25 People Who Turned Out To Actually Be Right

Posted by , Updated on March 2, 2017


Although most conspiracy theories really are nothing more than just wishful thinking, every once in a while someone comes along who makes a legitimate (albeit unpopular) prediction that is eventually vindicated by history. Today we are going to take a look back at some of the most well known cases. These are 25 people who turned out to actually be right.


Greg Lemond

greg-lemondSource: wikipedia

He accused Lance Armstrong of doping long before anyone believed him. Trek bikes even made him apologize for saying it.


“Pistol Pete” Maravich

“Pistol Pete” MaravichSource: wikipedia, Image: wikimedia commons (public domain: published b/w 1923 & 1977 w/o copyright notice)

He once told reporter Andy Nuzzo that he didn’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and then die of a heart attack when he’s 40. He went on to play 10 years in the NBA and then die of a heart attack at the age of 40.


Alfred Wegener

Alfred WegenerSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life + 70 yrs)

A German scientist, Alfred first discovered and hypothesized continental drift. It wasn’t until we developed sonar and could actually map the ocean floor that we stopped laughing at his “ludicrous” ideas.


Ignaz Semmelweis

Ignaz SemmelweisSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life + 70 yrs)

A Hungarian physician, he suggested that doctors should wash their hands more often to prevent the spread of disease. He was basically laughed at. It wasn’t until we discovered germ theory that we started to take him seriously. Unfortunately, Semmelweis died rejected and alone long before this point.


Ralph Nader

Ralph NaderSource: wikipedia

He advocated for cockpit security and locks years before 9/11 happened.


Lindy Chamberlain

UluruSource: wikipedia

Her daughter, Azaria, disappeared on a family trip to Uluru in Australia. Lindy claimed that her daughter was taken and eaten by a dingo. Authorities disbelieved her story and arrested her for murder. 30 years later, it was proven that a dingo had in fact eaten her baby.


Rick Rescorla

Rick RescorlaSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

A retired soldier, Rick foresaw the very real possibility of an attack on the World Trade Center and implemented a detailed escape plan. In spite of dying during the attacks, many lives were saved because of his foresight. (John P. O’Neill, who also worked security at the World Trade Center and died during the attacks, should be mentioned as well. He had worked previously for the FBI and was basically laughed out of the organization for his ideas that an attack was imminent.)


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. EisenhowerSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

He warned us about the military industrial complex in his final speech.


Clair Cameron Patterson

leaded gasolineSource: wikipedia

After discovering the health issues posed by lead in gasoline, he faced an uphill battle against lobbies and corporations.


Ernest Hemingway

Ernest HemingwaySource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: publication before 1923)

He claimed that the FBI was spying on him. Turns out he was right.


George Bush Sr

George Bush SrSource: wikipedia

In spite of the media, the government, and even the public telling him to keep chasing the Iraqi military across the Kuwaiti border, he refused, citing the fact that eliminating Saddam would lead to a power vacuum. His own son proved him right.


Sometimes it’s good when politicians don’t listen; wait until you see number 4!


Winston Churchill

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He knew that Britain would be at war with the Nazis long before any other higher ups did. While Chamberlain was talking about “peace in our time,” Churchill was convincing the government to start cranking out war machines.


People who claimed that citrus could prevent scurvy

citrusSource: wikipedia

This honor belongs to numerous unnamed people dating all the way back to the 1400’s. It wasn’t until we discovered what vitamins are that these claims began to be taken seriously.


Sanders supporters

bernie sandersSource: wikipedia

They kept saying that the democratic party was conspiring against Bernie. They were right.


People saying the government is spying on us

camerasSource: wikipedia

After Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, it has become pretty clear that the tin foil hats were justified.


Harry Markopolos

ponzi schemeSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

He figured out the Madoff ponzi scheme many years before it actually fell apart. The SEC, however, refused to listen to him.


Dimitri Mendeleev

Dimitri MendeleevSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life + 70 yrs)

After creating the modern periodic table, he theorized that the gaps were elements that hadn’t been discovered yet. For the next 20 years, people made quite a bit of fun out of him, that is until they started discovering the missing elements.


Biggie Smalls

Biggie SmallsSource: wikipedia

He said in an interview that he thought someone was trying to kill him. Moreover, his first album was titled Ready To Die.


Roger Boisjoly

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A NASA engineer, he strongly objected to the launch of the Challenger because his calculations showed the O-rings would fail in cold weather. We all know what happened next, but Roger was blacklisted from the industry and shunned by colleagues for speaking the truth.


Otto Von Bismarck

Otto Von BismarckImage: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life + 70 yrs)

He predicted the date and starting location of World War I.


Albert Einstein

Albert EinsteinSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: published between 1923 & 1963)

We laughed at the theory of relativity. In fact, even Einstein thought the cosmological constant was the biggest blunder of his life.


Duff Roblin

floodwaySource: wikipedia

While he was the premier of Manitoba, Duff built a floodway to protect Winnipeg from flooding. He was constantly derided for wasting money on something that came to be labeled “Duff’s Ditch.” Since 1968, it has saved Winnipeg from floods nearly 20 times.


William Tecumseh Sherman

William Tecumseh ShermanSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life + 70 yrs)

He predicted the fall of the Confederacy with these words: “The North can make a steam engine, locomotive, or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or pair of shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical, and determined people on Earth — right at your doors. You are bound to fail.”


John Adams

John AdamsSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life + 100 yrs)

He famously said the following: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”


Peter Norman

Peter NormanSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

He’s the unknown white guy in the famous Olympic photo of two black American sprinters doing the Black Power salute on the podium. What most people don’t know is that he wore the same badge as Tommie Smith and John Carlos as he stood with them in solidarity. Because of this, his life in Australia was basically ruined. At one point, the government gave him the option of condemning the American sprinters but he refused. When he died in 2006, Smith and Carlos were the pallbearers at his funeral. The Australian government issued a posthumous apology for the way he was treated.

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