26 Predictions About The Future (That Were Really Inaccurate)

The thing about dealing with predicting the future is that, at some point, the future happens and then we get to look back at everyone who was laughably wrong. We asked our readers to go digging through the annals of time to see what some of the greatest minds from the past saw in the future, and gave $200 to the worst prediction ...

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Entry by Jordan Rudow

In 1905, Popular Mechanics predicted that the Electric Handshake would allow a physician to examine a patient in another city. This didn't come to p

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Entry by Marconi Rebus

Thomas Edison. Inventor. Visionary. Metalhead. The house of the next century will be furnished from basement to attic with steel... The baby of the t

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Entry by maluba

Where a calculator like ENIAC today is equipped with 000 vacuum! tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1.000 vacuum tubes an

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Entry by gicusudoru

Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Internet. Uh, sure. So how co

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BBZUARY 1951 35 CENTS POPULAR MECHANICS MAGAZINE ANEN $ vOU The new Hiller Hornet'is a small. personal vehicle.... Eventually, that price can be cut

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Entry by Marconi Rebus

CRACKEDCON OUR GOD DAMNED MOON the 17th since fail, bases BASE? without moon decade, A generation. been predicting every Base 1950s, within Moon has e

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Entry by danduplant

The 2014 Worid's Fair will have exhibits showing cities in the deep sea with bathyscaphe liners carrying men and supplies across and into the abyss. c

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Reader's Digest NEW Reading skills Reader (1966) Our Future World in 1999 Art by Fred Freeman (1906-1988) FF In this art of the world in 1999 and beyo

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Entry by S Peter Davis

Given a compact power source ... the house of the future would have no roots tying it to the ground. Gone would be water pipes, drains, power lines;

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Entry by MinorShan

In 1949 experts predicted women will be more than six feet tall, wear a size 11 shoe, have shoulders like a wrestler and muscles like a truck drive

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Popular Science -November 1963 Must Tomorrow's Man Look Like This? CHASER- OPTICO-VIDEO ATOM ANTENNA SYNCHRO -ELECTRONIC SHAVER GAMMA- RAY REPELLER. O

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Entry by John E.

Nuclearvpowered cleaners racum will probably be reality in a 10 years. Alex Lewyt President of Lewyt vacuum company, 1955 RACKEDOON

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Entry by CopperPoppy

John Elfreth Watkins, an American civil engineer, made several predictions in 1900 about the year 2000. Like... A BADE F GHIJKL MN NOLAR O P R S TUV W

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CRACKED CON EN 2000 teaching by electrocution, EN LAN 2000 Flying firemen, EN LAN 2000 and... a roomba? Ok, partial credit on that one, 1899

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Entry by Roland223

NY 5oo The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible, because it will make war ridiculous . -Guglielmo Marconi

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Entry by Girz

Dr. Dionysius Lardner (1793-1859), professor of natural philosophy, is quoted on the topic of railway travel as having said: not possible, because is

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Democracy will be dead by 1950. -John Langdon-Davies, A Short Historxt of the Future, Prophecy No. 5. CRACKEDCO

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Entry by Marconi Rebus

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

CRACKED.COM Almost all of the many predictions being made about now 1996 hinge on the Internet's continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Int

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Entry by John E.

The April 3, I988 issue of Los Angeles Times Magazine with futurist and concept artist Syd Mead visualizes the Los Angeles of 2013. They envision a ci

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Entry by mkad

Within ten years porterhouse steak will cost US $1 a pound [~$25 in today's money], and then, peering still more deeply into the dismal future, he se

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Entry by RoninTuna

By the mid 1980's, automated autos, noiseless pneumatic sub- ways and luxury-liner hovercraft will have radically restructured our surface mobility

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Entry by Mattcee

T Find Some Use For Every Wild Animal Man's Steadily Increasing Need for More Space Will Eventually Force U ntamed Beasts to Pay Their Way in the Sche

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Entry by RedRaspberry

aners Strawberries as large as apples as will be as eaten by our John ELfreth Watkins Jr, December 1900 CRACKED

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Entry by Girz

REAT ami THE DECCA TAPES We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. - Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles. 1962.

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Entry by skglim

[Apple] seems to have two options. The first is to break itself up, selling the hardware side. The second is to sell the company outright. -The Econ