13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them

It’s a thrilling narrative when the underdog, the ignored, the scoffed at, suddenly bursts onto the scene with a triumphant, “I told you so!” With hindsight being 20/20, here are 13 people who were right all along, yet, for some inexplicable reason, no one cared to lend them an ear. The moral of the story? We all need to do a little more listening and less dismissing!

George Seiber and the Israeli Athletes

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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In the 1972 Munich Olympics, George Seiber, an established police psychologist, was hired to predict what could go wrong at the Munich Games. He raised concerns about inadequate security and shared his fears that the Israeli athletes would be attacked. Unfortunately, no one took him seriously until it was too late – members of the Palestinian terrorist group took hostage and killed 11 Israeli athletes.

Roger Boisjoly and the Challenger Disaster

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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In 1985, Roger Boisjoly was an engineer working on the Space Shuttle Challenger. He warned NASA that the O-rings would fail in cold temperatures, but his concerns were dismissed. On January 28th, 1986, the world watched in horror as the Challenger exploded just seconds after lift-off, killing all seven passengers.

George Washington Cautioned About The Danger Of Political Parties

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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In his farewell address, George Washington cautioned against forming political parties, fearing they would lead to division and weaken the country. Unfortunately, his warnings were ignored; today, we live in a highly polarized political climate.

Mesaba Crew and the Titanic Iceberg

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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The crew on the Mesaba, a nearby ship, warned the Titanic crew about an iceberg ahead. However, the radio operator who received the message did not inform the captain. We all know how that ended.

Alexander Fleming’s Antibiotic Resistance Warning

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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He discovered penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic. In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1945, Alexander Fleming cautioned about the potential for antibiotic resistance if penicillin was overused. Unfortunately, this warning went unheeded, and today, we’re facing a global crisis of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Robert Heinlein’s Prediction of The Cold War

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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In his 1941 science fiction novel, “Solution Unsatisfactory,” Robert Heinlein predicted a tense standoff between the US and the Communist Eastern Bloc decades after WWII. The story included nuclear weapons and the fear of radioactive fallout, foreshadowing the Cold War. The story turned out to be very accurate.

David Bernays and Charles Sawyer Predicted the Deadly Avalanche

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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On May 31st, 1970, a devastating earthquake triggered the deadliest avalanche in the history of Yungay town, Peru, claiming the lives of over 25,000 people. Remarkably, eight years before this catastrophe, David Bernays and Charles Sawyer had forewarned the Peruvian authorities about the looming threat of an immense avalanche.

Astonishingly, the authorities dismissed their concerns, accusing the climbers of exaggeration and even imprisoning them briefly, only to release them once they retracted their statements.

Brooksley Born and the 2007 Financial Crisis

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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As early as 1998, Brooksley Born, a lawyer and financial regulator, warned about the dangers of unregulated over-the-counter derivatives. Her proposal to regulate these risky financial products was met with fierce opposition from the Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan. This warning was ignored until the 2007 economic crash.

Allan Lichtman and the Prediction of Trump Coming to Power

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In the realm of political historians, Allan Lichtman stood alone in his prediction that Donald Trump would emerge victorious in the 2016 election. In 1981, historian Allan Lichtman developed a set of 13 criteria for predicting the outcome of presidential elections. Using the system, he has correctly predicted every election since then except for the 2000 election.

Ferdinand Foch’s Warning About the Treaty of Versailles

13 People Who Were Right All Along, but No One Listened to Them
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After World War I, French Marshal Ferdinand Foch warned against the harsh terms imposed on Germany in the Treaty of Versailles. He stated that it was not a peace treaty but a 20-year truce due to its severe restrictions and demands for reparations. His warning proved correct when World War II erupted just 20 years later.

Sinéad O’Connor and the Catholic Church

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In 1992, Sinéad O’Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live and tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II while singing an Acappella version of Bob Marley’s “War” in protest against child sexu@l abuse within the Catholic Church. She was met with severe backlash at the time. Still, her actions foreshadowed the ongoing scandals and cover-ups that have since been exposed.

John Snow and the Cholera Outbreak

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In 1854, a devastating cholera outbreak hit London. While most people believed it was caused by miasma (bad air), physician John Snow had a different theory – water contamination. He investigated and found that a water pump was the outbreak’s source. People initially ignored John Snow’s warning to stop using the contaminated water, but eventually led to the discovery of bacteria as a cause of the disease.

Courtney Love and Harvey Weinstein

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In 2005, Courtney Love warned aspiring actresses to stay away from disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. She advised young women not to go to his private party at a hotel. Her warnings went unheeded until the #MeToo movement surfaced in 2017.

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