#1: Rocket mail
In 1959, the US Postmaster General, Arthur Summerfield, predicted that guided missiles would become the usual method for delivering mail before a human reached the moon. We have email now, but still no rocket mail.
#2: Nuclear vacuums
In 1955, Alex Lewyt, the president of a vacuum cleaner company, predicted that within 10 years nuclear power would run vacuums. What did he think people would do with the radioactive waste?
#3: Ape workers
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