30 People That Were Speaking The Truth Back Then, Yet No One Believed Them

Not many things discourage you more than speaking the truth, yet no one believes you. Your idea, truthful story, or something you worked years to prove simply got ignored or ridiculed. Yet, the time has shown that many good ideas are often ridiculed first.

The issue is that people don’t take something seriously that doesn’t fit their own world model. They might ridicule your idea to sell rocks, yet, some people have made a career selling pebbles. Have you heard of the company Pet Rock? Back in 1975, this company used to sell rocks packed in cardboard boxes to people and made millions.

User AllofaSuddenStory turned to the Ask Reddit community and asked: “Who is someone that was mocked at the moment, but then proven right years later?” And the comments section started flooding with thousands of comments, mentioning various people, from historical figures to today’s celebrities.

Scroll down below and see whom Redditors had to include in this viral thread. Did you ever believe someone when no one else did? What was the case? Let us know!

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Richard Stallman. Warned us back in the 80s that if we allow corporations to rule the internet that nobody will have privacy or freedom on the web, among many other things.

#2

Arsene Wenger. In 2002 he said his team could go a whole season unbeaten. He was roundly mocked, as it had occurred once in the 100+ year history of English football.

Two years later, they did it.

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Al Gore.

I mean, ffs, even South Park apologized to him. And it wasnt even sarcastic.

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Johnny Rotten

Banned from the BBC for ousting Jimmy Savile as being a horrendous pedophile.

Some 500 cases of abuse. Had his own set of keys to a psychiatric hospital where he would frequently abuse vulnerable children.

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Ignác Semmelweis

The first doctor to champion hand washing as a means to prevent spreading infection. Everyone made fun of him.

#6

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis . In 1847 he discovered that doctors washing their hands before delivery led to fewer deaths in women. He hypothesized germ theory, but was ridiculed and mocked by the academic establishment. He ended up having a nervous breakdown and later died in a mental institution. Probably from injuries sustained from beatings he received from the guards. (RIP)

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Joseph Lister

First proposed that germs caused post-operative infections, and recommended that surgical instruments be sterilized between operations.

People thought he was nuts.

#8

megan fox being shouted down and criticised for how she spoke about the way she was treated on the transformers set.

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Courtney Love on Weinstein.

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Stella Liebeck, the lady who got burned with McDonald’s hot coffee. The media mocked her and accused her of a frivolous lawsuit but it was an ongoing problem that McDonald’s served dangerously hot coffees that had injured many others. The coffee was hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns to her pelvic region and she was hospitalized for 8 days while she had to get skin grafts, and continued medical care for 2 years related to the burns. She originally just wanted her medical bills covered but McDonald’s tried giving her an insultingly low amount, so then she was forced to open a lawsuit. The courts rightfully sided with her and forced McDonald’s to regulate the temperature of their hot beverages.

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Dr. Bennet Omalu who found that American football players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy/ brain concussions which were slowly affecting their neurological and psychological functions. He was strongly opposed at first but then proved right. His biographic movie is named ‘ Concussion’.

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Sherry Rowland. Discovered the effect of CFCs on ozone depletion and received an immense level of blowback from the industry. Not only that but invited talks and collabs were rescinded within the scientific community. Poor guy was ostracized. 20 years later after his (and Molina’s) discovery, he’s finally recognized with a Nobel prize.

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John Snow in 1854 tried to tell everyone about cholera, and how it was being caused by the water supply, no one believed him until he took illegal action and saved many lives

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Lindy Chamberlain. A dingo really did eat her baby.

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Henry Freeman, a lifeboatman in Whitby. He tried to get the other lifeboatmen to wear cork lifejackets, but no-one would but him.

During a great storm, the lifeboat was launched several times to help struggling vessels and sailors. On their sixth launch, disaster struck and the lifeboat capsized.

Only Henry survived thanks to his cork life jacket. They became compulsory for lifeboatmen shortly after that.

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The doctor in China, Li Wenliang, who was arrested for trying to stop the spread of Covid from the start.

#17

The “Alvarez hypothesis” two guys who 30 years before anyone had indisputable proof of it hypothesesed the dinosaurs died because of an asteroid. Well they were f*cking right on with that one.

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Johnny Depp when he tried to tell people about how Amber was abusing him.

#19

Bernie Sanders. That dude complains a lot and he may not be right every time but it sure seems like most of the time.

Ralph Nader wasn’t taken seriously about automobile safety. Now we have seatbelts and laws mandating them.

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Barbara Lee was the only congresswoman to vote against going to war in Afghanistan after September 11. Not going to say she was right, but at the time I remember even as a kid thinking she was crazy, and heard alot of the derisive talk much more common today, directed at her. (Not a patriot, traitor, blahblah) 20 Years later, the world seems alot less black and white, and her decision seems ferociously rational against a tide of fear and rage.

#21

Corey feldmen was ridiculed for talking about the abuse he suffered in Hollywood and it wasn’t even a shock, it was obvious that kinda sh*t was going down.

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Chris Crocker.

We all know the Leave Brittney Alone video. We all quoted it at the same and made fun of Chris.

But they turned out to be completely correct. Britney was being pushed too hard by the media, and the aggressive fans and invasive paparazzi were (in part) to blame for her breakdown. We know now that she was controlled by her family for years, and we really shouldn’t have mocked someone trying to draw attention to it. I think part of the mockery came because the breakdown is “funny”, but also because society did – and still does – think that celebrities deserve whatever happens to them, so the paparazzi and the fans aren’t responsible for how their actions hurt celebrities.

#23

Brendan Fraser, that sweet sweet man.

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Alexander Fleming, the man who discovered Penicillin, spent almost 10 years trying to convince the medical bodies of his time that it was worth investing time and resources to experiment with it, but was basically told to pound sand despite the respect he had prior to the discovery.

Lot of good it did me, I was lucky enough to be born allergic. Happy for the rest of you at least.

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Galileo Galilei.

#26

Marie Curie

Discovered polonium and radium and was laughed at for suggesting that radiation could be used to view the human body in ways we couldn’t see.

It’s because of her that we have x-rays. It’s also because of her that we learned that unchecked radiation could also cause cancer.

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Barry Marshall

Helped discover h. Pylori bacteria and the link between it and ulcers. He and his research partner Robin Warren were knocked by the medical community for their beliefs in those link.

Marshall drank a cocktail containing h.pylori, willingly gave himself bacterial induced gastritis, then used antibiotics to cure himself just to prove he was right.

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My classmate in nursing school. He made a big fuss about a “coronavirus” just noticed in China. He asked about if clinicals or classes would be changed because of it. We thought he was absolutely paranoid and insane. We laughed.

#28

Janet Jackson

The whole nipplegate thing made her out to be something she wasn’t whilst Timberlake faced no backlash

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Barry Marshall. Proved that stomach ulcers were a bacterial infection (and not stress) by ingesting (edit) with Helicobacter pylori and then curing himself with an antibiotic.

#30

Gregor Mendel. In the 1860s, he came up with the Principles of Segregation and Independent Assortment, saying that genetic factors are expressed via segregating alleles and different genes.

For about a good 40-ish years, everyone thought he was crazy and didn’t receive much credibility from his peers. However, in the early 1900s, people began to build off of his knowledge and work. Now, he’s known as the father of genetics.

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“I Was Baffled”: Argument Arises When Friends Said This Man Can’t Take His 5 Y.O. Daughter Fishing With Them

What were the rules you had with your friends when you were growing up? Maybe the first one to get married would treat the rest? Maybe the rule was everyone should attend each other’s grand celebrations like graduation ceremonies, marriages, or birthdays!

It wasn’t much different than when Reddit user DaddynDaughterfish and his friends were young. Their rule was simple: every year, they would hold a fishing trip only for themselves. No wives, no girlfriends. The day would only be for them.

Though, sometimes, loopholes can be made in the rules. And it was shown when one of his friends, “Tim”, brought his son to the fishing day. This brought confusion to the friends, but they let it slide because after all, Tim did not bring a wife or a girlfriend. Also, Tim stated that he wanted to pass down their tradition to the next generation.

After some years, OP decided to bring his daughter who was around the same age as Tim’s son. A heated discussion ensued when his friends didn’t allow him to because it was “against the rule.” The confused OP brought this story to the Am I The A-Hole subreddit.

And if you are interested in reading more AITA stories, check out the recent ones we’ve covered by clicking herehere, and here!

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OP and his friends would hold an annual fishing trip with the rule “No wives, no girlfriends”


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One of the friends took his son with him and they had fun


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However, when it was OP’s turn to bring his child, he wasn’t allowed to because it “breaks the rule”





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The story received some confused reactions from the online community. But it appears that the final verdict is that the OP did not break their rule






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