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When a Parliamentary commission asked the chief engineer of the post office, Sir William Preece, what impact a new invention called the "telephone" would have, he said replied that the Americans might find some use for it but we in Great Britain already had more than enough messenger boys!

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A mediaeval inquiry into a new invention, the printing press, concluded that while it was indeed very ingenious it was not at all useful and funding for Mr Gutenburg should be stopped. Their reasoning? Well, as such a tiny portion of the population could read, what was the point of mass producing books?

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Yeah... Well, who needs space travel, huh? WE are quite well off here on earth.

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Firlefanz wrote:
WE are quite well off here on earth.

Yeap. As far as we keep at a safe distance from its edges....

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I agree whole-heartedly.

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Ah, famous last words . . . The irony is so beautiful I could weep . . .

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