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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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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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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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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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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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

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

And how many countless others are there?

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

What about Rose McGowan? Her career was ruined by Weinstein and no one batted an eye.

Cara G
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Valid. However, Rose McGowan had been utilizing a slow burn approach since the early 2000s and was working on taking Weinstein down from within the industry because she knew that's where everyone was aware of his behavior and was covering for him. Courtney Love, on the other hand, risked total professional, personal, and legal obliteration in 2005 by tweeting to the global public that Weinstein is a dangerous predator. She told the entire world in 280 characters. And this list is about people who the world thought was crazy when they were actually right about something.

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

I wonder how many people dismissed her as a druggie.

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

Most people did. It seriously bugs me when people won't even do the most basic investigating just because people are addicts. Addicts are subjected to so much abuse from all sides except other addicts and it causes such a terrible circle. I do homeless outreach and hear a lot of stories. "Druggies" are humans too.

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

I always loved her, never cared what people think otherwise.

Rutherfrog P. Wilmington
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same. She’s an incredible performer. Seen her in concert twice, once at Lollapalooza in 95 and once as a solo artist in 2013. Both times amazing shows

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

I think that TLC should do an docuseries on him now like they did on Hefner instead of waiting till he's dead. Survivors deserve a voice.

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

I feel that although we know about Weinstein their are, and have been, many many others. The whole 'casting couch' genre of 'jokes' is based on a sick reality..

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

The Muscles from Brussels told me that to be his PA, that included sleeping with him. He assaulted me and I refused. I didn't get the job. He's extremely disgusting.

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Edison Michael
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The craziest thing is that everyone KNEW that sort of thing happened. The third Scream movie was ABOUT how widespread that behaviour was and nobody in the public needed much details to get what the script meant. Heck, Weinstein was the producer IN THAT FILM. Btw, I recall watching children cartoon making fun of Hollywood producers harassing actresses in, like, The Woody Woodpecker Show, which was from when, the 1950's??? Yet, when Courtney C*x hinted about that, ALL OF A SUDDEN everyone begun to act like she was crazy and like nobody knew what she was talking about!!! That's truly insane.

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

There was a joke on the Mindy Project years before it all came out. They basically said he is a predator. Blink and you miss the “joke”. I’d guess that was the furtherest they could go without losing $ or the show.

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

Didn't Angelina Jolie also warn people?

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

There are a LOT of women who were dismissed, where that pig was concerned. Right up until and including his trial. I almost said something to a customer that would have cost me my job when he decided to weigh in on the subject for no reason.

Alystar McKenneh-O'Neill
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shame on the people who surrounded Weinstein! They all deserve a cell next to him!

Bob Standen
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Weinstein, rot in jail. You absolute waste of space.

Alexa Saltz
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Courtney Love has my respect.

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Good because she had no one elses

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

I wouldn't exactly called Courtney Love "historical"

John Nada
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Oh, and Oprah also introduced potential victims to him, well aware of his behavior.

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

Yes, she was right about that. Still not a fan of her at all.

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

Her life seems so tragic to me.

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

Also, Courtney Love with Kurt Cobain.

Mosheh Wolf
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The only reason that it ever came to anything was because he is Jewish. People like Alfred Hitchcock got away with it, and are not even condemned now because they were good Christians. After all, compare Bernie Madoff to the criminals of Enron. How many have been even indicted, much less convicted. White Christians "allowed" Jews to become "White" so that they could be thrown under the bus any time the crimes and atrocities of the rich and powerful are revealed. "Let's throw them a Jew, and pretend the we are against this, and then go on doing what we have always done". The USSR did it as well. When they wanted to oppress a region, they always made sure to have one or two very visible Jews in the people responsible for doing it. They also made sure that those were the main names there. There may have been 150 people in charge, but the only names that will be remembered as those two Jews.

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

It sounds paranoid but there's actually a lot of truth in this.

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

I'm a fan listen to her music it's often about sounding the alarm on sex offenders

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

*Lots* of people on Weinstein.

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

I quit watching any project he was associated with years before because there were so many negative stories about him; Harvey Keitel as well.

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

Much could be said about any man with money & power.

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

I still think she's a bit nuts in general... but yes, she was right about Weinstein

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

Courtney love appears to be hated by a number of people due to the conspiracy that she killed curt cobain. And it was also that she appeared pretty arrogant (the manga she made becomes a lot less fun when you realize it is all about her)... But I don't know much more about her eitger

KurtCobainofficiallmao
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Yeah even though courtney is hated by many she is very smart about a lot of things

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Unfortunately, accusers and whistleblowers never entirely recover their reputations, even when their accusations are proven to be completely true. I read an interview recently with one of the female comedians who called out Louis CK. Her career nosedived after that and never recovered. Meanwhile, he just won a Grammy.

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

Hollywood knew but did nothing. This evidenced by the jokes on the tv show 30 Rock. I’m sure there’s lots of other examples.

Jason Bradley
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Well, she also had Kurt killed so there's that.

GPZ
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If only the rest of the scumbags who continue to behave in a similar manner, could be strung up. It's basic respect for another human being (him and those like him lack such)

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

Since cinema existed there were sex obligation. And corruption.

Mike Weber
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I have no recollection of her doing this.

Jo Davies
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He is a terrible person. But i can't forgive her for who she is, the stuff on record, never mind the accusations.

Imogene Cargeaux
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....... but Rose McGowan was the ones whose career was ruined by her coming forward. Courtney love made one off book comment while she was f****d up... she didn't do a god damn thing to help women or to stop him. she just made a comment. Not because she was trying to take him down or trying to let women know not to trust him. But because she was f****d up. Much like every other thing that's come out of her mouth it's all been to get her attention.. that's it. This woman IS crazy. Nobody thought she was crazy for this.... we all think she's crazy because she fucken is. Also, her history n her family is almost as f****d up as Harvey Weinsteins past. Look into her. She shouldn't be praised for anything as she has done nothing to help women or victims. Ever.

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

So, we're gonna forget she injected Cobain with way more herion than an addict would inject into himself and staged the scene as a suicide? Really? We're past this one?

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

I'm certainly no fan of Courtney Love, but I'm pretty sure you can't prove that.

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KurtCobainofficiallmao
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nope he had severe depression was bipolar and tried to commit lots of times before. do your research b***h

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Nicole Normand
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If you're going to add to this list, at least give us a bit of history so we can understand your point. I have no idea who those people are.

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

That’s as most as I’ll give her… Kurt did not kill himself, she had it manufactured. I could go into detail about this but she is just a horrible person in general, but yes, she was right on this one.

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

Leftist Hollywood defended that monster for years (decades?), including the likes of Oprah, Affleck, Streep, etc. Everyone supports the movement to #BelieveAllWomen... when the world is watching.

Potato
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"Leftist"... tell us how you really feel. Plenty of conservatives in Hollywood. Lots of celebrities voted for Trump.

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John Nada
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Wasn't she on Espteins flight log?

John Nada
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Isn't she on Epsteins flight log?

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sorry but she's awful ... threatened a journalist

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

she doesn’t deserve to be sexually abused by that creep tho

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Of all the Weinstein Cassandras, Love is the one to highlight?

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

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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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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...

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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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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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Who Panda 420
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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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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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