Predictions of the Year 2000, in 1900

Submitted by: buddy 9 years ago Misc
http://www.yorktownhistory.org/homepages/1900_predictions.htm

A lot of these came true!
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Female 36
the education thing wasn`t far off. you know ... scholarships and grants.
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Male 48
No C? I can uderstand Q and X, but C?
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Female 920
So who wrote these?
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Female 1,398
`peas as big as radishes, and strawberries as big as apples`.
Oh yeah, and the one that said `animals won`t have horns, there won`t be any wild animals, and we will breed them ONLY for the stuff they provide`. nowadays the animal rights activists will kill you if you pull your dog`s tail.
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Male 213
THIS IS A SHOP. I can from the pixels and from having seen quite a few shops in my time.
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Male 42
After reading this I found it hard to believe it. There were several inconstancies that I found, the average lifespan was longer then 35 years, boars have never been able to outrun horse and the ladies home journal was a magerzine roughly the eqivalent to the modern gossip mag. It dealt with housewife issue including relationships, cleaning and cooking. It was aimed at the middleclass and the current issues dealing with women at that time, the main one being womens suffrage. This journal was not the same as todays journals which are meant to be scholarly this was an informal gossip mag and would probs not contain something that was compiled by the foremost people of their fields. John Elfreth Watkins seems to be someone heavily involved with the railroads. Several words and phrases also ring bells I don`t believe the word car had been invented and also most people can tell you that langauge doesn`t evolve so fast that letters are removed and spelling is revolusnised in a century.
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Female 98
Oh yes, #16 woul be "So so benificial"
what a tard.
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Male 601
-That Was Pretty Interesting.-

Crux! It`s you!

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Male 693
Prediction #5 is pretty accurate, nice. :-D
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Male 38
get*
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Male 38
I`ll ge Snopes on this!
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Male 1,228
There Will Be No Street Cars in Our Large Cities.
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Male 614
Repost. :/
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Male 1,371
hahahahahhahaha #3 yeah :(

5 was kinda right

6 was completely right except for the first sentence

if only #11 :(

adulterated produce? lol

22 would be so cool

oranges may grow in philadelphia with global warming and all ;d

cool though its probably fake ;D


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Male 178
There will be air-ships, but they will not successfully compete with surface cars and water vessels for passenger or freight traffic. They will be maintained as deadly war-vessels by all military nations. Some will transport men and goods.

that was rite! to rite...... hmmmmm ...time travel?

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Male 178
Prediction #10: Man will See Around the World !! Yeah, stupid, how would that be possible? Giant glasses or something?

have you heard of sattilite pictures?

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Male 25
@Baalthazaq
You have to love the 1k char limit. The Model T is correctly NOT the first automobile. Just the first to be mass produced, which made it in turn affordable to many (due to Fords refinement of the assembly line) and becomes more entrenched in society to where everyone (generally speaking) would know what one is. Thus the posting of such. So the correction by Baalthazag is duly noted. My thanks.

And thank you the_duke for doing my dirty work against ieatbunnies.

The term `automobile` still goes to the Italian panter Martini.

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Male 151
`Cattle and sheep will have no horns`

OH EM GEE THEY WERE RIGHT!!!!!11 xD

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Male 703
Prediction #11: No Mosquitoes nor Flies. Insect screens will be unnecessary. Mosquitoes, house-flies and roaches will have been practically exterminated. Boards of health will have destroyed all mosquito haunts and breeding-grounds, drained all stagnant pools, filled in all swamp-lands, and chemically treated all still-water streams. The extermination of the horse and its stable will reduce the house-fly.
Why didn`t this one come true!?!?!?
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Male 349
im going to go ahead and call shinanigans on this one
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Female 1,382
The person who wrote thjis is a f***head
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Female 1,382
The letter C is pretty though!
Oshean? (bleee)
Kake? (erm?)
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Male 3
ieatbunnies:

"You are partly correct, automobile was derived and the phrase coined before 1900, but it was named after Nicolaus Otto and his first combustable engine in 1876. And automobile was coined by Gottlieb Daimler when he tooks Ottos engine and attached it to a stagecoach. Although some argue it was Wilhelm Maybach around the same years."

François Isaac de Rivaz created the first internal combustion engine in 1806.

Do you really think that someone would bastardize someone`s name from Otto to auto when, coincidently, the object in question propels itself? That is a huge leap of faith. I`m not sure where you think you learned that little tidbit, but maybe you should consider thinking or looking things up before posting.

Beyond that, 2 Italians patented Otto`s engine 22 years before he created it.

Finally, Ferdinand Verbiest may have built the first steam powered car around 1672.

All of this = you lose.

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Female 190
rofl.
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Female 607
That`s fantastic, that they predicted so many things that in a round-about way have come true. My favorite though is:

Prediction #16: There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary. Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by the newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas, and will be more extensively spoken than any other. Russian will rank second.

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Male 134
ok, ppl, almost every one of these is true, or very possible. #1 right on the money #2 mostly true, 3 some true, 4 not true 5 mostly true, but probably even faster, 6 not true with pricing, but true in concept 7, when you think about it, true, more ppl drive regularly than fly. 8 some specifics are not true, such as thunder bolts, but in essence, true 9 true 10 true 11 not true, but improved on, i.e. insect spray, 12 not true, but very possible with genetic engineering, 13 same 14 also probably possible 15 more true than it was then, 16 should be true, but unfortunately not, 17 wish was true, all of it, including the simplified language, 18 very true 19 mostly true or possible 20 more true 21 true, except for the plants part, individual ac or heating is true tho 22 not true 23 somewhat true 24 the greenhouse part is true 25 true 26 repeat from before 27 parts are true, not the medicine but the others 28 not true, thank god, 29 trueish, but faster
there, hows that for a summary
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Male 602
Wait, if mosquitoes were wiped out, how will disease spread to animals who reproduce quickly? With disease, the Earth lives longer.
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Male 593
^^They did. Take a look at #9... pretty close, don`t you think?

And Goldfishgal, I GO to a free university.

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Male 880
@ Cylomar
Yes, in fact it was coined well before 1900:
"The origin of the word automobile is credited to a 14th Century Italian painter and engineer named Martini. The word comes from the Greek word, "auto," (meaning self) and the Latin word, "mobils," (meaning moving). He never built an automobile, but he did draw plans for a man-powered carriage with four wheels."

You are partly correct, automobile was derived and the phrase coined before 1900, but it was named after Nicolaus Otto and his first combustable engine in 1876. And automobile was coined by Gottlieb Daimler when he tooks Ottos engine and attached it to a stagecoach. Although some argue it was Wilhelm Maybach around the same years.

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Female 167
I can`t believe how cynical you guys all are. Those were pretty amazing. Very close in many ways.

Oh no, they didn`t predict the internet!

Most of the predictions were at the very least half right.

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Male 4,547
Here`s a prediction for you:
By 2050, a $1000 computer will be more powerful than a human mind. By 2100, a $1000 computer will be more powerful than the human race.

(Adjusted for inflation).

Incidentally it will take until ~2200 for humans to design a program capable of mimicking the human thought process.

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Male 4,547
1)The article was written by a man.
2)Predictions were collected from "experts in their field".
3)All the wording is wrong, but most of the conclusions are pretty close. "Pictures will be telegraphed" is close to filesharing.

Admittedly he didn`t mention routers or modems or token ring networking, but was he wrong? No.

Also, the ford model T was not the first automobile. The first AMERICAN GASOLINE powered one was 1891, and that`s not counting American steam driven ones which were earlier and that`s not counting earlier examples in Germany and before that in France in 1769.

Similarly the Wright Brothers were not the inventors of flight, nor powered flight, nor manned powered flight, nor manned powered heavier than air flight, nor even manned powered heavier than air controlled flight. All those were done before. They were the first manned powered heavier than air controlled flight... with a successful landing. Innovative huh?

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Female 269
Wow. That`s pretty awesome!

If only they`d been right about the "no mosquitos or flies" thing!

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Male 1,866
Awesome..
and before we all make fun of the people/person who made these predictions, let`s see us try to compile a list of preditions for 2100...
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Male 2,720
^ Three years ago, I predicted you`d say that.

Spooky.

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Male 98
you know i submitted this a week ago and it didnt get posted, but thats cool
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Male 842
lol, good point. 2100 anyone?

And actually, the whole thing about universities being free isn`t actually too far-fetched. We have these really cool things called scholarships. Financial aid is available too, depending on need.

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Male 2,616
"id love to see if we made a list of predictions for the year 3000."

These predictions were just 100 years into the future... 1000 would be pretty difficult.

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Female 338
No C, X or Q?

Sorry Sesame Street, you`re going to have to find some new sponsors.

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Male 552
Store Purchases by Tube. Pneumatic tubes, instead of store wagons, will deliver packages and bundles. These tubes will collect, deliver and transport mail over certain distances, perhaps for hundreds of miles. They will at first connect with the private houses of the wealthy; then with all homes. Great business establishments will extend them to stations, similar to our branch post-offices of today, whence fast automobile vehicles will distribute purchases from house to house.

That would be cool.

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Male 132
"Prediction #16"
C is a very necessary letter, I think
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Male 743
Hey buddy,quick question,why were you on this site??
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Male 994
Most of those predictions came true in the weird sorta way.

Like the living until 50 thing.

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Female 1,065
Prediction 11 won`t be achieved until another five billion years thanks to New York City..
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Female 43
there idea of the future is pretty bad
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Male 732
@modernbenoni: Just because it`s called "Ladies Journal", it doesn`t mean that everyone who works for it is a "lady".
And if you had paid attention, you`d know that the author`s name is "John Elfreth Watkins, Jr.", not a very lady-like name.

Anyway, they seemed to think that exterminating a species is a good thing.
It`s good, that it didn`t come so far!

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Male 625
vote for the liberal democrats and universities will be free! (applies to great britain)
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Male 1,114
BABY_BEAR: Thursday, May 03, 2007 11:45:46 AM
wow...he was RUBBISH! the only things he was right about were the things that were already happening in their infant stages back then or the most obvious progressions.

He...?
its from the ladies journal...

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Male 1,114
"Strawberries as Large as Apples will be eaten by our great-great-grandchildren for their Christmas dinners a hundred years hence. Raspberries and blackberries will be as large. One will suffice for the fruit course of each person. Strawberries and cranberries will be grown upon tall bushes. Cranberries, gooseberries and currants will be as large as oranges. One cantaloupe will supply an entire family. Melons, cherries, grapes, plums, apples, pears, peaches and all berries will be seedless. Figs will be cultivated over the entire United States." tee hee
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Male 104
about Prediction #23, I would like to go back in time, get the man who wrote that. and take him to a frickin Mcdonalds.
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Male 109
No Qs?Yay, no more waiting!

Ohhhhhhh, the LETTER Q.Hmph.:-(

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Male 1,024
neat-o.

predicted the internet.
wish my education was free.

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Male 330
Come to think of it, the letter "C" is pretty useless. Just use a "K" or an "S" instead.

But how would the abandonment of a letter occur, anyway?

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Male 14
Some seems like pure idocy, but even more is real today. Maybe it`s because scientests worked on those suggestions?
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Female 1,395
wow...he was RUBBISH! the only things he was right about were the things that were already happening in their infant stages back then or the most obvious progressions.
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Male 25
"December 1900 was before both World Wars, the first flight at Kitty Hawk and the Ford Model T. You raise a valid point. So apparently he coined the term automobile before the automobile was invented? That`s a load of crap"
-kawawakaba

Yes, in fact it was coined well before 1900:
"The origin of the word automobile is credited to a 14th Century Italian painter and engineer named Martini. The word comes from the Greek word, "auto," (meaning self) and the Latin word, "mobils," (meaning moving). He never built an automobile, but he did draw plans for a man-powered carriage with four wheels."

Source: http://www.lib.wayne.edu/resources/speci...

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Female 31
If anyone actually read the whole article then a lot of the predictions did come true
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Male 468
id love to see if we made a list of predictions for the year 3000..
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Male 2,958
-"A lot of these came true!"

Define "a lot".-

A lot: More than one by a bunch.

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Female 172
that`s pretty coolie, i think.
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Male 1,406
The tubes exists in futurama. The one with everything being electronic was right on the money, but it`s no suprise it was.
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Male 25
"Automobile sleigh ... huh?"
-Lixa123

Snowmobile.

"were not a stretch of imagination, except the war one."
-kennybrooks

This I don`t think is any stretch of the imagination. You just have to think what they deal with. December 1900 was before both World Wars, the first flight at Kitty Hawk and the Ford Model T. "Aerial Warships" and "Forts on Wheels" can be looked at as jets, bombers and tanks. "Fleets of airships" hiding would be the stealth technology instead of the zeppelins/balloons as envisioned here. While trench warfare went out durring WWII (thus not needing a vehicle to de-trench soldiers), others such as "balloons and flying machines will carry telescopes" could be envisioned as satellites of today.

Granted, while you still need some semblance of an imagination, it`s not that big a stretch. But you`re right on the 20% prediction any can do. This I`d say was more than 70% though.

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Male 404
[quote]On 5/3/2007 7:31:03 AM bored-am-I wrote: Prediction #10: Man will See Around the World !! Yeah, stupid, how would that be possible? Giant glasses or something? [/quote]

umm..... ever heard of the televison...?

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Male 756
"A lot of these came true!"

Define "a lot". That`s really stretching it.

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Male 3,369
Not bad...The problem was/is they where thinking about stuff they knew could work..They certainly couldnt think up any knew technologys. They where right, about the ready meals concept in a weird way. They where right about photos going from one side of the world to another..

Well..a lot of it was right, from a certian point of view!

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Male 1,217
^webcam?..??

notice how its the LADIES home journal. men, being the majority of high positions, dont know what to do next. i wonder how life would be with all-woman governments...

...you know what scratch that question.

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Male 784
Prediction #10: Man will See Around the World !!
Yeah, stupid, how would that be possible? Giant glasses or something?
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Female 399
It makes me sad to read this. Quite a lot of it was so optimistic - they thought we`d be better, fitter, cleverer than we really are.
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Male 838
"Mosquitoes, house-flies and roaches will have been practically exterminated."
Keep dreaming...keep dreaming!
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Male 36
About 20% correct at most. The ones that were, were not a stretch of imagination, except the war one. Almost anyone can predict the future at a 20% rate.
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Female 2,144
That Was Pretty Interesting.
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Female 579
Automobile sleigh ... huh?
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Female 426
Wow I wish the one about free universities were true.
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Male 902
`Prediction #22: Store Purchases by Tube.`

Well, the internet is a series of tubes....

But I`m actually very surprised by the amount that they hit dead on or close enough to be negligible. Nostradamus on the staff at Ladies Home Journal?

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Male 10,115
Link: Predictions of the Year 2000, in 1900 [Rate Link] - A lot of these came true!
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