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In 1882, Puck Magazine ran a cartoon by F. Opper which featured Thomas Edison in his lab working by candle light trying to get the electric light to work. The calendar on the wall behind him read January 1, 1900. The visual prediction that Edison would keep tinkering with no results in sight for at least another two decades was proven incorrect in 1879 when the inventor gave his first public demonstration of the electric light.
From the book Bad Predictions by Laura Lee
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