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Can you name what people and things are being described from very wrong predictions?

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Dan Povenmire and Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh pitched this show for 16 years and got rejected by Fox, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. Disney said yes, and they ended up doing it all.
Dick Van Dyke turned down the hosting gig for the original version of this game show saying that no one would watch four people guess how much products cost. Cue the losing horns.
In 1783, the Count of Aranda said that this then-new nation would last and that Spain should reform to prevent losing their colonies. King Charles III thought differently.
Even though he played the same position as Clyde Drexler, the Portland Trail Blazers are still infamous for taking Sam Bowie in the 1984 NBA Draft over him.
Phil Vischer sent footage of this Christian series to Nickelodeon but got rejected due to Nick not wanting a CG-animated show. Oh, did Phil's idea 'produce.'
After several failures and getting ZERO dollars via Kickstarter, developer Scott Cawthon put out this game and hoped for the best. Several animatronic jump scares later...
Guillermo del Toro's take on The Creature from the Black Lagoon was rejected by Universal. While the Dark Universe flopped, that pitch became this Oscar Best Picture winner.
When it was first released, this Bizet opera was savaged by critics and tickets were being given away to improve attendance numbers.
When it first aired, it was seen as filler to replace Johnny Carson's Tonight Show reruns. By the way, Live from New York...
Jon Stewart mocked the idea of a hip-hop musical based on American history on The Daily Show. Even though its own creator didn't think it would last, he didn't throw away his shot.
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In late 80's/early 90's, 'Mean' Mark Callous was more of an afterthought at WCW. Desperate to save his career, he jumped ship to WWF and would 'bury' the competition as this.
At the 1988 Democratic National Convention, this then-governor gave a speech so boring that it was booed and called 'nationally televised political suicide.' Four years later...
No studio wanted to make this time travel classic because they believed the humor wasn't raunchy enough. Or in Disney's case, TOO raunchy.
During construction, it was known as 'Walt's Folly' and its opening day was dubbed 'Walt's Nightmare.' Things would turn around in Anaheim...
Mattel initially turned down the opportunity to make toys for this movie saying that they wouldn't be distinguishable from other dinosaur toys.
Richard Nixon created this national railway as a last gasp for passenger trains. Today, it maintains a significant passenger base, especially in the Northeast.
Jerry Siegel and Jerry Shuster were repeatedly told that this character was too ridiculous to be printed. When he was finally published, he took off faster than a speeding bullet.
One modeling agency told her, still known as Norma Jean Baker, to consider secretary work over modeling and acting.
Napoleon to this steamship inventor: 'You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I have no time for such nonsense!'
Allegedly, there were over 5,000 lawsuits filed against the construction of this. Suffice it to say that San Francisco has warmed up to it.

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