Humans are fallible, and that fallibility sometimes leads to skepticism. However, even though some have been mocked or denounced for their claims, time always reveals who's right in the end.
Here, people share stories of those who ended up being right all along.
1/28. John Maynard Keynes predicted that the war reparations imposed on Germany at the Treaty of Versailles would lead to hyperinflation, the rise of a dictator, and another World War.
2/28. Well, me.
I was fired in 2015 for telling my employer that their welding practices were unacceptable and that I was legally obligated to report it. (By "fired" I mean I was on a probationary contract, and was given no more work until it ran out a month later.)
A year later, the Navy had to pull the subs from active service and they're out millions of dollars in rework and repair. They're lucky nobody died. (Source)
I haven't been able to find work since and I'm possibly going to lose my house. That's probably a coincidence. Probably.
3/28. Winston Churchill knew very early on that Britain was probably going to have to go to war with the Nazis, and that the Munich agreement was a ploy. Luckily, he was able to convince many higher ups that he was right. While Chamberlain was celebrating "peace in our time", Britain's factories were already tooling up for total war.
When the Munich agreement was signed, Britain was making about 250 warplanes a month. When Germany invaded France less than two years later, the number was over 1500.
4/28. Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian doctor who suggested doctors needed to wash their hands more often.
He noticed that women were getting Puerperal fever at an alarming rate at Vienna General Hospital, because doctors were going from handling cadavers directly to delivering babies without washing their hands. He suggested that doctors wash their hands in a solution of chlorinated lime.
Naturally, he was scoffed at, nobody took him seriously, he suffered a mental breakdown, and wound up being committed to an asylum at age 47, where he died after being badly beaten by the guards.
His findings were later confirmed by Louis Pasteur's confirmation of Germ Theory, and Joseph Lister's pioneering work in using antiseptics in surgery. Semmelweis didn't understand why the cadaver handling led to women dying in childbirth, but he was right that the doctors needed to up their hygiene game.
5/28. Peter Norman.
He's the white guy in that Olympic photo of the two Black athletes (Smith and Carlos) doing the Black Power salute.
In the photo he his wearing a badge. He decided to wear it after noticing Smith and Carlos were wearing theirs. It reads "Olympic Project for Human Rights", a group of Olympians in support of human rights.
When he came home to Australia he was hated. He was not invited to another Olympics even though he was qualified.
He couldn't find steady work so he worked as a gym teacher and a butcher, before an injury caused him to contract gangrene. He became depressed and an alcoholic.
He was offered a pardon to return to the sport, a move which would have also secured him a job, if he condemned his fellow co-athletes. He refused.
He died in 2006. At his funeral, Smith and Carlos were his pallbearers.
In 2012 the Australian Parliament issued a formal apology for what was done to him.
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