Buzz·Posted on 2 May 201326 Shockingly Bad PredictionsThese people looked into the future...and got it completely wrong.by Luke LewisBuzzFeed Executive Editor, UK FacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Rosemary Matthews / Getty Images Variety magazine, 1955. 2. Hulton Archive / Getty Images Charles Darwin, writing in the foreword to On the Origin of Species, 1859. 3. Getty Images Economist Irving Fisher in October 1929, three days before the stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression. 4. Hulton Archive / Getty Images A Decca Records executive to the band's manager, Brian Epstein, following an audition in 1962. He continued: "We don't like your boys' sound. Groups are out. Four-piece groups with guitars, particularly, are finished." 5. Via http://Shutterstock. Time magazine, 1968. 6. Spencer Arnold / Getty Images John Langdon-Davies, A Short History of the Future, 1936. 7. Hulton Archive / Getty Images Margaret Thatcher, Oct. 26, 1969. 8. Hulton Archive / Getty Images Guglielmo Marconi, pioneer of radio, writing in Technical World magazine, October 1912. 9. General Photographic Agency / Getty Images Kaiser Wilhelm II to German troops at the outset of World War One, August 1914. 10. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images Surgeon General of the United States William H. Stewart, speaking to the U.S. Congress in 1969. 11. Three Lions / Hulton Archive / Getty Images Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861. 12. Hulton Archive / Getty Images Dr. Dionysys Larder, science writer and academic, in 1828. 13. Robert Millikan, American physicist and Nobel Prize winner, 1923. 14. Getty Images New York Times, 1936. 15. Shutterstock Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, in InfoWorld magazine, December 1995. 16. Getty Images The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Company, 1903. 17. Fox Photos / Getty Images William Orton, president of Western Union, in 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell tried to sell the company his invention. 18. Keystone / Getty Images Charlie Chaplin in 1916, two years into his big-screen acting career. The rest of the quote: "It's canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage." 19. Topical Press Agency / Getty Images An aide to British military commander Field Marshal Haig wrote this in a report following a tank demonstration, 1916. 20. Hulton Archive / Getty Images Thomas Edison, 1889. The lightbulb inventor insisted his own direct current (DC) system was superior to competitor George Westinghouse's AC power, and took every opportunity to discredit alternating current. 21. Reg Speller/Fox Photos / Getty Images Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948. 22. Shutterstock Byte magazine editor Edmund DeJesus, 1998. 23. William B. Plowman / Getty Images Alan Sugar, 2005. 24. Popular Mechanics, 1949. 25. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images Sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling in The New York Times, 2007. 26. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2007.