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On Not Signing The Beatles
Decca Recording Company expressed their opinion on signing the Fab Four in 1962–and it wasn’t positive: “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” But according to cbsnews.com, the Beatles have sold 1.6 billion singles in the U.S. and 177 million albums. So much for guitar music being “on the way out.”
On the Popularity of Harry Potter
Publishing executives sounded pretty positive that Harry Potter would be a flop when they wrote this to J.K. Rowling in 1996: “Children just aren’t interested in witches and wizards anymore.” They probably wish they could use an “obliviate” spell right about now.
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On the Risks of Smoking
“If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one,” said W.C. Heuper, the director of the National Cancer Institute’s Environmental Cancer Section, in 1954. Whoops.