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.
He accused Lance Armstrong of doping long before anyone believed him. Trek bikes even made him apologize for saying it.
“Pistol Pete” Maravich
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.
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.
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.
He advocated for cockpit security and locks years before 9/11 happened.
Photos: 25. Benjamin Werner, GregLeMond.1989 Tour de France st 21.TT-crop (2), CC BY 2.0
, 21. Sage Ross, Ralph Nader in Waterbury 9, October 4, 2008, CC BY-SA 3.0Sage Ross via wikimedia commons, 20. Corey Leopold via flickr, 17. Joe Mabel via wikimedia commons, 15. AJ Guel via flickr, 13. Aleph via wikimedia commons, 12. Phil Roeder via flickr, 11. Kai Hendry via flickr, 8. Phillip Pessar via flickr, 4. US Army Corps of Engineers via flickr