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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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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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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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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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.

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

The ones put in place by the Obama administration.

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

After Trump, Bush looks a lot smarter than he used to

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

Even Obama took him seriously and had Fauci prepare a plan to handle such a situation. It prevented Ebola from running through the US. But when Trump became president, he undid a lot of what Obama had put in place, including axing the plans that would have prevented the pandemic from spreading throughout the USA.

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

Comparing ebola and carona is like comparing aids to the common cold. Ebola is quote easy to prevent the spread.

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

Then, fifteen years later, Trump said "there is no virus, it's a hoax made by the evil liberals to smear my good image, hurr durr."

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

Wrong. Trump never said the Wuhan Flu was a hoax. The facts are, the Dems and never-Trumpers accused him of overacting in Jan 2020 and some claimed he invented it to help get reelected.

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

But didn't the US have preparations in place, and they were then lapsed, ignored or outright reversed? In the UK there was everything needed to ensure a swift response, until it was discovered that the incumbent party had just allowed everything to expire because it was costing too much to replace stuff that was only there in case of an emergency.

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

Yes. The Global Health Security and Biodefense unit — responsible for pandemic preparedness — was established in 2015 by Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice. In May 2018, the team was disbanded and its head Timothy Ziemer, top White House official in the NSC for leading U.S. response against a pandemic, left the Trump administration.

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

Bush was wrong about so many things, but this and support for African AIDS projects were two things he got absolutely right.

Hope Cows&Chickens
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Indeed! Bush screwed up a lot. A whole lot. But the things he did get right, he should get credit for!

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

You think him saying this is the reason why Obama and Biden had put Pandemic measures into place? (Obviously tRump screwed that up)

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Biden is not "putting pandemic measures into place", he's spreading misinformation ("pandemic of the unvaccinated") and demonizing citizens

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

Not only the US, the UK DID have a plan but their stockpiles were too low to start and about £half a billion worth was missing when it was needed. Corruption and inaction..

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

Leave it to Trump to make Bush look like a genius.

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

I can't believe I'm saying this again, but compared to Maga Lardo, Bush wasn't so bad. This is strictly a comparison comment, nothing more.

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

And along came Trump, so sad what he did...

Mary G
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He was the first to start the pandemic preparedness team, and was criticized roundly for not doing enough and for the team not being as pervasive as it should be. Hampered I am sure by political pressures - but one was established. Then Obama came on the scene, and he expanded it as well - and HE was also criticized for not making it expansive enough. Both criticisms were actually right - but at least we HAD a team. Then came the end...with Trump getting rid of everything that smacked of Obama, ignoring that it was originally a Republican idea. And the rest is, as they say, history.

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

Oh come on, he had to say something vaguely intelligent at least once in his gormless life, and he was probably expecting an American bio-weapon accident when he said it.

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

For all of you in the comments fighting over what Trump or the Tories or this president or that prime minister failed or didn't fail to do, listen up... THE ENTIRE WORLD BUNGLED THE JOB... NOBODY LISTENED WHEN DESPERATE SCIENTISTS TRIED TO WARN US ABOUT IT AND THEN IT SPREAD LIKE A WILD FIRE.

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

Hmmm so it has been in the works for at least that long, I knew there was something funny about this virus all along. I never believed in it from the beginning, it's a government thing! (no need for all the snowflake comments, I'm entitled to my opinion)

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

Hard to believe it was the village idiot who said this.

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

There were numerous agencies doing tabletop exercises and planning for this as a result. I don't have any idea if their outcomes were used at all, but what I hear from them... nope.

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

Then Operation Warp Speed proved that private enterprise could do--at warp speed--what government programs can't. It produced vaccines in record time, and only the Biden administration pretended otherwise, claiming, ludicrously, that it had had to "start from scratch" (as Kamala Harris claimed).

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

Nah! I think he was aware of something like Covid being created. His lips were no doubt sealed, but he felt compelled to give us all a hint.

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

lol no. God no. He inspired "science" to study the flu but they had nothing to study. So they dug up humans who had died from it, and then was able to study it. And then gave it GoF. He doesnt care about many lives. He cares about a high death count. That is why he removed the barriers for the NIH.

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

after covid i'm not sure being prepared is enough . education is whats needed

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

George bush could cure cancer and I wouldn't give him credit or change my opinion about him. Girl by. So worried about Spanish flu but didn't worry about the millions of lives taken n ruined all because of a war built in false pretenses.... F**k George bush and his whole family.

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

Yeah, but the bush family has a reputation for being crazy for other reasons

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

Yeah, too bad members of the government and drug companies were working to create just such a pandemic...

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

Virologists have been saying this for years.

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

Wait I heard USA has a zombie virus plan, is it true?

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

Even a broken clock can be correct twice each day... (analog anyway)

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

Well see, the problem is that Trump doesn't read.

commie pinkofag
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And then sided with his Fascist Party when they declined to spend money on something that doesn't directly benefit the 1% who pay to put and keep them in power.

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

I'm noticing a liberal bias on this platform, right wing, left wing, SAME BIRD!

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

Republicans always find answers

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

Bidens killed more by COVID than mean old orange man.

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

Looks like the short bus finally got here

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

..and then Trump came along.

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And then the cdc made up a pile of b******t to scare the sheep.

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Well, maybe it will come out later in life that covid was a hoax, masks don't work, vax is bad, etc. Everyone here sounds like the people that laughed at those that were telling the truth in the past. hmmm

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Oh pleeeeese! What a load of rubbish!

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Well, would you look at that! A broken watch is right twice a day.

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Probably his daddy hw bush

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TIL George Bush is literate

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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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#22

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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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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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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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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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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