Sunday, June 7, 2015

SUNDAY FUNNIES: HUH? (misquotes)

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
Plato is quoted as saying, "Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools speak because they have to say something."
While going over my vast collection of celebrity quotes that I have yet to use, I came across a few that, while not intentionally wrong, certainly turned out that way.
So I would like to share a few of those with you, and as usual, my comments appear afterward.

Sarnoff on Time
"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 urging investment in the radio in the 1920s.
Sarnoff was the leader of RCA until the 1970s. Can you just imagine the arguments he had with his board of directors over the advent of television if they were that short sighted about the radio?

"And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam."
NEWSWEEK, predicting popular holiday spots for the late 1960s.
Well, any soldier from around that time can tell you the country had some interesting jungles, but there was this war, and things just didn't work out as predicted.

"Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop - because people like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds."
TIME, from a 1966 article writing off e-commerce long before anyone had ever heard of it.
I understand the principle of not wanting to buy anything sight unseen, and you have to give TIME credit for predicting online shopping before even the Internet was invented, but I'll bet E-Bay and Amazon are crushed after hearing this.

"Any time the Detroit Pistons score more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points, they almost always win."
Doug Collins, current basketball commentator and former player.
Well, the theory is certainly sound.

And on that note, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt to please be back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies.
If the creek don't rise or something else don't happen between now and then.

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