Twiddling Thumbs This Sunday

Just heard about the passing away of Mario Miranda – artist and cartoonist – RIP. Will anyone ever forget the buxom Miss Nimboopani?

Having a lazy Sunday and felt like sharing some brilliant un-quotable quotes by brilliant and famous people, sent to me by a friend. They must surely have ended up with a lot of egg on their faces:

“The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.” 
        – – Admiral William Leahy , US Atomic Bomb Project 

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers .”   — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 [Oddly enough it was IBM that also saw little use for what became the Xerox copy machine many decades later and refused to fund its development.]

This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us,” — Western Union internal memo, 1876. 

 “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” 
— David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s. 

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper,” —Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With The Wind.” 

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,” 
— Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy,” — Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented,” 

— Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899. 

“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value,” — Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre , France . 

“The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum tubes required.” — Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University 

“I don’t know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn’t be a feasible business by itself.” — the head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox. 

“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon,” — Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873. 

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977


2 Responses to Twiddling Thumbs This Sunday

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  2. Cherry says:

    flown over !!!!! regards Cherry

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