People say a lot of stupid stuff. And we judge them for it. But every now and then, over time, enough evidence emerges to prove us all wrong and redeem even the wildest statements.

Interested in these cases, Redditor TheCheeryStranger recently asked other platform users, "What 'crazy' person in history was right the whole time?" and everyone immediately started sending in their answers.

From Ernest Hemingway talking about the FBI tailing him to Galileo Galilei being trialed by the Church for his heretic claim that the Earth revolves around the sun, here are some of the most interesting ones.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Clair Patterson-he was made out to be crazy by giant oil companies bc he tested ice cores in the Arctic and figured out that the amount of lead in the atmosphere, the water, and our bodies was extremely high and caused by leaded gasoline. He petitioned Congress for years to make it illegal to add lead to gasoline, but the corporations kept getting him shut down because they used lead as an anti-knock agent for internal combustion engines. Ironically, lead was causing everyone else to go crazy because it is shaped like a neurotransmitter and blocks receptors causing insanity, similarly to what mercury does, and many employees of the oil companies had gone mad. After decades of battling the oil companies, he finally got his way and lead was removed from gasoline. Since then, the amount of lead in the atmosphere and I’m living things has decreased dramatically. Clair Patterson… a f**king hero.

He also created the first truly “clean room.”

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Mtownmick
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1 month ago

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Sinead O’Connor - she was vilified for ripping up a photo of the pope to protest child abuse within the Catholic Church. Spoiler alert - the Catholic Church was covering up child abuse.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

and still does nothing !! the very first cases are mentioned in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers in the 4th century.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Stanislav Petrov. Though we don't see him as crazy, I'm sure his crewmates thought he was. He directly disobeyed Soviet military protocols and prevented a nuclear war.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

he was a lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces who played a key role in the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident. he was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile had been launched from the United States, followed by up to five more. Petrov judged the reports to be a false alarm. an investigation later confirmed that the Soviet satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Rose McGowan was completely ostracized and blacklisted for talking about Weinstein too early.

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

That took a lot of guts to talk about that pos.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Tesla. Edison is still credited with the lightbulb. His last words put it into perspective "All these years that I had spent in the service of mankind brought me nothing but insults and humiliation"

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1 month ago (edited)

This picture 😂. Hellllloooooooo ladies.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along The inventor of dialysis, Dr. Willem Kolff. Although it's hard to blame them, haha. He saw people dying of kidney disease and said "Hey, what if we take all of the blood out of your body, clean it, and put it back in?" (Cleaning your blood is the job of your kidneys, and a dialysis machine is basically an artificial kidney, on the *outside* of your body.) It was a wild idea and he started his work during WWII and had to work with basic materials like orange juice cans, sausage skins, and a washing machine. Many of the first patients died, but they were already going to die painfully. Eventually, he ironed the kinks out and started saving lives.

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Hawkmoon
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1 month ago

And now, many people, without hesitation, directly believe any dumb influencer who tells them to drink a detox drink because that's "useful and beneficial for your health". Strange world.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Lisa Bonet. She was vilified for hating Cosby in the 80s. Who’s the villain now?

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Lorrie Rothstein
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1 month ago

He didnt like when she was naked in a movie. He had her character denise leave diffrent world because she was pregnabt in real life

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#8

Corey Feldman talking about child sex abuse in Hollywood.

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Ewelina Rydzewska
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1 month ago

Poor Corey😞

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along John Yudkin. The single scientist who didn't believe the sugar industry's research that demonized fats. Till his death he's adamant that fats weren't the cause of obesity and heart attacks.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago (edited)

he was also an advocate for affordable treatments for people with diabetes ... here is an article by Harvard Health Publishing proving how dangerous sugar is : diabetes / cancer / heart diseases. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugar ... and that's why food legislation is a matter of public health in civilized countries who really care about their citizens. a soda in the US for example contains 35% more sugar than the same one in Europe ... Bread 6 times more !! it couldn't even be legally called bread in the EU ... according to official data from the CDC in the US 34.1 million adults aged 18 years or older, or 13% of all US adults. In 2019, diabetes was mentioned as a cause of death in a total of 282,801 certificates.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along There was a wacko looking guy on Oprah who stopped his vanilla presentation to tell the audience that plastic causes cancer, stop using it to store food and water.

Oprah cut to commercial and whisked him off the show.

Dude was right. BPAs were outed that day, but it took another decade for that info to become public knowledge.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

BPA stands for bisphenol A. it is one of the 1500 chemical components banned or highly restricted in Europe but not in the US ... https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en/press/pressinformation/eu-identifies-bisphenol-a-as-a-substance-of-very

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Will Rogers a humorist when he invented the term "trickle-down" economics as a joke stating that this type of economy would just make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

And then we actually implemented it and used the term trickle-down. And Will Rogers was right.

The rent has gone though the roof and our salaries have stagnated and we can't afford "The American Dream" anymore.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is worth $2 less today than it was in 1968 when adjusted for inflation.

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#12

30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Hemingway talked about the FBI following him prior to his suicide. They thought he was paranoid. Decades later some papers get released, turns out the FBI was following him.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

Hemingway was aware of his long surveillance by J Edgar Hoover's FBI, who were suspicious of his links with Cuba.https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/jul/03/fbi-and-ernest-hemingway

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#13

Rutherford B Hayes. Not necessarily viewed as crazy, but largely viewed as a bad or useless president.

"This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations."

Said that in the late 1800's.

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Leo Domitrix
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1 month ago

He was POTUS 1876-81, after a very nasty election (think: the 2016 of its day). The qoute can be found in "The Diary & Letters" of same, published in the edition I've seen in 1920-something.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along During the plague in Moscow there was a priest (or something) DIScouraging people kissing the statue of Maria, as to stop the spreading of the virus.

The poor man was burned alive for blasphemy.

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Bernd Herbert
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1 month ago

Aww, the good old times where the church had much more power and religious beliefs were more common than nowadays.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Giordano Bruno was (probably) the first European who proposed the possibility that not only was the universe infinite, but stars were not just points of light in the sky; they could be suns with their own planets, and that some of those planets might even host life.

The Catholic Church had him tried for Heresy and had him burned at the stake and his contemporaries though he was completely insane. He had some kooky ideas, but he was absolutely right about the size of the universe and stars being suns with their own planets.

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Catherine Côté
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1 month ago

But we don't talk about him (Bruno) 😂

Sheldon Yee
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Zero
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1 month ago

Dude was fascinating in that he had advanced views on a lot of different subjects - how memory works, multiverse theory, other planets & alien life, etc. But it wasn't his views on space/stars that got him in trouble with The Church, though they did contribute. He was a friar and was teaching reincarnation, that Jesus was a lying liar about the Trinity, that other planets had life independent of Christianity, and that people shouldn't be afraid of heaven or hell. He was also hugely arrogant and gruff, which doesn't go over well with authority figures.

Judith Agogliati
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1 month ago

But he spoke the truth.

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jevais
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1 month ago

Strange that a so called Christian church has murdered so many that didn't think like them. The Bible says thou shall not kill.

Robert Kuntz
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1 month ago

Thou shall not suffer a witch to live. One of many place in Exodus, and Old Testament where killing was the prescribed method of elimination.

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Tamra Stiffler
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1 month ago

Catholic church strikes again.

Featherytoad
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1 month ago

I'm so embarrassed to have been brought up Catholic

phil blanque
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1 month ago

Ahh...again the Catholic church.

shodokai
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1 month ago

From what I read and have experienced, Giordano had an out of body experience that prompted his revelations and insights. Catholics murdered him for making them feel uncomfortable.

Phillip Shepard
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1 month ago

They also forced Galileo to "recant" about is theories about the universe under threat of death. It took the church 600 years to "rehabilitate" him and admit they were wrong. Same thing with genetics and evolution. There are fundamentalists who still teach that the earth is mere 6000 years old and that genetics and evolution are not true. Totally anti-science.

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Eat Dirt Crow
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1 month ago

I once saw an interview with Ricky Gervais asking why he had "faith" in science and not god. His answer came down to something like if you took all the science books and all the religious texts and destroyed all of them in 1000 years the information from the science books will be the same as it is now and the religious texts won't.

Colin Leamon
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1 month ago

Burned at the stake - recant! I mean, recant!

Malwin Wellham
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1 month ago

He also denied Trinity.

Adrienne Mcginley
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1 month ago

Why isn't he taught in history class?

BasedWang12
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1 month ago

another person probably labeled crazy is the young man obsessed with Bruno and "disappeared" leaving his room as basically a cryptic puzzle... It was pretty much PR for his book, but still interesting. https://nypost.com/2017/04/05/student-obsessed-with-aliens-vanishes-leaving-behind-books-written-in-code/

gg Gc
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1 month ago

religion dangerous

Rikki Weber
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1 month ago

The Catholic Church, once again. It's time people woke up!

Andy Hinds
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1 month ago

Another story involving science and that oh, so wonderful Catholic church.

Richard Hannesson
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1 month ago

the church needs to be ignored

Sue Sanders
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1 month ago

The Catholic Church would do something that horrible?? Why, I'm shocked!! Please bring me a glass of non-blood wine.

MAKtheknife
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1 month ago

Yea! The Catholic church steps in again and destroys intelligence.

Martha B. Higgins
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1 month ago

The "church" strikes again.

Mike Weber
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1 month ago

😲

Valter
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1 month ago

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Janet Graham
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1 month ago

So many of the great minds stayed silent about their beliefs so that they could complete their analysis and have their beliefs survive them.

Leonel Silva Rocha
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1 month ago

...his contemporaries THOUGHT...

Mickie Shea
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1 month ago

Let us kneel to the wisdom and creepiness of the every wrong Catholic church.

Ruth Fichter
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1 month ago

Imagine, condemned and burned for Giving the Creator credit for an even MORE wondrous creation.

Francie Traschen
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1 month ago

Christianity is one of the plagues on society.

Ron Man
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1 month ago

That is absolutely NOT what Bruno believed or espoused. He also wasn't the first European to have those ideas. Bruno was insane.

Bassa
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1 month ago

This one is completely false. Bruno wasn't even close to being the first to share this idea, see for example BISSHOP Nicolas of Cussa in 1500, who discussed this same idea, in the church, without as much as a piece of kindling getting involved, by the late 16th century, heliocentrism and infinite universe were both very popular topics for scholarly debate. Bruno was burned for preaching heretical views on the holy trinity, the nature of the soul and judgment day. Maybe if you're such a bored panda, learn to do some fact checking.

Jazz
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1 month ago

Bruno was not burned at the stake for his views on the universe, etc, he was burned because he demanded that all the profits gained by monasteries should be confiscated by the state

Mark Johansen
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1 month ago

Modern astronomers do not believe that the universe is infinite. See "Hubble limit".

Eagle Girl
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1 month ago

and this is why I follow faith not religion. Very 1st chapter of the bible states there was infinite space before creation. Men and their power trips playing G-d

LSR
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1 month ago

Shove your stupid imbecile beliefs up your a*s, ignorant cuint.

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Davo gifman
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1 month ago

Giordano Bruno: Born 1548 Died 17 of February 1600

Frank Ropen
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1 month ago

But the universe isn't infinite.

Xan Maranya
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1 month ago

How do you know?

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Daniel Marsh
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1 month ago (edited)

No, Bruno was a lunatic. A stark-raving mad, anti-reason, anti-science whackadoodle nut job. Yes, he was correct about what planets and stars were. (So were others at the time.) But he had a billion other completely ideas so silly that the History Channel would laugh at him. He was denied protection by the Church because of his heresy, but he was burned at the stake by secular authorities on the charge of sedition.

Xan Maranya
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Your view demonstrates what this thread is really about.... not so much the specific people mentioned, but assumptions that someone's ideas are wrong and bad simply because they are contrary to popular beliefs.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Craig Ferguson having empathy for Britney Spears in his 2007 monologue.

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Caro Caro
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Free Britney! Hooray, now she can get on with her life.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Remember the government accountant in George W Bush’s presidency who said the war in Afghanistan would cost a billion dollars a month and he was fired? Well, he was right. It was 300 million dollars per day for 20 years.

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Stephen Leifer
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1 month ago (edited)

At least former Halliburton CEO, Cheney, got his company no-bid contracts to help rebuild Iraq.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Anyone who covered their webcam camera.

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Xottel
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1 month ago

Which is weird because never have I witnessed anyone cover their phone camera.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Heinrich Schliemann. He 100% believed that ancient Troy had really existed. So he armed himself with a copy of the Iliad, and actually managed to find and excavate the city. He'd told everyone and their sister that Troy was a real place for 40 years before he found it, and everyone thought he was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Not so much, it turns out.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

He ruined half of it in the excavation process... :(

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Martha Mitchell.. She was like part of the reason why it was discovered that Nixon was involved in Watergate. Her husband was part of the Nixon group so she got some inside details. When she wanted to tell the news about the whole scandal, her husband and Nixon men put her in a hotel and restrained her from having any contact with anyone. She was seen as an insane person her husband and Nixon's men even managed to convince the psychiatrists that she was out of her mind.

Actually there's a phenomenon in psychology which was named after her a.k.a the Martha Mitchell Effect

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K D
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From Wikipedia: “The Martha Mitchell effect refers to the process by which a psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health clinician, or other medical professional labels a patient's accurate perception of real events as delusional, resulting in misdiagnosis.”

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Charles Darwin. The religious outcry against evolution was engineered by his academic rivals more than from religious resistance. But even now, after all that politics is centuries dead, there remain people who categorically resist demonstrable fact because of it.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

Based on data from the National Survey of High School Biology teachers, the authors of a study estimate that only 28% of all biology teachers in the US consistently teach evolutionary biology, while 13% explicitly advocate creationism or intelligent design ...

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Galileo - he believed the Earth and other planets orbited the Sun, contrary to popular belief that all stars and planets orbited Earth. The Catholic Church called it heresy, and ordered him to turn himself in to the Holy Office to begin a trial for his beliefs.

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Stephen Leifer
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1 month ago (edited)

Galileo knew to tread lightly. His colleague, Giordano Bruno, was executed via burning at the stake for believing in heliocentricity.

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Rachel Caron found that DDT was weakening the shells of bird eggs and contributing to the decline in the bald eagle population. She faced quite a bit of backlash from publishing her book "Silent Spring" detailing her research on the topic.

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Jane Martin
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1 month ago

Rachel Carson - guessing Caron is just a typo

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Eisenhower. Re: The military–industrial complex

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

He also said in his Chance for Peace speech on April 16, 1953 : "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants...It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals...We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people."

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Carrie Nation of the Temperance/Prohibition movement

She has been ridiculed and lambasted by history as a kooky, prudish anti-alcohol crusader. But she was actually a diligent progressive activist working through a proto-social justice lens.

Her beef wasn't with alcohol, but rather with distilleries and suppliers flooding small towns with enormous quantities of cheap, low-quality liquor with the explicit intent of turning emotionally devastated WWI veterans into drunkards for profit. (The knock-on effects of that campaign included rampant domestic violence and poverty.)

Gal was working to uplift the most vulnerable people and is only remembered for making a show of smashing bottles.

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Stephanie A Mutti
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Anyone who publicly tries to uplift the vulnerable will be made a mockery by the powerful; it's not within their agenda to share power.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along All the people that said the NSA/CIA was spying on us for years.
Thanks to edward Snowden we now know that was true and it was so much so that the NSA had built back doors in pretty much every single electronic device that exsists all the way down to the network switch level on cisco switches and the internet backbone through AT&T network hubs. The fact that there wasnt mass revolt after that information was released kinda blew my mind.

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Got Myself 4 Pandas
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1 month ago

I'm likely in a minority but I really don't give any f***s if people want to waste time listening into my daily life/phone/emails etc - all they're going to get is me talking c**p with mates, my husband and my kids, meme wars that go on for months at a time, the insane number of cake decorating videos I watch and my true crime obsession. I don't see some government employed person bored oot their tits seeing the drivel people talk as an invasion of privacy - and if snooping on folks interactions prevents some big disaster like the twin towers then I think it's worth it. And I kinda like the fact I'll mention wanting a new mattress and then getting every ad directed towards mattresses, it reminds me to look for them when I'd likely otherwise forget as my brain is like Swiss cheese

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Boltzman spend his life trying to prove his formula but ended up commiting suicide because none of his collegues believed him. Now, his formula is basically the 'amen' in thermodynamics.

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Felice Coles
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1 month ago

Did his colleagues take credit for it?

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Morgan Robertson.

In 1898 he published a story about a ship named the Titan, a fictional ship, that sinks after hitting an iceberg. Allegedly (and I can’t find any proof of this) it was initially dismissed for being too outlandish.

14 years later, the Titanic sinks in an eerily similar fashion. Robertson dismissed all claims of being psychic, and was just familiar with ships of the time and their flaws.

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Alias Delfs
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1 month ago

Not a psychic, you sure?

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along I don't know that guy's name but he basically from 1541-1542 travelled accross south america. The first european to do so. While he was on his journey he said he saw millions of people and large cities , with a lot of life in them , where today is the amazon rainforest.After he had finished his journey he had told the stories of those cities and about a hundred years later when explorers visited the place there was nothing , no cities , no people , just jungle. So they thought he had made all that up. But modern technology has shown that there might have accually been a lot of cities there , and that those people died out with smallpox and all cities were covered by the jungle within the course of 50 years. So basically people thought he was crazy and made everything up but in modern times its proven that he was right all along.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

not totally acurate ... i believe it is Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led a large expedition from what is now Mexico to present-day Kansas through parts of the southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542. Vázquez de Coronado had hoped to reach the Cities of Cíbola, often referred to now as the mythical Seven Cities of Gold.

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30 “Crazy” People Who Were Proven To Be Right All Along Dr. Atkins.

When his first book 'The New Diet Revolution' came out, he was mocked and ridiculed for thinking that refined sugars, flour, and starch caused the glycemic index to skyrocket which led to your body storing fat. When he died people thought he died from his own diet.

Keto-acidosis and how you can lose weight by reducing your glycemic index was largely his research.

It was later stolen and copied and called 'The Zone Diet' and 'The Caveman Diet' and 'The Paleo Diet' which were all based on his work.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Exclusive diets are bad, unless there's a medical reason.

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