Throughout history, sometimes even the smallest actions have turned into pivotal moments. From innovations that led to changes to groundbreaking events that sparked movements and reshaped the entire world. But while some ideas were applauded and celebrated by society at the time, others were greeted with raised eyebrows and suspicious looks.

Many wonderful people were simply ahead of their time and got teased and ridiculed for it in every possible way. User AllofaSuddenStory decided to learn more about these historical figures and posted this question on Ask Reddit: "Who is someone that was mocked at the moment, but then proven right years later?"

Hundreds of history lovers shared their knowledge about people who thought of remarkable things yet didn’t get the recognition they deserved. Whether their suggestions were put together long before our time or in the recent past, we handpicked some of the most interesting responses to remind you not to jump to conclusions too quickly. Continue scrolling, upvote your favorite ones, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

#1

50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later The doctor in China, Li Wenliang, who was arrested for trying to stop the spread of Covid from the start.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Stella Liebeck, the lady who got burned with McDonald's hot coffee. The media mocked her and accused her of a frivolous lawsuit but it was an ongoing problem that McDonald's served dangerously hot coffees that had injured many others.The coffee was hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns to her pelvic region and she was hospitalized for 8 days while she had to get skin grafts, and continued medical care for 2 years related to the burns. She originally just wanted her medical bills covered but McDonald's tried giving her an insultingly low amount, so then she was forced to open a lawsuit. The courts rightfully sided with her and forced McDonald's to regulate the temperature on their hot beverages.

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To find out why historical figures were sometimes dismissed for their ideas, we reached out to historian Bethany Moore who runs the blog History And Moore. She told Bored Panda that those who found themselves mocked and ridiculed were simply misunderstood by others. "This would mostly happen to scientists who were trying to get their ideas out to a wider audience, that necessarily didn’t have the right education to understand or the inclination to even listen," she added.

As an example, Moore mentioned a man called Ignaz Semmelweis. "He was an obstetrician (a doctor who specializes in childbirth) in the 1840s in Vienna and he noticed that fewer women were dying when they were inspected by a doctor who had washed their hands between examining patients." However, since he did not grasp why this was the case, others were reluctant to listen to him.

"He eventually ended up being lured to an asylum," the historian continued. "Tragically, after Semmelweis was removed from the hospital, more women started dying because they were not being examined by doctors who washed their hands. Handwashing didn’t become commonplace in medicine for at least another 30 years after Semmelweis first made the connection."

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Ignác Semmelweis

First doctor to champion hand washing as a means to prevent spreading infection. Everyone made fun of him.

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MarmotArchivist
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He worked in a city hospital for a time, that had many poor women who couldn't afford any care. His contemporary doctors would go from an autopsy of a rotting corpse* to delivering babys without washing their hands, infecting and killing tousands of women. Semmelweiss put up a bassin to wash hands saving many lives. After his dismissal death skyrocketed again.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Henry Freeman, a lifeboatman in Whitby. He tried to get the other lifeboatmen to wear cork lifejackets, but no-one would but him.

During a great storm, the lifeboat was launched several times to help struggling vessels and sailors. On their sixth launch, disaster struck and the lifeboat capsized.

Only Henry survived thanks to his cork life jacket. They became compulsory for lifeboatmen shortly after that.

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Tofu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And it looks comfortable for swimming! Where can I buy one?

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Johnny Rotten

Banned from the BBC for ousting Jimmy Savile as being a horrendous pedophile.

Some 500 cases of abuse. Had his own set of keys to a psychiatric hospital where he would frequently abuse vulnerable children.

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Tofu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whistleblowers always get chastised. Disappointing.

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Moore suggested that the study of our past is not only about learning different dates and names. "Yes, those are an important part of the study of history, but there is so much more to the subject. The study of history teaches us the good and the bad of humanity; the developments by ancient civilizations that have led to our society being the way it is today; and gives us a better understanding of the world, to name but a few reasons."

"History, and the study of it, is one of the building blocks of a rounded education, teaching us to be more than just one person and to recognize the influence we have on the world."

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Joseph Lister

First proposed that germs caused post-operative infections, and recommended that surgical instruments be sterilized between operations.

People thought he was nuts.

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Francis
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

also Ignaz Semmelweis. Wikipedia "Described as the "saviour of mothers", Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as "childbed fever") could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions in 1847 while working in Vienna General Hospital's First Obstetrical Clinic, where doctors' wards had three times the mortality of midwives' wards." The doctors didn't washed their hands after they performed an autopsy... this almost ruined his career

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Barbara McClintock, she postulated the existence of transposons (certain types of genes) in DNA BEFORE anybody even knew what the actual structure of DNA is like, she was widely mocked by the scientific community at the time. Transposons were later confirmed to exist and she was awarded the Nobel.

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Caro Caro
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At least she was awarded the Nobel. Some brilliant people in science were given a bunch of flowers and a half hearted "sorry".

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Dr Bennet Omalu who found that American football players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy/ brain concussions which were slowly affecting their neurological and psychological functions. He was strongly opposed at first but then proved right. His biographic movie is named ' Concussion'.

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SoozeeQ
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Excellent movie. Will Smith stars in it, but don't let that sway you one way or the other.

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After all, this fascinating subject is an endless source of adventure. Just think about the grand battles, significant events, and world-shaking inventions. And it’s especially interesting to learn about intriguing historical figures who were simply regular folk without an obvious connection to greatness, Moore said.

"Ordinary, everyday people like William Shakespeare who helped the English language develop into the rich tapestry it is today. People like Ada Lovelace, who is considered the first computer programmer for her work with Charles Babbage. People like Rosa Parks, who stood up to a system rigged against her. Ordinary people have become well known for a variety of reasons, and it is not unfeasible to think that any of us could have the same influences in years to come."

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Greg Lemond. In 2001 he said Lance Armstrong was probably doping. He was threatened he took a huge image hit and his business opportunities suffered.

He never let up on lance despite the media campaigns, threats, damage to his reputation and business, and the recrimination of his peers in the cycling community. Until surprise surprise in 2012 it came out that lance Armstrong was doping. Who could have foreseen that? If only someone had told us.

Oh wait. Greg Lemond did. A decade ago.

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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lance Armstrong had loads of corporate backers, and they didn't want some upstart upsetting their precious cash flow.

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Jimmy Carter. He recognized the need for The US to become energy independent and put measures into place that would have gotten us there by now. Of course, the first thing Ronnie RayGun did was undo every f*cking one of them. Many of our problems over the last 45 years have stemmed from The Middle East and either directly or indirectly involved oil. I’m obviously simplifying things here, but in the big picture, he was spot on. Even his critics at the time have recently admitted that he was on the correct path. It’s also pretty apparent that Carter was a good man, as evidenced by how he has carried himself over half a lifetime post-presidency.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Lindy Chamberlain. A dingo really did eat her baby.

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Jo Johannsen
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor woman. The loss of her child was horrendous, but almost pales in comparison to what she was put through afterwards.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later John Snow in 1854 tried to tell everyone about cholera, and how it was being caused by the water supply, no one believed him until he took illegal action and saved many lives

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Francis
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you know nothing jo(h)n snow... oh well maybe you know a bit

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One of the many things that makes history truly engaging is the people, the historian argued. "Studying [them] makes history far more tangible and enriching than just reeling off a collection of dates and events that happened."

"I think in the world we live in today, history continues to show how important it is as a subject and must continue to encourage those around us to study the subject. The philosopher George Santayana said in 1905 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' And that is certainly happening at the moment, with large and powerful countries choosing to forget the true version of the past and use their own version to justify their actions," Moore noted.

"Yes, history is the study of that which is in the past, and some would argue that the past should be left there. But I disagree. I think history and the study of it will continue to have an importance on us as people, and it is not something we should ever abandon," she concluded.

#13

50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Richard Stallman. Warned us back in the 80s that if we allow corporations to rule the internet that nobody will have privacy or freedom on the web, among many other things.

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Tofu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just playing devil's advocate... if corporations didn't "rule" the internet, then who would? I think we were doomed to have no privacy, regardless of who "rules" the internet. 😔

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#14

50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Barbara Lee was the only congresswoman to vote against going to war in Afghanistan after September 11. Not going to say she was right, but at the time I remember even as a kid thinking she was crazy, and heard alot of the derisive talk much more common today, directed at her. (Not a patriot, traitor, blahblah) 20 Years later, the world seems alot less black and white, and her decision seems ferociously rational against a tide of fear and rage.

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Ian Flynn
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anyone outside of the US, knew that she was right

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Alexander Fleming, the man who discovered Penicillin, spent almost 10 years trying to convince the medical bodies of his time that it was worth investing time and resources to experiment with it, but was basically told to pound sand despite the respect he had prior to the discovery.

Lot of good it did me, I was lucky enough to be born allergic. Happy for the rest of you at least.

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Tofu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even if you're allergic to penicillin, you are still reaping the benefits of its discovery because it led to the future creation of many types of antibiotics. It's a win for all of us!

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Courtney Love on Weinstein.

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AnnaBanananna
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Weinstein is an absolutely disgusting human. And his money and “influence” protected him for so long… disgusting

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George Bush, in 2005 he read a book about the Spanish Flu and insisted that the United States should be prepared for a pandemic. He said "If we wait for a pandemic to appear it will be too late to prepare. And one day many lives could be needlessly lost because we failed to act today."

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Tofu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then tRump gouged the Pandemic-Preparedness Systems in place.

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#18

50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Johnny Depp when he tried to tell people about how Amber was abusing him.

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King Kashue
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At least this person didn't go to the "Amber abused him so he must be innocent himself" conclusion. This doesn't have to be a one good the other bad situation - they can both be abusive AHs. And judging by the testimony so far, it really does seem like that's the case (I mean, their therapist flat out said they were both abusing each other).

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#19

50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Al Gore.

I mean, ffs, even South Park apologized to him. And it wasnt even sarcastic.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Sherry Rowland. Discovered the effect of CFCs on ozone depletetion and received an immense level of blow back from industry. Not only that, but invited talks and collabs were rescinded within the scientific community. Poor guy was ostracized. 20 years later after his (and Molina’s) discovery, he’s finally recognized with a Nobel prize.

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Kathryn Baylis
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Industry doesn’t want to have to spend money to retool, and potentially lose their good thing. So they use profits to suppress information that proves them wrong, and discredit anyone who dares question them.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later My classmate in nursing school. He made a big fuss about a “coronavirus” just noticed in China. He asked about if clinicals or classes would be changed because of it. We thought he was absolutely paranoid and insane. We laughed.

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Francis
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my flatmate was hysterical in january 2020 and i was quite layed back. well in april 2020 we were in lockdown and he was like "i told y'all" :D didn't helped him or me. we both got corona this year...

Sara G
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was terrified. It seemed inevitable, even in Jan 2020. It got me to quit smoking, so I guess there was one good thing to come out of it.

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I was ridiculed at work in the end of February 2020, when I suggested the company start putting protocols in place in case COVID became as widespread in the US as it had elsewhere. Things like work from home, masks, gloves, etc. The owners of the company were MAGAts with money (dangerous combo), and believed it wasn’t anything to worry about. Two weeks later, the country was going into lockdown, and the assholes I worked for suddenly had to scramble to allow us to work from home—-even their f*****g files were just paper, and had never ever been scanned and put online, so you can imagine they had nothing in place for remote work. Then they said we still had to go into the office to collect payments and run the deposits to the bank. That’s where I was exposed to someone who an hour later was notified she’d tested positive for the virus. The assholes wouldn’t let me quarantine for two weeks (those f*****g deposits, you know!), so I was forced to resign so I wouldn’t potentially infect others.

Cheryl Denton
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Holy crap!!! MAGAts with money are the absolute worst!

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M Rob
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Feb 2020 I locked down my family... they said I was paranoid. 4/2022 we are still virus free ( total vaxxed) and we have protected the vulnerable family member.

QuokkaVibes
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was afraid just around end of January 2020, my supervisor at work mocked me in front of the whole office just because I said "The government should really look into this thing, I have asthma and I'm worried about what is happening in China". Two weeks after that we were all send home and we're still working from home (northern Italy, circa near Bergamo outbreak).

Whodathunkit
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I bought a slew of N 95's off Amazon in early Jan 2020...before they were hard to find. Glad I did.

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King Kashue
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not quite as far ahead but I had multiple people call me a massive pessimist when I was like "Yeah, I don't think this is going to be just a few weeks." And in the summer of 2020 when my former colleagues who are still teaching were talking about plans for the school year, I was adamant things wouldn't get better while they were thinking there was a good chance. By then I was saying "Any plan predicated on the majority of Americans doing the right thing is going to fail, period. At least 50% of us are selfish morons - if your plans aren't built on that, they're wrong and bad." At that point, I didn't think I was remotely going out on a limb.

Tx jac
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember the start of covid, no one here at the office was worried. Meanwhile I was the one sanitizing the kitchen and doors in common areas. I was using gloves or covered my hands while opening doors. Was wearing a mask and keeping away from others ...and I was laughed at. Im one of the few that did not get covid

Patti Vance
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

same here. i watch international news/foreign news as well as domestic. told my family about this and started making masks, did a bit of stockpiling supplies, etc. my family thought i was over-reacting but didn't quite go as far as mocking me. four months later-lockdown, businesses closing, etc. lucky for everyone i had enough to go around until things kind of settled to the point that they were able to fend for themselves.

Tiffany C
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I heard about students from China (that is literally where they were- not blaming Asian people at all) returning to the US at a local university with COVID and told my spouse, this is going to be a disaster.i told friends and family. I wish I was wrong.

Whodathunkit
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I worked as a nurse in a covid ICU. It was awful. A lot of staff have PTSD from it. Many ate quitting nursing because hospitals are treating them badly now, even though they were heroes at the time.

LaZyBeAr
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly, some scientists wrote works decades ago how coronaviruses are threat for the whole world, but nobody believed them, because everyone expects that bad things will never happen. Too bad...

Alexander Smith
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was nervous at the end of 2019. My boss said it was not something to worry about and to just sanitize more often. I often feel validated.

Julie Erin Lawless
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm telling you Stephen King had it right with "The Stand". Humanity won't get taken out by aliens but by some little germ!!!

Ashley Galyen
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My brother is amateur prepper. People thought he was crazy, until they needed food and toothpaste during covid. I'm not near the level he is but I have always leaned toward bulk buying nonperishables and canned/dry goods so my shopping list is less complicated.

Frankthetank
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My spouse read enough about it in December and I started making masks in January 2020.

Erika Vanheck
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I told my mom, who was just out of hospital for pneumonia (most likely early cases of Covid) in early January that if the Chinese were locking entire millions of people cities down when New Year celebrations were about to begin, it was a serious disease. I was laughed at by friends. And if i, ordinary person, could logically deduce that, what excuse could we accept from well informed politicians ?

Richard Willis
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

During an induction session at our local hospital, the representative from A&E (ER) asked what we thought could disrupt/close A&E. I suggested if a case of VHF came through the door; he said ‘What’s that?’ (Viral Hemorrhagic Fever). Well I was nearly correct!

Jag Yu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

back in mid 2020, around april, i mentioned to my classmates that the problem with the viruses, they mutate quickly and if the sars-cov2 (covid virus) would mutate, we would have an even bigger problem on our hands. thats why we should all follow protocols and get vaxx as soon as a safe enough vaccine would be produced. nobody believed me. maybe because im not in anyway related to the medical or scientific field, im not credible enough. but here we are.

Pete Häkkinen
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I had the swine flu years ago I read up on virology and many said a we were soon statistically due a larger pandemic.

Upstaged75
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The clerk at my pharmacy did the same thing. He told me about it and I walked away thinking he was nuts. Sorry Caleb, you were right!

whodunnitfan2013
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Right before lockdown started two years ago, I had heard about the coronavirus and how fast it was spreading, and I voiced my concerns about it in my history class. I was brushed off, with everyone else saying it would go away soon.

D K
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Registered Nurse… I must admit I was in a tad bit of denial January 2020. Was only about 2 years into my career. Then lo and behold. It was terrifying to not have adequate PPE supplies. We felt completely vulnerable. Pretty sure I’ve aged 10 years in the past 2.

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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I heard about it in Jan 2020 first thing I told my husband was we should buy some face masks and sanitizer because I am sure it is going to spread. He laughed at me. Come February he was panicking on the internet all day pulling his hair out over face mask prices. Didn’t buy them. Come March lockdown I had to get the sewing machine out and make some because by the time he made his mind up they sold out.

Shane S
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My ex who I lived with at the time bought a bunch of hand sanitizer and masks on Amazon. I really thought he was overreacting but I supported him anyway. Boy was I wrong.

Chris M
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was raising the alarm back in Dec 2019; my friends and coworkers have since acknowledged this.

Violet Jensen
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was losing my flippin' MIND and my best friend told me to chill and it wouldn't get out of China. her grandfather died to COVID. She is NOT an antimasker nutjob- she's fully vaccinated and masks- but she just didnt believe it would get this bad

shodokai
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember my workmates returned from building sets for a film in Ohio while C-19 was raging. When wearing a mask the locals labeled them "believers" and s**t on them every chance they could. Wilfull ignorance is not a victimless crime.

Sabrina
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People kept mocking me when I kept reciting info found in medical journals that said covid was going to mutate beyond a number we could possibly comprehend and never end and just something we live with on our planet like the flu and the common cold (a covid virus in of itself). 30,000+ mutations later...yeah, I don't think anyone is laughing now except covid deniers

Godfrey Johnston
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My stepson was in China. I knew also.

Iggy
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am sure he would much rather have been wrong.

Cheyenne
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During a visit to the doctor’s office in January 2020 I asked her assistant if the doctors were concerned about the coronavirus and she said — in a whisper — yes, they were worried. Very, very worried.

Ruthie Clearwater
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I asked the faculty what were our alternatives when we are shut out of the hospital and I was told there was no need to look for alternatives. 2 weeks later, I was mandated to learn virtual simulations in place of clinical because we got shut out of the hospital.

Buzz Anderson
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was not the only one. EVERYONE who is an expert on these things tried to get Comrade Trump aka Putin's b***h, to get ahead of it and we know what he did. HE LIED. So you classmate was right but he was not the only one by a long shot.

Tracie Fleshman
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a coworker who was saying it was all bs and if you took it seriously you were "drinking the Kool Aid". She then became the first person in our office to ask to go home because she did not feel safe.

DetongLhamo
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We started stocking up on food and medicines etc in February 2020 and no, we’re not preppers. New potentially lethal air borne virus that spreads aggressively? I didn’t understand why people weren’t taking it seriously.

JozeeMom
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same here. The Friday before the lockdown start, I stocked up on everything plus extra for senior relatives and neighbors. So thankful everyone we know and love came through safely.

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LynzCatastrophe
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm guilty of this too. My husband likes to learn and keep up with current events. He was talking about this December 2019 and I remember thinking he was overreacting, that this would amount to nothing, that it was a flu. February 2020 we moved for his new job back to my hometown, living in my parents basement till we could find a place of our own, which took 7 months thanks to brand new restrictions. It was a difficult transition. Thanks to those restrictions finally lifting, we're FINALLY going back to get our stuff out of storage. Though most will be donated since it's been 2 years, we've bought stuff we needed. I braved it enough after we moved to go there and ship as much as I could. Now next month we're going to deal with the rest. Sorry honey! The past two years were expensive!

GramDB
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why o we all in the USA think we are invincible ???? We are NOT!

Adam L
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I admit that at first I wasn't worried about the virus. I actually thought that the people in charge would keep it from spreading.......

Blackstone
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought it would spread, but I did think our collective leaders would do a much better job. I have so much less hope and faith now. I thought if anything would bring people together (figurative not physically) it would be a global problem. Yeah, that's a big fat no. People suck. Especially ones in positions of power and those with a lot to lose. And rallying behind a politician (they're all manipulators with a hidden agenda) just means you're gullible.

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Beachbum
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My son, followed this from November, I will never forget him running down the stairs with a roll of toilet paper, saying you know how this costs in China right now? $10.00 for one roll! The week before the lockdown, he went out and got supplies, everyone looked him like he was crazy, he knew....

Kylie Brokenshire
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I posted on Facebook in Jan 2020 that China was hiding something big about it….once you did the maths on the actions they were taking compared to the case numbers they were releasing I knew it was bigger than they were letting on. I mean they closed Disneyland & the Great Wall based on about 5000 cases in a place at least 2 hours away from them by plane….crazy to think that was the only cases they had yet took those actions in a country where there is billions of people.

Kiwii Stone
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A friend and I were the same! We worked together to top up our stores (we both do food storage anyway) and ordered masks, gloves and sanitiser. I convinced my grandparents to isolate in February 2020 and thankfully, none of us have had it so far. It pays to read the news, national and global!

j
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/ukparanormaldiscussionforum/viewtopic.php?p=15466#p15466 I just dreamed about it in June 2019. I do that. about everything.

Droopsnoot
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be fair, this situation WAS insane. Pretty much no one expected thid

John Nada
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Mike Weber
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why is this entry here? It's not about a historical person who was mocked.

Mosheh Wolf
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There have been about a half a dozen such viruses popping up in China which then petered out. There was no reason, in January, to believe that this one would be any different. Most of the people who were talking about a global pandemic in December 2020 were also doing the same every time a new virus popped up. I'm sorry, but you aren't a Wise Seer if, after making 100 predictions, one is actually true.

Ember Hermin
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Tbf coronaviruses were known for causing the common cold prior to the outbreak, and most people don't have a bad reaction to the new one

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And it’s all a sham.

Tamra Stiffler
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The surviving relatives of the 5 million dead would disagree with you, as would anyone with a brain.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Monica Lewinsky. That poor woman was dragged through the mud and seeing everyone reassess what was done to her has been bittersweet.

ETA: Bittersweet bc more people seem to understand she was a victim (sweet), but she was really young, and decades of her life were spent being a public punching bag (bitter)

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Milady Blue
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like that she has developed a sense of humor about the whole mess - she was the winner of some sort of online competition, "What is the worst career advice you ever received?" and her response, "A White House internship would look AMAZING on your resume."

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Barry Marshall. Proved that stomach ulcers were a bacterial infection (and not stress) by ingesting (edit) with Helicobacter pylori and then curing himself with an antibiotic.

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Tofu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some stomach ulcers are an H. Pylori infection, yes. There are other reasons for stomach ulcers too though. For example, I have stomach ulcers as a result of radiation damage from cancer treatment a couple years ago. I WISH I *just* had an H. Pylori infection lol

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#24

Corey feldmen was ridiculed for talking about the abuse he suffered in Hollywood and it wasn’t even a shock, it was obvious that kinda sh*t was going down.

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James016
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He named names back then. IIRC police found the tape where he did so as part of Michael Jackson's trial archived files

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later John Rae. Very skilled arctic explorer who unlike most of the rest of Europeans at the time wasn’t above learning from the Inuit. He was largely successful because of his willingness to learn from them and use their clothing and diet and techniques.

Anyway, about ten years after the Franklin Expedition was lost John Rae was out looking for clues what happened because the British Admiralty had a standing reward of £10,000 for anyone who had credible information about the expeditions fate. He found some physical remnants of the expedition and had met with Inuit who’d seen some of the last surviving members of the expedition. They related to him how they’d been taken by disease, lack of food, and how some of them finally succumbed to cannibalism.

Rae took this information back to England, where society was absolutely outraged how he dared to spin such drivel. Surely no sophisticated gentlemen of the hero’s character that would be in Sir John Franklin’s expedition would act so savagely!

John Rae never got the award. Years later someone else did who told of a story that was correct also to some degree, but less than Rae had been.

In modern times bone fragments have been found with telltale cut marks, thereby proving John Rae and the Inuit right.

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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I saw this apparently as It said the British aristocrats could not believe that someone they respected so much could possibly resort to cannibalism to try to save their own lives so the story was widely trashed as a fake. Crap to not believe the Inuits when that's their home and they'd obviously know better.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Galileo Galilei.

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#27

Brendan Fraser, that sweet sweet man.

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love him. He didn’t deserve what happened to him.

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#28

I would say Monika Lewinsky. I watched her TED talk and thought about it in the world we have today and honestly, can't believe how bullied she was and how much of a joke her name still is

She was in her early 20s and Clinton was in his early 50s.

I can see myself in my 20s easily falling into the trap of thinking "wow I must be so incredible, the president notices me" when in reality, that's just creepy AF

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Tofu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can we add this submission to the one toward the top of the post?

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#29

50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Alfred Wegener hypothesed plate tectonics in the 1920’s, but this wasn’t an accepted notion until the 50’s.

He was a meteorologist, and copped a lot of flak from the geological community at the time.

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#30

Bernie Sanders. That dude complains a lot and he may not be right every time but it sure seems like most of the time.

Ralph Nader wasn't taken seriously about automobile safety. Now we have seatbelts and laws mandating them.

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Marco Hub-Dub
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fact that we’re fed a narrative that oversight and regulation only exist in polarized extremes & are an affront to liberty & freedom is one of the largest disservices ever. Nader was seen as an extremist, liberal cook simply for his work on establishing consumer protections. Imagine if it were “buyer beware” policy when it came to all our goods and services.

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#31

Marshall Ferdinand Folk when speaking of the Treaty of Versailles. "This is not peace. It is an armistice for twenty years."

Prescience personified.

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Vorknkx
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"The war to end all wars" led to an even worse war.

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Duff Roblin, the Premier of Manitoba. After the 1950 flood, Roblin's government initiated the Red River Floodway project. The floodway diverts part of the river around the city. At the time he was mocked and a lot of people thought it was a waste of money, because "a flood like that will never happen again."

It's been estimated that it's saved $40 billion CAD in flood damages since it was completed in 1968. I was there for the '97 flood. The floodway saved my home and my in-laws' home.

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StarmanWaitingInTheSky
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OH Damn! LOL You beat me to it. I didn't think anyone was going to mention "Duffy's Ditch". Yes, there was a great flood but I heard it would have flooded the downtown and much of the communities if it wasn't for the floodway. Me and my folks were volunteering with filling sandbags and we even sandbagged at a property. There's coloured bands on one of the support beams of one of the bridges showing the peak water levels comparing the 1950's flood and the '97 flood, as well as tiles on the beams of the rotunda at The Forks. It's quite interesting and scary.

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#33

Janet Jackson

The whole nipplegate thing made her out to be something she wasn't whilst Timberlake faced no backlash

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AnnaBanananna
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not exactly related, but why are men forgiven when exposed to be cheaters but the other woman involved cops all the blame & hate? (Khloe Kardashian forgave Tristan and the whole extended family blamed Jordan and never spoke to her again)

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The English physician, William Harvey

(A.D.1578–1657), discovered the

circulation of blood. The current

opinion in those days was that blood

oscillates in the vessels of the body.

For his views, Harvey was ridiculed

and was called “circulator”. He lost

most of his patients. However, before

he died, Harvey’s idea about

circulation was generally accepted as

a biological fact.

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#35

When I was in elementary school, we learned about the different areas of taste on the tongue: salty, bitter, sweet, and sour. In front of the class, I asked then "why do I taste the sweet all over my tongue when I eat candy?" She dismissed my question and the other kids said I was dumb. Who's dumb now?

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Lucas
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same. Argued that I couldn't see the difference at all when doing these tests.

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#36

Jack Layton -Early on in the Afghanistan war when the Taliban had been largely beaten and splintered into several small groups, many of them leaderless and wanting a way out, Jack suggested negotiating with these groups to end the war. The Conservative government of Canada labeled him Taliban Jack, and he was widely ridiculed. Had they negotiated back in 2005/2006 there would have been a lot less lives lost, and an opportunity to create a lasting change in Afghanistan.

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50 Historical Figures People Thought Were Nuts At The Time But Were Proven To Be Right Years Later Chris Crocker.

We all know the Leave Brittney Alone video. We all quoted it at the same and made fun of Chris.

But they turned out to be completely correct. Britney was being pushed too hard by the media, and the aggressive fans and invasive paparazzi were (in part) to blame for her break down. We know now that she was controlled by her family for years, and we really shouldnt have mocked someone trying to draw attention to it. I think part of the mockery came because the breakdown is "funny", but also because society did - and still does - think that celebrities deserve whatever happens to them, so the paparazzi and the fans aren't responsible for how their actions hurt celebrities.

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Andy
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one wasn't so much the point of the message, but they way it was done. At the time it was well known that Britney was being hounded by the paparazzi, and the pressure the constant attention on celebrities was having (for example, watch the episode south park did about her). The mockery came from crying and screaming about a celebrity online

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#38

Lady Gaga. She was bullied and there were Facebook groups dedicated to ridiculing her and telling her she'd never be famous. Guess they were wrong.

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AnnaBanananna
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope she doesn’t give a seconds thought to those haters

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#39

Karen Carpenter, the singer. Everyone back when they were popular (myself included) mocked and sneered at how uncool The Carpenters were. But time told us she had one of the best singing voices ever. It’s a timeless voice of incredible beauty.

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#40

The “Alvarez hypothesis” two guys who 30 years before anyone had indisputable proof of it hypothesesed the dinosaurs died because of an asteroid. Well they were f*cking right on with that one.

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Kimi Tomminello
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They very recently found the impact site that proves the theory. *EDIT* Not a body dump as I thought but a geographical anomaly.

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#41

Marie Curie

Discovered polonium and radium and was laughed at for suggesting that radiation could be used to view the human body in ways we couldn't see.

It's because of her that we have x-rays. It's also because of her that we learned that unchecked radiation could also cause cancer.

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Barry Marshall

Helped discover h. Pylori bacteria and the link between it and ulcers. He and his research partner Robin Warren were knocked by the medical community for their beliefs in those link.

Marshall drank a cocktail containing h.pylori, willingly gave himself bacterial induced gastritis, then used antibiotics to cure himself just to prove he was right.

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Jyri Hakola
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*sigh* Marie Curie was avarded with Nobel prize of physics only 5 years after she found Polonium and Radium. And no. It was not due her that we have X-rays. First X-ray photo thru human tissues were taken by Wilhem Röntgen at 1895. Marie Skodolwskaja-Curie newertheless contributed a lot on developing mobile X-ray units but due the urgent need of field hospitals of WW-I no one definetly laughed..

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#42

Richard jewel he’s why we should all know to not listen to talking heads on tv.

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Marco Hub-Dub
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The way he was treated was deplorable. It was pure cynicism on the part of law enforcement that he was even a suspect.

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#43

Gregor Mendel. In the 1860s, he came up with the Principles of Segregation and Independent Assortment, saying that genetic factors are expressed via segregating alleles and different genes.

For about a good 40-ish years, everyone thought he was crazy and didn't receive much credibility from his peers. However, in the early 1900s, people began to build off of his knowledge and work. Now, he's known as the father of genetics.

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David A Paterson
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mendel wasn't ridiculed. He was a complete unknown. This happens often in science, where a publication from 20 or more years before is discovered when the effect they described suddenly becomes well known.

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#44

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis . In 1847 he discovered that doctors washing their hands before delivery led to fewer deaths in women. He hypothesized germ theory, but was ridiculed and mocked by the academic establishment. He ended up having a nervous breakdown and later died in a mental institution. Probably from injuries sustained from beatings he received from the guards. (RIP)

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SoozeeQ
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So sad. Think of what else he could have discovered, if he'd accepted instead of ridiculed.

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#45

Jose Canseco, when he claimed in his book that steroid use was rampant in Major League Baseball.

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Jerry Conaway
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds simply had great personal trainers, ate lots of chicken, and spent all of their non-baseball playing time working out at the gym. No PED's here.

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#46

Prince Charles. Banged on about the environment/organic foods and everyone took the piss mercilessly. To me, he was right about architecture too, but that’s subjective

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Scagsy
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Certainly agree about architecture. Buildings made of stone and even brick have survived for centuries and are aesthetically pleasing. Today, they actually put a shelf life on buildings. Like, it will last twenty years or so. And they are SO ugly. All this metal and glass is horrendous.

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#47

J Harlen Bretz. He spent his life's work proving that the channeled scablands were formed by an absolutely biblical level flood. No one took him seriously because by that point geologists weren't really too keen on the biblical events type geology and were more in favor of gradual change hypothesis for how things came to be.

As soon as satellite photography became a thing his hypothesis was pretty quickly accepted because it's really obvious from above that its massive flood tracts. Funny enough even the famous explorers Lewis and Clark realized it was caused by floods and even wrote about it because they recognized the rippling hills and flood deposits like you'd see in a river just hundreds of times bigger.

If your interested google Missoula floods.

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Vorknkx
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This still doesn't prove a global flood, as described in the Bible. It would be physically impossible.

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#48

Chelsey ”Sully” Sullenberger - the pilot of US Airways flight 1549 that landed his plane in the Hudson river.

Damn, he was mangled before finally being aquitted of the charges and told he did a great job and the made all the right decisions.

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Kayla J
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a feeling this person watched the movie Sully and nothing else because their recollection is so ridiculously off. Landing a plane into the Hudson without breaking it apart was seen as an impressive feat and Sully was well known in the aviation community already having been a part of several highly focused NTSB investigations so he knew how the process would go. When people found out he was the pilot, they agreed he's the one they'd want in that situation and were not shocked by his calm demeanor or ability. There was of course an NTSB investigation but there always is, they were curious if he could have gotten to another airport (LaGuardia was in reach, but didn't take into several factors and they agreed ditching was the best hope and saved countless), and was not some sort of police interrogation with bright lights. Tom Hanks noted that Sully wasn't a fan of how the movie portrayed the NTSB making sure real names were not used. Another example to give you how celebrated he was? The Hudson landing happened on January 15 and the dude was at the Presidential inauguration for Obama on January 20, hardly being lambasted.

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#49

Arsene Wenger. In 2002 he said his team could go a whole season unbeaten. He was roundly mocked, as it had occurred once in the 100+ year history of English football.

Two years later, they did it.

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James016
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm no Arsenal fan but he was a brilliant manager for the club.

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#50

megan fox being shouted down and criticised for how she spoke about the way she was treated on the transformers set.

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nononononm
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Megan Fox apologized later because she said it wasn't as bad as she made it seem and she was way out of line and should have handled the situation better and if she had she could have solved her issue and kept her job?

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