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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AnnaBanananna
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5 months ago

He later died… that’s not fishy at all

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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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Francis
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5 months ago

i hate the fact that she was mocked...

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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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5 months ago (edited)

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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#4

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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5 months ago

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

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#5

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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5 months ago

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."

#6

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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5 months ago

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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#7

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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5 months ago

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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#8

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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5 months ago

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."

#9

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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aaaggg hhh
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5 months ago

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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julien
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5 months ago

Jimmy Carter STILL is a good man !!!!

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#11

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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5 months ago

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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#12

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

Anyone outside of the US, knew that she was right

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#15

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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5 months ago

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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#16

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago (edited)

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).

Ozacoter
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5 months ago

Exactly. Finally somebody with common sense. The courts declared both of them to be abusers. Being a victim of abuse does not mean that you cannot be abusive yourself. As much as i like Depp as an actor he was declared guilty

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Mark Erwin
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5 months ago

Too early to tell. The defense is yet to present their case against him.

Remi Flynne
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5 months ago

Quite. This is about as current as you can get with an ongoing trial happening right now. Doesn't belong on an 'historical' list or on a list where someone has been 'proven right' as it's not proven at this stage either way, no matter what most of us might personally believe. In fact it has gone against him in a previous case. We need to wait for the verdict here. Then maybe it can be on a list like this.

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FrancesCat
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5 months ago

I love Johnny Depp as an actor but I've never understood the blind loyalty to his personal life. I read his insane Rolling Stone interview (like the rest of the world) and watched him misbehave in absolutely insane relationships for more than three decades of my life. The man is odd, he always falls in love with toxic people, drinks and drugs too much, and gets into trouble. Amber is clearly a lunatic, but he's never been a saint either.

John Edgar Werner Philips
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5 months ago

What's wrong with Vanessa Paradis? :-(

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Vorknkx
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5 months ago

The darker side of the "me too" movement - causing men to be automatically assumed guilty, even without evidence. Stuff like this reallty hurts the movement's credibility.

Caro Caro
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5 months ago

Agree Vorknkx. And the assumption that it's only men who abuse and a woman taking advantage of that assumption is WRONG.

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Madzdad the Bard
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5 months ago

After the last two weeks of this trial, I am convinced that both of them are nuts, angry and vindictive people.

Kel
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5 months ago

For f***s sake, the trial just started. I'm over people acting like they were there and pointing fingers at one person when they both have damming evidence against them.

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uhm hi, she has has literally no evidence of abuse. can you tell me what "damming evidence" that is? because not even her team is able to present any...

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Wang Zhuang
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5 months ago

He testified today, in fact

Joey Marlin
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5 months ago

Making it current, rather than historical... at this stage.

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Vivian Ashe
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5 months ago

Depp is essentially suing her because she called herself a domestic abuse survivor in one newspaper editorial (that didn't even name him). But the trial is digging up so much more dirt on both of them, there's no way it's going to redeem his reputation. The testimony just makes her look like a damaged, angry person in a toxic relationship with a raging alcoholic/drug addict. If he thinks that's going to help his future employability in Hollywood, he's delusional. I think he just wants to make sure to take her down with him.

John Edgar Werner Philips
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5 months ago

Which is fair.

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Si
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5 months ago

Drug addicted alcoholics are much less charming behind closed doors.

propgamer XL
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5 months ago

Had a drug addicted friend. He was quite sweet actually. Never aggressive.

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Eunice Probert
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5 months ago

They were both as bad as each other.

Amy Doyle
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5 months ago

To be honest I don't believe any of them. None of them look like they'd go down without a fight, so I believe they are both as bad as eachother.

Spacey
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5 months ago

Let's wit for the verdict plz z

Monday
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5 months ago

No need to, the fact is she did abuse him. He probably abused her too, but nobody believed him and everybody believed her. It's very likely they are both guilty.

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Grace C
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5 months ago

borepanda is using its platform to side with Johnny Depp, which is not right (by making him here on this list). this is an ongoing trail, at least wait till it's over. what if Depp was lying? although so far seems like they abused each other.

Frankenfrog
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5 months ago

Why not? Is it only right when it's the woman accusing a man of abuse?

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JBinPeckham
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5 months ago

I don't know what this is doing here. Depp is using his defamation trial to try and control Amber Heard, as he clearly did during their relationship. He's a narcissistic drug and alcohol addicted control freak who's admitted he has issues with jealousy. Anyone who's ever been in a relationship with an addict knows just how selfish and self indulgent they are and how frustrating it is. He's furious that she got away from him without his permission and he's determined to annihilate her and her career. he's led an orchestrated campaign against her in Hollywood, which has actually backfired on him hence the current trial. He's destroying whatever employability he had left by telling the world what a nightmare spoiled a**e he actually is, and what a spiteful nasty little man he's become. Sad. All his own fault. Sort out your s**t JD and leave Amber alone.

Braineating Spleen
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5 months ago

Ummm. He lost his law suit in the UK against the Sun and the footage and photographs presented in a Virginia court this week are pretty damming for him. Even their relationship therapists testified this week that they were a mutually abusive couple. Plus that trial is still on going. How has has anything been proved other than they're both terribly emotionally unintelligent and narcissistic people. A masterclass in playing the victim on both sides.

JoyfulZebra
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5 months ago

I hope the trial goes in his favor

Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

I hope it just produces the facts (they don't always). As others have said, their therapist has testified to both being abusive. A toxic relationship with no winners bar the lawyers. Taking sides of people we have never met seems odd to me. In truth, only the two people involved can ever say for certain.

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Missy Moo Moo
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5 months ago

OMG!!!! He is a drug addict - to some nasty drugs and he bashed the crap out of her. If it was anyone else, no one would question this. She was NOT a drug addict and had to put up with this nasty man child for years. Anyone who's been in the gutter with an addict knows you're going to get dirty trying to get out

JanaK
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5 months ago

The moment he said he wanted to rape her corpse just to be sure she is dead, he lost all my sympathies. This are not word of a sane, normal, abused person but of a psycho. And i don't care that he had abusive childhood.He is a trash.

GramDB
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5 months ago

It was 50/50!

Mar Ang
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5 months ago

Sorry, but she planned her HOAX from the beginning. There are BIG money & big names who have an interest in her winning at all costs. E. Musk, R.Murdoch, & ACLU, to name a few..... Are people still not seeing this?

Candy Chitty
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5 months ago

Abused people, children and adults, have limits to what they can take. Push them too far and it won't be pretty. Depp was pushed too far.

Evelyn Haskins
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5 months ago

Johnny Depp was a xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx who thought he was above the law.

Mosheh Wolf
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5 months ago

They were a toxic couple, and both are as culpable.

Salty Wild Hair
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5 months ago

What a mess.

TheOne
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5 months ago

Not a criminal trial. It was a defamation lawsuit over in Europe. Another defamation law suit is happening now in Virginia. He has never gone to trial for criminal charges of spousal abuse or anything like that. He has never gone to court, faced charges, been arrested, etc., for spousal abuse, etc. It's amazing what people believe. "According to the proven data which we have to hand, Johnny Depp has not been arrested, charged nor convicted of any form of assault or violence against any woman. We repeat: he has not been charged by any authority in any jurisdiction, nor convicted of any form of violence against women." San Sebastian Fest Director Defends Johnny Depp Honorary Prize: “He Has Not Been Arrested, Charged Nor Convicted https://deadline.com/2021/08/san-sebastian-fest-director-defends-johnny-depp-honorary-prize-he-has-not-been-arrested-charged-nor-convicted-1234814166 8

Mir Adwari
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5 months ago (edited)

Yes, all facts. Do I think Amber Heard abused Johnny Depp? Yes. Do I think we can say with any certainty that past history is an indicator for all relationships... not really. Some relationships are toxic and really don't work. Those people push each others buttons. Is all you have said proof that Johnny didn't abuse Amber Heard. No. We don't know right now. Do I think it likely? I lean more to believing Johnny if I'm honest but we don't know. When people are addicted and off their face a lot of the time do they behave in ways they wouldn't normally? Would they even remember? This is why RIGHT NOW we should all WAIT. Hopefully the truth will out (I'm not a massive believer in the 'courts always get it right' point of view as miscarriages of justice happen). I think it will go the way those on Johnny's side want it to but we cannot be sure at this stage. The trial isn't far enough advanced at this point. Many of us think it is just fairer to wait until it is.

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Bob Standen
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5 months ago (edited)

Johnny is into self abuse, she's into mental and physical abuse. Both bad, but Johnny got the dirty end of the stick both ways. She is toxic.

Lowell Scheetz
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5 months ago

Maybe she was, females are capable of abuse

Ja Le Gr
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5 months ago

As a male, and survivor of a psychologically abusive relationship, as the victim you tend to do irrational things that you wouldn't normally do because of how that person is f*****g with your mind. I can't even imagine how I would have reacted or responded had it been physical abuse. Some people are just flat toxic and that bleeds into your own self after a time, I think Amber brought out that side to him, I don't think that is his inherent nature.

Katinka Min
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5 months ago

I REALLY wish all this info about someones private life would nto be shoved down my throat at every turn. Fcking scial media was and is chockfull with this. Two crazy people in an ugly divorce - why is this so interesting to people???

Ja R
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5 months ago

sounds like they are both franking nuts

Bryan W.
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5 months ago

Misery loves company and these two make sport of it.

Kiwii Stone
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5 months ago

Still makes me mad that Disney cancelled him and not Amber, though. Such double standard

Droopsnoot
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5 months ago

Could be double standards again, they think that just because he's a famous badass actor, he can't be abused. Which is not how that works, everyone can be a victim of abuse

El Dee
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5 months ago

Men being abused is never accepted. It's how could you 'allow' this. This is victim blaming but I'm glad to see that this is lessening these days..

TheOne
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5 months ago

Part 2 "According to the proven data which we have to hand, Johnny Depp has not been arrested, charged nor convicted of any form of assault or violence against any woman. We repeat: he has not been charged by any authority in any jurisdiction, nor convicted of any form of violence against women." San Sebastian Fest Director Defends Johnny Depp Honorary Prize: “He Has Not Been Arrested, Charged Nor Convicted https://deadline.com/2021/08/san-sebastian-fest-director-defends-johnny-depp-honorary-prize-he-has-not-been-arrested-charged-nor-convicted-1234814166 Johnny Depp testifies he's never 'struck any woman' in his life https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/19/entertainment/johnny-depp-amber-heard-defamation-trial-testimony/index.html

TheOne
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5 months ago

There is a difference between a criminal trial and something like a defamation of lawsuit. There was a defamation lawsuit over in Europe. They gave different standards for defamation. Another defamation lawsuit is happening now in Virginia. He has never gone to trial for criminal charges of spousal abuse or anything like that. He has never gone to court, faced charges, been arrested, etc., for spousal abuse, etc. There has been no record or complaints from any relationship he has had (ranging from a short time to 12+ years) of any abuse of any kind. Even some famous women he was engaged to. No complaints / arrests. Nada. Usually? When abuse occurs it goes from one relationship to another. There is a clear pattern of abuse. It happens over and over again. He was never arrested or charged with abusing Amber Heard or any other woman. It's really amazing what people believe. "According to the proven data which we have to hand, Johnny Depp has not been arrested, charged nor conv

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Yes justice for Johnny Depp!!!

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Not a fan of this "both were abusive to each other" rhetoric. From the evidence, it's clear to me he was the victim of abuse in this relationship. He does not seem like a bully to me. Of course he's no saint - he's guilty of substance abuse and venting to friends via nasty text messages, but that doesn't make him an abuser. I think he's more prone to self-harm if anything.

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Poor man has been through hell because of that manipulative scheming vindictive cow

Ren Karlej
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5 months ago

Oh come on! They put each other through hell, neither party here is innocent.

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I don't get the downvotes for Tofu and JoyfulZebra. Can we please make this right?

Mir Adwari
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5 months ago

Well, technically it isn't historical. Maybe that is why they were downvoted. It is a current case going through court right now and as such, as Spacey said, we should really wait for the verdict. It's gone against Johnny Depp in the past (Judge ruling that Amber Heard was the victim of domestic abuse on several separate occasions) so perhaps it will go in his favour now. We can hope.... though this won't be a popular comment but I suspect neither of them are completely innocent.

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Carrie de Luka
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5 months ago

How is this entry meeting the 'historical figures mocked proven right' part? Regardless of peoples feelings about Depp v Heard it's not historical. It's not been proven. It IS current. So doesn't really belong here.

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Heterosexuality is a strange and twisted lifestyle.

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Their counselors were outta their minds too abusing each other, both were wrong to f each other out, what happened to love is kind…

Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

Not sure this is really love... co-dependency with lashings of dysfunction. Total mess.

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This man is absolutely amazing. Why nobody believed him I don't know. But in my opinion he is truly a great person.

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No idea where the negative comments suddenly come from. Since 2016 Amber said. Now in 2022 its Amber said vs Johnny said, eye witnesses say, police officers say, photos say, cctv says, medical records say, tapes say... and boredpanda here is still victim blaming just because Depp had addiction issues?

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He’s so f#>%ing beautiful 🤩

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He should've gotten out then. He ended up being toxic as well, but she'll never get reprimanded for her part in it. Biggest mistake he ever made.

FrancesCat
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5 months ago

Given that he. has been a drug-abusing alcoholic for decades and in a lot of "crazy" relationships where the cops were called, I wouldn't consider this his "biggest mistake." Just his most expensive mistake.

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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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Tofu
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5 months ago

This!

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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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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AnnaBanananna
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5 months ago

Brilliant! Glad he made the list

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#27

Brendan Fraser, that sweet sweet man.

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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indiecognition
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5 months ago

Can't fault him for trying

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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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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

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#32

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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btaglln
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5 months ago

Why is it written like a poem ??

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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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5 months ago

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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Abdul Rahman Falih
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5 months ago

Who ridiculed him are P.O.S just like my classmates

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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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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Piet Puk
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5 months ago

And a relentlessly epic drummer!

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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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5 months ago (edited)

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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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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5 months ago

*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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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

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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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5 months ago (edited)

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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