There's never been an easy way to predict the future. Even the most reasonable and conservative ideas can seem a little short-sighted in hindsight.
Then there are the outliers; predictions that look completely crazy when we look back from where we are now. Even the most rational of men fell victim to making claims that missed the mark by a barnyard mile.
Let's take a look at some of the predictions of the past that simply never came to pass because from where we stand now with the benefit of "being in the future," they're a bit bonkers.