36 Historical Predictions: How’d That Turn Out?

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36 Historical Predictions: How’d That Turn Out?

These historical and pop-culture figures swung for the fences in terms of their predictions of the future. Thankfully, were now in the unique position of being able to see exactly how they turned out. 

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IN 1898, MARK TWAIN MADE UP THE TELELECTROSCOPE. OR, AS WE CALL IT, THE INTERNET. The improved 'limitless- distance' telephone was presently introduced, and LOLAND made daily visible doings discussable to everybody, the of the by witnesses audibly separated by too, 100 any number of leagues. Day by day, and night by night, he called up one corner of the globe after another, and looked upon its life, and studied its strange sights, and spoke with its people, and realized that by grace of this marvellous instrument he was almost as free as the birds of the air. -From the

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IN THEIR PILOT EPISODE, THE LONE GUNMEN THWARTED A PLOT TO HIJACK A PLANE AND CRASH IT INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. (Cue X-Files theme music.) It aired in March, 2001. CRACKED.COM https://youtube@ruM32hHsLo

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36 Historical Predictions: How’d That Turn Out?

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A 1986 ISSUE OF MAN OF STEEL FEATURED LOIS LANE TRAVELING ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE WHEN IT MET WITH DISASTER AND SUPES HAD TO RESCUE HER. As the artist was completing it, the Challenger disaster happened, killing teacher Christa McAuliffe and all the astronauts on board. DE TEST SECURITY THE COMICS MAN EVENT OF OF THE STEEL CE man NO.1 THE R.L. RESTENDAY METROPOLIS 2000 ALL F can on THE CELEBRATIONS FOR TWO HUNDRED AND AFTER SPECIAL ADDANSEMENTS AND BEEN ANNVERSARY MADE 10 - THE EXPERIMENTAL SPACE-PLANE LAND AT METROPOLIS INTERNATIONAL PENT OUT a the AMPORT 10 EVERYTHING SEEMED TO

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55 50 AVAILABILITY 5 OF MEAT SEPTEMBER 1913 GRAGKED.COM If current trends continue, Americans in the 21st century will live as the low-caste Chinaman does now, on rice and vegetables, and like him, slothful creatures, anaemic and without initiative. -Gustav Bischoff, Meat Packers Association

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55 MOVING 50 5 HOUSES JULY 1971 CRACKED.COM The house of the future would have no roots Gone would be water pipes, drains, power lines; the autonomous home could therefore move, or be moved, to anywhere on earth. -Arthur C. Clarke. Не wasn't predicting RVs, which already existed.

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50 FASHION 5 FEBRUARY 1939 CRACKED G COM The man of the next century will revolt against shaving... His hat will be an antenna. His socks, disposable. His belt will hold all his pockets ever did. -Vogue. They were right about beards, at least.

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65 50 REMOTE 5 DIAGNOSES 1905 CRACKED.COM The Popular Mechanics version of medical video conferencing included an electric handshake that touches you from afar. That didn't come to pass. And if it did, you know we'd have it shaking body parts for decidedly non-medical purposes.

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GOLD SCARCITY 20 1911 GRACKED.COM Gold has even now but a few years to live. The day is near when bars of it will be as common and as cheap as bars of iron and blocks of steel. -Thomas Edison, keeping the dream of alchemy alive.

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