, this is a slipups website! They're supposed to put human errors on.
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Anyone writes:
The c. in the date means circa (about that time). I put it there because I was not sure of when they said it.
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NatedaGreat writes:
Man, give them a break. They were human, and people make mistakes. Besides, do you think that they are some kind of seer that knows what's gonna happen in the future...???
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Roxana writes:
it was 1903
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AnimeAngel writes:
Awwww.... they can't help that. You should be happy you have the right to fly thanks to them. Geez, they thought that b/c it was so hard for them to build a good "flying machine" it would take ages to make one. You know how when you are frustrated doing something, like surfing the web and it takes forever for a site to load, and you say something like, "this'll take ages,"? well, that's what they were getting at.
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zoso dude writes:
This would only be a slip-up if they could predict the future. I can predict the future. I predict that Ozzy will continue biting the heads off of small animals.
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Anyone writes:
Yes, it began in 1929. The guy who said it would end next year said it in 1932, and the next year (1933) is the worst year of the Depression.
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Youradherecostslessthanyouthink writes:
What they meant was of course: without a device. So yes, if I go out to the car park, running with arms stretched out, man still can't fly...
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mee-moo of lms writes:
I thought the depression began in 1929; October 29, 1929 the day the stock market crashed? But I could be wrong...
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joe writes:
The Wright brothers (Wilbur & Orville) during the first flight, which took place on December 17, 1903 at 10:35 a.m. the aircraft "Flyer" traveled one hundred twenty feet in twelve seconds. Piloted by Orville, the younger brother.
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DarkBunnyofInle writes:
That's like the one guy (I don't remember his name) who said in 1928 that next year would be the end of the Depression, when in actuality 1929 turned out to be the worst year of the Depression.
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