Predictions: ``In the Year 2000...``

Submitted by: fancylad 9 years ago in

In 1900, the Ladies" Home Journal made predictions for the next 100 years. They didn"t do too bad, but some are wacky.
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Male 7
there will be no while animals. hahaha. thats the one thats gets me. O rly? tell that to the bears be-otch!
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Male 436
They got quite a few right or conceptually right. That said when you throw a handfull you`re bound to hit the ground.
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Male 153
...now what are WE thinking TODAY.........
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Male 26
I find swallowing drugs to be much simpler then anything else. stupid to make it harder.
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Male 468
lol few drugs will be swollowed
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Female 1,470
I always said if we took ten people from the 18th century (i no this article its not in that time but w.e.) they would be shocked to see how freaken time has changed.
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Male 404
If they were to remove C Q and X, they should also add letters or change some, for example bring back Ð and Þ and use S as a Hard S (ß) like in German and use Z as a soft S
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Male 206
Man, I want my free college, not have to pay tuition, room and board, and overpriced books
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Male 161
everyone SHOULD be able to walk 10 miles. people are too lazy these days, thats why everyone is so fat now.
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Female 23
Hm. Am I the only one calling fake? Could easily be mocked up, but all seems a bit convenient to me. Anyone got proof of publication?
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Female 562
To England in two days lol!
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Female 156
"Everyone will walk ten miles"?! NONSENSE, I SAY!
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Male 133
Wow. That is amazingly accurate. Oh, and the painless drug thing is in development right now. It`s called "electroporation" and really does exactly what the article says: uses painless electrical impulses to open microscopic holes in the skin to pass drug molecules through.
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Male 625
they pretty much predicted computers in every home 100 years ago. those is some smart bitches
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Male 134
I love the no c x q thing and ive always thought that. I havent even used those letters yet, and when I do, I kan replase them easily. So, get yourself an eks ray, and take a kwiz. So ya, a lot of those were pretty darn akurate. A few werent, Im not sure what they have against animals though, that was kind of strange..
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Male 4,680
Pretty interesting article... or arti_le a__ording to what it said.

Growing plants with ele_tri_ty... weird.

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Female 102
pretty close...
airship - airplane
not close
less drugs - there are so many pill heads now :(
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Male 151
they obviously didn`t understand the food chain, no insects? No wild animals?
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Male 2,216
A lot of that was quite accurate! I wonder how much we`ll get right if we guess what 2108 is going to be like?
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Male 123
continued, due to cut:
chines, so ha!
then get burned anyway.
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Male 123
LOL. These are my favorite:
To england in two days.
Screw two days, a mere few hours.

Air-ships:
You mean Air-planes. The very reason why we can get to England in a few hours.

Everybody will walk ten miles: 10 miles?! Maybe in a year, most of us sit here and read this.

Aerial war ships and forts: Meh. We don`t need those, we`ve got nukes.

Ready-cooked meals to be bought: Mcdonalds, wendies, subway. `nuff said.

Man will see around the world:
2 words, GOOGLE, EARTH.
1 word, CELESTIA if you prefer to see the entire galaxy instead.

Few drugs will be swallowed:
Few? FEW? Man maybe in 2100 this will be accurate.

Telephones around the world:
Try in your pocket, small enough to swallow whole.

Photographs will be Telegraphed: We prefer to use the internet.

God I wish I had a time machine, I`d record a video of our stuff then the 1900 people`s reactions, go back to the future, post it on you-tube.

My excuse to not be burned would be: Future has time ma

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Male 315
That John Efreth Watkins, Jr. was always a dreamer.
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Male 413
bloody hell this is uncanny
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Male 1,111
alright I`ll challenge you:

ready cooked meals: frozen meals
Trains: can travel 300mph now
Aerial warships and forts on wheels: think Tomcat aircraft and a Tank
grand opera/telephoned: it`s called the radio
roses: we have blue roses now as well as the even rarer black

Oranges in Philadelphia: seriously man, do you not get out, go to the market.
strawberries: hmm someone posted a huge ass strawberry take a look a few pages back
to england in two days: I can make it to Japan in one. Much less England. While the details vary a bit, it can happen all the same.


* I can understand the discrepancy on the england comment via the descriptions of an odd idea for a boat
* I appreciate the small room for flexibility left in your original post as well rather than stating as a fact, but I felt like commenting back. So there you go.

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Male 220
Predictions of the future are filtered through the mindset of the past. E.g., the rise of women and people of colour to positions of power is completely unmentioned. Advances in medicine are filtered through what they thought medicine was about.

I love these things because it lets you know more about how people think then than how accurate they were.

But I do recall reading one such article written around 1900 that was _eerily_ accurate. IIRC, the writer gathered opinions from prominent futurists, and they seemed less blinded by their time than this one.

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Male 425
Wasn`t too bad.

Accurate for the most part:
Taller
Hot and cold spigots
No street cars
Photos telegraphed
Man will see around the world
Telephones around the world

At least somewhat accurate:
Ready-cooked meals
Trains 150 mph
No coal
Autos cheaper than horses
Aerial war ships and forts on wheels
Grand opera will be telephoned
Roses
Drugs
Air ships

Inaccurate for the most part:
No wild animals
Children being taught
Purchases by tube
Vegetables grown be electricity
500 million people
Oranges in Philadelphia
Strawberries as large as apples
Peas as large as beets
No mosquitos or flies
Missing letters
No food exposed
Walk 10 miles
To England in two days

And I`d be happy to support my post if you think I`m wrong :-).

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Female 831
that`s amazing. we will eat giant fruit, but people will walk ten miles. Well we do have frankenfruit (though the closest i`ve ever come to one was eating a grapple) but obesity is a major health problem now.

They did predict the internet though! the man will see around the world part.

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Female 458
"C" is actually quite replaceable.
"See" is aktually quite replaseable.

Except in "CH" words. That should have it`s own letter or something if they were to replace "C"

Also, very sad how much good they predicted would come in the world. Healthy, gymnastic, well-educated people. Sad.

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Male 9,305
Pretty accurate, I liked the strawberry size increase idea. We could probably do it, but the marketing might be a pain in the ass.
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Male 297
the whole simplifying language thing reminds me of 1984
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Male 7,933
^^^^^^
PWNED, LOLZ LIKE OMG, TEENS FTW!!!!
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Female 214
coolcrazyguy:
Notice you noticed wrong? Not everyone over 18 had something intelligent to say, and not everyone under 18 complained or said something stupid. Now what was that about being an adult, or did you mean adult language? Seems like you wasted space to me.
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Male 674
Well, at least I can say I wak 10 miles a day ^^ only because its 5 miles to school each way and my car is out of commission.

as for the no drugs, that made me laugh.

For the speeding fridges, well we have that, its called refrigerated trucks and trains.

As for Russian being the second most spoken language, i guess they didnt count on China and India having Mass orgies..., although quite a few of them speak English...

As for the America`s all joining the US, well they were partially right, its called Nafta..


and as stated before, "Where the hell is my Giant fruit, I love fruit!"

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Male 161
OH FOR drat SAKES!! i could just predict all the under 18 children bitching that it`s too long, and saying it`s stupid because you little stupid kids are too drating lazy to read because you`re all a bunch of stupid little spoiled non-nice individuals. Notice everyone over 18 had intelligent answers, while you little drating brats just wasted space by posting your stupid comments? get the drat off here children and let the adults talk.
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Male 7,933
And there is something people dont realize that the United States has hands down the best athletes in the world.
2004 Olympics:
1.U.S- 102 medals
2. China- 63 medals
10. Great Britain- 30 medals

We are a nation of extremes. The smartest/dumbest people live here. The most athletic/ least athletic live here.

Miami ranks #15 in obesity in the U.S. but all college athletic recruits practically live here scouting players.

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Male 7,933
They really really messed up on the horse thing
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Female 29
whats with all the giant fruit and flowers lol.

but as i laugh i think of how i will laugh at myself when i read this aged 80, tucking into my giant strawb with a knife n fork

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Male 136
Wey_Pooh... chill pill... now.
but this was surprisingly accurate, despite a lot of inacuracies in HOW things are done... the airship think kind of reminded me of the early Final Fantasies, though.
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Male 120
My prediction in the year 2108... you will all be DEAD.
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Male 580
Wall of text is badd....
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Male 1,003
This is so stupid, it pissed me off. Seriously...
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Female 192
they actually did really good!
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Male 122
kewl, they predictd teh invenshun ov lolcat speek.
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Male 2,159
The "No C,X or Q" bit sounds silly, but Americans spell names by sound all the time.

Dalziel has become DL, Georgia is sometimes Jorja, Chelsea could be Chelsey, or any other assortment of letters that make the word.

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Female 239
"Everyone will walk 10 miles"... that prediction was kinda right. Lots of people only walk 10 miles their entire LIVES in America!!!
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Female 507
so i kant use reel speleng? Spel bi sownd?
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Female 1,492
these prediction are a Massive Fail!!! because they are all wrong!!!
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Female 322
Oh wow! The wireless phone and the Tube were so accurate!

...London Underground <3

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Female 283
Wow, if you really think about it, people were intelligent back then. Sure, they may not have been educated as good (I think my grammar is wrong. Should it be "as well"? Nevermind, ^_^) but they were able to study developments that people have created the century before them an make perdictions about how technology and life would advance.
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Female 246
walk 10 miles? apparently there are A LOT of weaklings out there. cool article
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Female 427
Well, I found it interesting. It`s pretty accurate surprisingly. I mean, perhaps we don`t have flowers that are as big as cabbage heads, but we could easily genetically engineer them that way.
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Male 724
They predicted hydrofoils.
:o
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Male 4,393
ok....
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Male 12
i love that america basicaly rules the world
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Female 274
Wow...people will live fifty years instead of the average 35!?!?!?!?!?!

Try most people live well into their 80`s or 90`s!

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Male 57
beternal: What the heck? Cream? On strawberries? Crazy Brits...
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Male 1,111
ladies and gentlemen exhibit C
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Male 686
Hahaha 10 miles? Yeah sure, there`s a gym in every scool and city, but thats to COUNTERACT the increasing waistlines.
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Female 1,134
and then 2012 comes and we all die.... eh to boring to read, oh well.
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Male 1,111
yeah I was curious about the Russian language as well TeHrussian, kind of odd they just brought that out of no where.
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Female 68
pretty awesome .... some of that was spot on. i just wish the free college bit was true as well. either that or i`m totally missing out.
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Male 490
They were smoking some serious stuff. Even thinking back to what I know about 1900, there were no real indicators for such things as extinction of wild animals or storekeepers being arrested for exposing their food to air.

Also, Russia was not even a real superpower back then, so where`d they get that it would rank as a second most-spoken language in the world?

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Male 1,111
a lot of countries have free universities, lol just not America which will probably happen once I`m done paying for grad. school

They left out one prediction: People residing in England will still be boorish pompous asses and we still won`t like them or have to like them as a result of our freedom being won all those years ago.

But just like any extremists because of some overweight people America is put into one category, but honestly if all they can pull out on us is Health issues that`s pretty bad.

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Male 10,440
^ Is it too much text or is it against your beliefs?

Anyway, they made many mistakes, and I`m not talking about what they didnt predict would happen, I`m talking about errors in prediction from their point of view.

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Male 411
I think I`m gonna skip on this unholy text mountain for now...
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Male 282
Lixa123: Black roses are already available. They have been for quite a while. Most of the more inexpensive ones are a very dark red. But if you`re willing to pay the premium, you can find real black ones.

The extinction of several of the animals/insects are laughable. If an animal has been tamed, there`s not much chance of it leaving the landscape anytime soon. People get too attached to animals to let that happen.

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Male 282
"Not bad, old ladies. Now get back to your pie making."
Heh. The article was written by a man. I`m surprised he didn`t dumb it down any.
And, 5cats, several things you listed as them NOT having actually were widely available in America. Sure, a lot of the smaller towns didn`t have electricity. But it was very easily obtained, especially for mining towns in the middle of freakin` nowhere. And you can`t have telegraph without electricity.

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Female 498
very very enlightening to read kinda makes you wonder...
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Female 18
English will become a language of condensed words and ideas. This is the most surprising right one. Think about it "wuu2" "c u l8r"
No street cars is becoming more the case with congestion charges in London.
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Male 14
some of these seem right but it`s 2008. all of this should have happened 8 years ago
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Female 579
OOOH! I want stawberries the size of apples and black roses and if they kill horses and mice i`ll kill them XD
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Male 305
I love how so much will be accomplished through the, "miracle" of electricity. Exciting stuff back then.
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Male 901
The free universities are currently residing in Sweden and most of northern Europe.

And I thought it was way off. The only things they actually bulls-eyed were the obvious things (like people being taller)

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Male 2,720
Not bad, old ladies. Now get back to your pie making.
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Female 472
Ok, thats two cracks on Americans about weight.

I say, if you dont have anything nice to say....dont say anything at all.

The redundancy of your comments about americans and the growing waistline has been made apparent. We know we have a high obesity rate, its not something we are proud of, but we dont need the constant reminder.
Thanks for your input, but keep it to yourself.

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Female 415
thats pretty weird about the pictures
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Male 1,526
jupp. free university here in sweden, we even get money to study ;S spott on.
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Female 137
Giant strawberries would rock! Well, some of us here in Europe get free University education, so that one is true too!
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Female 691
lol @fruit predictions

i wish i had an apple-sized raspberry :-(

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Male 1,343
goddammit...

totally would have been down with the strawberries one.

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Male 2,703
fallenhero, read the whole thing, "the living body will to all medical purposes be transparent. not only will it be possible for a physician to actually see a living, throbbing heart inside teh chest, but he will be able to magnify and photograph any part of it. This work will be done with rays of invisible light." and despite the exclusion of the letter x, we call it an X-Ray.

everything was pretty spot on, the only real thing that was way off was that america would be expanding more.

giant fruit would taste disgusting.

also, the letters being excluded in our language reminded me of "1984" and new-speak. "double plus good" instead of excellent.

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Female 678
`There will be no C X or Q in the alphabet.`

hahaha. that one made me laugh

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Female 1,395
`the American will be taller by from one to two inches` substitute `taller` for fatter` and `inches` for `hundred pounds` and they hit the nail right on the head =)

What is it with the giant fruit? ive read this giant fruit predication a few times before...i want my giant fruit god damn it!

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Female 108
CAT, X-RAY, QUACK! Those are things people hear or know about .... stupid 108 year-agoers.
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Male 106
I think the last one is kind of funny: "No drugs will be swallowed." Drugs are swallowed, sniffed, injected, and some even shoved in places you rather wouldn`t have them shoved.
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Male 40,291
Hey! Cut the ladies some slack! 100 years ago, the world was a VERY different place:
They did have: movies, telegraph, photographs, indoor plumbing, steam trains
They did NOT have: radio, TV, telephone, electricity, cars, air conditioners, vaccines, airplanes,
Some things were invented by 1900, but were not in use yet.
So what they did guess right is pretty remarkable. And yeah, some guesses were way WAY off! No roaches? lmao!
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Male 743
two step forwards one step back-thats how the world moves,and its made this article pretty damn accurate
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Male 3,014
"In tha fuchr, ahl nuzpaprz and othr piriodikolz wil adopt fonetik speling."

Thay kud start duing that ryt nau. But Y think it wud bi difikolt tu rid.

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Female 57
Yeah, some of the predictions were off, but the ones that were close were pretty accurate, seeing as the people had very little to base their predictions off of. Imagine if we made predictions for the year 3000? That would be interesting.
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Male 815
very interesting....

and yeah, american`s will walk 10 miles haha

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Female 469
Hey. I`ll boy_ott it however the hell I want, Mr. _manatlan.

Oh and the giant strawberries are out there!!!

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Male 1,275
This is pretty stupid.
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Male 2,586
I`m totally for the "strawberries the size of apples"... but imagine the amount of cream you`d need!

And with all these food advances- America doubles in size... (or rather, the people do... AGAIN!)

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Male 957
Wow this is great!

Yeah, where IS that free college? most of us got really screwed on that one!

I think they should teach etiquette, too many A-holes go to college nowadays.

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Female 695
Cool. Very very cool.
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Male 4,546
This is a repost, but good nontheless.
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Female 1,002
No wild animals?
That`d be sad.
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Male 11
They got the store purchases by tube, with people can buy stuff through the intertubes
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Male 1,111
seems like they got most of them right, which is surprising. The one where it essentially talked about TV or a web cam and the photographs being "telegraphed" over long distances were perfect.

makes you wonder what kind of stuff we`ve predicted today that everyone thinks is crazy but will happen within the next 100 years.


what else did they get right:

Hot and cold air
ready to eat meals
taller americans
the street car thing is close (with monorails etc etc)
and they just made blue roses within the last 5 years


Hey you never know, the rest of it could come true even further in the future ;)

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Male 4,012
Some are amazingly accurate, and some are just quite wacky even for people from the future like us to think about. Like very large strawberries and flowers.
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Male 602
Boykotting the "c" letter doesn`t mean not putting it in, it means replassing it with a letter that has the same sound. To simplify language. And besides like 2 or 3, + the fruit ones, they got everything right.
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Male 472
the tubes thing was one of the most accurate if the internet is a series of tubes :)
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Female 960
Hm, some of those are pretty spot-on.
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Male 1,217
There were some pretty wacky people in the 1900`s. I never knew that.
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Female 387
Well, they didn`t quite get it right about planes, but a sucessful prediction of the Internet (ish) is pretty good for 1900. Some of this is just dumb though.

Then again, a lot of people around the Internet these days use simplified spelling.

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Male 86
I lol`d when I read the part about high-speed fridgerators traveling long distances.
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Male 480
LOL DRUGS!!!
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Male 3,301
What, no flying cars?
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Female 414
yeah... some was accurate and some was the total opposite :-P

200th post!

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Male 458
Sorry, it`s 1:10 am and I don`t feel like reading a wall of text. I read the bold letters though, and some of it seemed accurate.
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Male 8
everyone will walk 10 miles
if one cannot do that they are considered a weakling
i dont know anyone who does that do you?
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Male 2,113
thats impossible without mosquitoes and flies most bugs will die out then some animals that eat bugs then..........well you get the point
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Female 2,249
interesting...
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Female 469
I`m boy_otting the letter "C" now. Little bit wrong on the free _ollege thing. Of _ourse this 70,000 I am going to have to pay _ould just be a figment of my imagination...
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Female 1,572
Too much to read in whole but I skimmed
and you`re right..
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Male 20,825
Link: Predictions: ``In the Year 2000...`` [Rate Link] - In 1900, the Ladies` Home Journal made predictions for the next 100 years. They didn`t do too bad, but some are wacky.
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