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    buddy Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2007 at 5:35 am
    Link: Predictions of the Year 2000, in 1900 - A lot of these came true!
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    HylianNinja Male 18-29
    902 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 6:07 am
    `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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    Goldfishgal Female 18-29
    426 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 6:07 am
    Wow I wish the one about free universities were true.
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    Lixa123 Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2007 at 6:29 am
    Automobile sleigh ... huh?
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    cruxshadows Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2007 at 6:42 am
    That Was Pretty Interesting.
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    kennybrooks Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2007 at 6:43 am
    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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    Argh_Beast Male 18-29
    838 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 6:45 am
    "Mosquitoes, house-flies and roaches will have been practically exterminated."
    Keep dreaming...keep dreaming!
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    Vikstar Female 18-29
    399 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 7:25 am
    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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    bored-am-I Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2007 at 7:31 am
    Prediction #10: Man will See Around the World !!
    Yeah, stupid, how would that be possible? Giant glasses or something?
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    maples Male 13-17
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    May 3, 2007 at 8:02 am
    ^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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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2007 at 8:24 am
    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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    patriotpappy Male 50-59
    756 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 9:04 am
    "A lot of these came true!"

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

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    dogdude1 Male 13-17
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    May 3, 2007 at 9:23 am
    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?

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

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    Cylomar Male 18-29
    25 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 9:37 am
    "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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    CheeseMan1 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2007 at 9:57 am
    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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    kawawakaba
    123 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 10:07 am
    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
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    FlowrPowr10 Female 13-17
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    May 3, 2007 at 10:15 am
    that`s pretty coolie, i think.
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    B-Hazard Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2007 at 10:25 am
    -"A lot of these came true!"

    Define "a lot".-

    A lot: More than one by a bunch.

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    philitup23 Male 18-29
    468 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 11:08 am
    id love to see if we made a list of predictions for the year 3000..
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    called2prs Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2007 at 11:13 am
    If anyone actually read the whole article then a lot of the predictions did come true
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    Cylomar Male 18-29
    25 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 11:23 am
    "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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    BABY_BEAR Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2007 at 11:45 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.
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    cardmodeler Male 13-17
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    May 3, 2007 at 11:56 am
    Some seems like pure idocy, but even more is real today. Maybe it`s because scientests worked on those suggestions?
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    DBtG Male 18-29
    330 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 12:48 pm
    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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    jetmark Male 30-39
    1024 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    neat-o.

    predicted the internet.
    wish my education was free.

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    sponjman07 Male 13-17
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    May 3, 2007 at 1:17 pm
    No Qs?Yay, no more waiting!

    Ohhhhhhh, the LETTER Q.Hmph.:-(

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    whathappend5 Male 30-39
    104 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 1:27 pm
    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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    modernbenoni Male 70 & Over
    1114 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 1:45 pm
    "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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    modernbenoni Male 70 & Over
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    May 3, 2007 at 1:50 pm
    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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    thetoastking Male 18-29
    625 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 2:05 pm
    vote for the liberal democrats and universities will be free! (applies to great britain)
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    TomSFox Male 18-29
    732 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 2:20 pm
    @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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    whatlarks Female 13-17
    43 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 4:07 pm
    there idea of the future is pretty bad
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    HaruHaru Female 13-17
    1065 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 4:24 pm
    Prediction 11 won`t be achieved until another five billion years thanks to New York City..
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    sulu Male 18-29
    994 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 4:42 pm
    Most of those predictions came true in the weird sorta way.

    Like the living until 50 thing.

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    42467 Male 18-29
    743 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 4:53 pm
    Hey buddy,quick question,why were you on this site??
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    dashrendar98 Male 13-17
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    May 3, 2007 at 4:53 pm
    "Prediction #16"
    C is a very necessary letter, I think
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    crazyguy24 Male 18-29
    552 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm
    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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    cambriaseyes Female 18-29
    338 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 6:23 pm
    No C, X or Q?

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

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    AKappy Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    "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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    Djer Male 18-29
    842 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 6:43 pm
    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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    spack12 Male 13-17
    98 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 6:44 pm
    you know i submitted this a week ago and it didnt get posted, but thats cool
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    deaf_woman Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2007 at 7:05 pm
    ^ Three years ago, I predicted you`d say that.

    Spooky.

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    shizzaster Male 13-17
    1866 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 7:22 pm
    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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    ARC123 Female 13-17
    269 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 7:31 pm
    Wow. That`s pretty awesome!

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

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 7:53 pm
    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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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 8:01 pm
    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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    asiina Female 18-29
    167 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 8:23 pm
    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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    ieatbunnies Male 30-39
    880 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 8:30 pm
    @ 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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    Disco_Stu Male 18-29
    593 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 8:30 pm
    ^^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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    GrnFantasic Male 13-17
    602 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 8:33 pm
    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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    lenashawitz Male 18-29
    134 posts
    May 3, 2007 at 8:49 pm
    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
  52. Profile photo of ten_10
    ten_10 Female 18-29
    607 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 1:12 am
    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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    SuperQuack_x Female 13-17
    190 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 1:22 am
    rofl.
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    the_duke Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2007 at 2:42 am
    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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    Yumiii Female 13-17
    1382 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 3:04 am
    The letter C is pretty though!
    Oshean? (bleee)
    Kake? (erm?)
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    Yumiii Female 13-17
    1382 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 3:10 am
    The person who wrote thjis is a f***head
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    lemurarmy Male 18-29
    349 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 4:57 am
    im going to go ahead and call shinanigans on this one
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    letsgopoping Male 18-29
    703 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 12:07 pm
    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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    Capt-Palmsy Male 13-17
    151 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 2:15 pm
    `Cattle and sheep will have no horns`

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

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    Cylomar Male 18-29
    25 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 2:25 pm
    @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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    retarderd Male 50-59
    178 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 3:13 pm
    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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    retarderd Male 50-59
    178 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 3:20 pm
    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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    someone? Male 13-17
    1371 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 4:05 pm
    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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    bluethen Male 13-17
    616 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 4:25 pm
    Repost. :/
  65. Profile photo of Shoyz
    Shoyz Male 13-17
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    May 4, 2007 at 7:33 pm
    There Will Be No Street Cars in Our Large Cities.
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    Giacona Male 13-17
    38 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 9:34 pm
    I`ll ge Snopes on this!
  67. Profile photo of Giacona
    Giacona Male 13-17
    38 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 9:34 pm
    get*
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    soro Male 13-17
    693 posts
    May 4, 2007 at 10:33 pm
    Prediction #5 is pretty accurate, nice. :-D
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    kylethehappy Male 13-17
    601 posts
    May 5, 2007 at 12:50 am
    -That Was Pretty Interesting.-

    Crux! It`s you!

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    TamponString Female 13-17
    99 posts
    May 5, 2007 at 12:58 pm
    Oh yes, #16 woul be "So so benificial"
    what a tard.
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    bobdavenport Male 18-29
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    May 6, 2007 at 1:11 pm
    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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    NeverAiling Male 18-29
    213 posts
    May 8, 2007 at 10:55 am
    THIS IS A SHOP. I can from the pixels and from having seen quite a few shops in my time.
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    Woot45 Female 13-17
    1398 posts
    May 9, 2007 at 12:28 am
    `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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    Mbirdgurl Female 13-17
    920 posts
    May 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm
    So who wrote these?
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    HourGlass Male 13-17
    48 posts
    May 15, 2007 at 3:01 pm
    No C? I can uderstand Q and X, but C?
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    erinmmathis Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2007 at 7:21 pm
    the education thing wasn`t far off. you know ... scholarships and grants.

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